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A while ago I bought Jayden some crayons and a colouring book so that he could start to draw and colour, at the moment he is not overly bothered about drawing and has to be in the mood for it. Me and my Mum decided to get him something to draw with when he is at my Parents if he felt like it, we came across the Crayola My First Markers, although they were not crayons they were still aimed his age group so we decided to give them a try.
The Crayola My First Markers are basically chunky pens, they are made from a white plastic with "My First Crayon" written in the centre of the pen, this is written in the same colour as the pen, there is also a colour wavy line going around the top and the bottom of each maker, again the colour matches the colour of the pen.
Each marker has a brightly coloured lid on the top to prevent the markers from drying out, this also shows you what colour the ink inside the pen is, the lids simply pull off and push back on the end of the markers, young children may need a little help putting the lids back on after they have used them.
Each marker has a rounded shape and is quite thick and chunky making them easy for little hands to hold and grip easily. Each Crayola My First Marker has a rounded nib on the end, this has been specially designed so that you child can draw bold strokes of colour no matter what angle they hold the pen at, young children do not know how to hold a pen properly but the nib allows them to draw despite this. The nips on the markers are also designed so that they cannot be removed by your child making them safe for them to use. These markers are aimed for children aged 12 months onwards. Another fact that I liked about these was that the ink is washable and is said to easily wash off of skin and clothes so there is no need for scrubbing.
You get 8 different coloured markers in this pack including purple, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black. and brown. All the colours are bold and bright so they will stand out on most different coloured papers. The bold colour will definitely catch your child's attention and the nibs allow you to draw thick lines, again so that they easily stand out.
We purchased Jayden's pack of Crayola My First Markers from Tesco and the pack of 8 pens cost £2.99. Personally I didn't think this was a too bad price for this item, I have seen cheaper versions on sale, however personally I would rather buy a trusted brand as I know they will contain what they say they do and will be safe for Jayden to use.
Jayden has had his Crayola My First Markers for a while now and he has played with them a few times when he has been in the mood to draw. Quality wise these markers are very good, they are a good size for little hands to hold and they are also safe for young children and there is no worry that they will be able to remove the nip of the pens. There is a range of different bright colours and the way that the markers are designed allows you child to easily draw no matter how they hold the pen, I personally thought this was an excellent idea, especially for very young children like Jayden.
Despite the quality of the markers being good there was a problem with them, the packet promised that the ink was washable and could easily be washed from clothes and skin, however this was not the case, when Jayden was drawing with the markers he got the ink all over his hands, at the time I wasn't too bothered as I thought I would just simply wash it off, however no matter how much I washed his hands I could not remove the ink, I couldn't actually get it off until he was in the bath and I still had to scrub at his skin to remove the ink. He did also get a bit of ink on his clothes, this did actually wash of straight away.
Personally I found that the markers were quite messy for a young child and the fact that the ink was hard for them to remove just made it not worth the effort. Personally I would not recommend the markers for young children even though they are aimed for children ages 12 months plus as they are so messy, however they would be suitable for slightly older children.
When my daughter first took an interest in colouring these were the first pens I got her. In fact at the time I looked for pens these were the only age appropriate ones I could find. What swayed it for me was the fact they were washable. A box of 8 pens costs around £3 from most supermarkets.
The pens are for 12 months and over and are described as being first markers. Inside the box you get red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and brown. The pens are white with Crayola Beginnings written on them in the corresponding colour. The lid matches the colour or the pen and has air holes in case it is swallowed.
The best thing about these pens and the thing I remember doing as a child is stacking them together to make a giant pen. My daughter finds this amusing and does it herself too.
The pens are around the same size as normal felt tips but slightly thicker to make them suitable for younger children. The first thing I noticed when I opened the lid was that the pens don't have conventional nibs. In fact the nib is rather like a bingo marker very flat and rounded. The benefit of this is that as young children can't hold a pen properly the colour in all directions.
