Product Type: Crayola Art / Craft
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Not my best choice!
Crayola Washable Markers
Member Name: taramorg23
Crayola Washable Markers
Disadvantages: Messy and impractical for a 1 year old
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.
Summary: Not for us!
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