The first thing my daughter did when she held the pen was run her fingers all over the nib resulting in coloured fingers. Even 7 months later she still does it. The downside to the pens is that when she chooses a colour I have to take off the lid and then replace the lid on the previous pen for her to prevent them drying out. As a result these can only be used when supervised as even at 19 months she can't take the lid off and replace it herself.
They don't keep my daughters interest very long as she gets fed up with one colour and whereas with pencils and crayons she can choose a different colour she needs my help with these. On the plus side the colours are great but the shape of the nib makes it impossible to colour inside the lines when I help her out. Instead she just dots the pen on the paper then plays with the nib. I have also noticed that the lighter colours have become discoloured as a result of colouring over darker colours. Eveb scribbling on a blank sheet for a while doesn't remove it. I also found the colours are very wet and even on the thickest paper and colouring books the pen seeps through to the second page.
On the plus side these pens are washable this is great as they are very messy. A few minutes with these pens and my daughter has coloured her hands, arms and legs. The best feature is that you don't need soap only water to remove them and a quick rinse under the tap will wash away most of the colour. For darker colours you need to rub a little. The pens also wash easily out of clothes.
Overall these aren't for us. They are far too messy and therefore not practical to take out with us. I much prefer the pencils and rayons in the same range.
We ended up with these pens by mistake when I was ordering some Crayola pens from Amazon and we were sent these instead of the 12 pack of supertips which I had ordered, when I cannot Amazon they were great sending me out the correct pens and saying we could keep these pens too.
We were buying opens for our daughter as she was beginning to be bought sets that had felt tip pens in which we had never allowed before but eventually we gave in however after she ruined a second top I told her I was putting them in the bin and buying her some washable ones instead. These pens had I bought them would have been just over £3 which I think is a good price since it means the clothes are safe.
These pens are from the beginnings range and are for children aged 1 year and up, they are supposed to be washable without soap however I would have to dispute this issue as I have to use soap to get the darker colours from my childrens skin. The pens are packaged in a bright yellow box which is the colour that is associated with Crayola, there are 8 pens in the box and each pen has beginnings written up the white barrel in the colour of the pen.
Inside the box you get 8 colours which are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink and light blue so there is a good range of colours. On taking the top off the nib is quite chunky which gives good wide strips of colour and the colours are nice and bright. The pens wash easily from clothes but like I said I have to use soap to get them fully from the skin which isn't an issue however it isn't what Crayola claim. This is a good set of beginner pens and even better if you get them free like I did.
My little girl has always loved her crafts and is actively encouraged by me as I love an excuse to do a bit of colouring in! she received this set of pens many months ago and it is still going strong.
Inside the small cardboard box is a set of eight felt tip pens. The pens are white with an illustration on the main body of the pen and a lid that corresponds with the colour of the felt tip. Colours are black, brown, blue, green, red, orange, purple, yellow.
These felt tips are quite chunky so good for smaller hands that are just getting used to holding pens and scribbling. The nibs are also quite thick so these aren't designed for any precision scribbling! The felt tips work beautifully however - the colour is really pigmented and goes on smoothly.
After a year of on and off use, none of these pens has run out and all the nibs are still intact (unlike some other felt tips we have where the nibs have got all squashed or even gone 'inside' the pen with a bit of over-vigorous scribbling!). There is also no strong smell unlike with other pens, which is of course a bonus as they are designed for young children.
A clean dream
Obviously one of the selling points of these pens is the fact they are washable, and I can definitely vouch for this. Ink has ended up on hands, as well as arms and legs (my daughter likes to colour herself in on occasion when my back is turned) and it really does wash off no problem. We've also had a few rogue scribbles end up on clothes and again these have washed off, using my normal 30 degree wash cycle, and I have never spotted any traces of pen being left behind after a wash. The ink also wipes easily off our wooden floors!
All in all this is a great set of pens that does exactly what they say they will do. The colours are bright and fun, and they wash off different surfaces with ease! They are great for younger artists although I find now that my daughter is three and trying to colour in pictures without going over the lines, she prefers to use thinner felt tips. But for big, bold, fun scribbles these are just ideal.
These are available online for around £3 and are suitable for one year and over.