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I was bought some lovely little heart shaped chalk boards that were also name cards. The little hearts have ribbon on the tops you can fasten them around the stem of your wine glass as you set the table. I love these chalk boards and they give the table a lovely vintage feel. To write names on the boards I invested in a packet of white crayola chalk. ==Price and availability== The cost of a packet of 12 chalks is 90p which is cheap and I am happy to pay this sort of money for god quality chalk. ==Description== The chalks are packaged in the unmistakable Crayola yellow cardboard and sit neatly in the box with a flip top lid for access. They break easily so choose a packet from the back of the shelf. The chalks are around 4 inch long and less than half an inch wide. The chalks have a flat edge on either side. On holding the chalk a very small amount of chalk residue will be left on your fingers. The chalks are thick and easy to handle. ==My experiences== I find that the chalks are a little too flat to write with on the small chalk boards when I first open the packet so I have to sharpen them by filing away at one of the ends. I need a thinner point to be able to write neatly and legibly on the place card. As you press on, you will see the rich white lines cover the board nicely, you do not need to go over the lines and on the whole you do not even need to press on that much to make a good stroke. Some chalk is too hard and it is hard to get it to transfer on to the chalk board. Afterwards, the chalk marks just rub off and with a damp cloth the boards look as good as new. As a child I was allowed to use chalk outside and cover some of the flag stones with chalk designs, afterwards the rain just washed the chalk away so there was no lasting damage but it was fun being able to chalk and draw outside; no other medium can be used in this way. We used to draw maps and hopscotches and overall had a lot of fun with the chalk. I now use for much more sophisticated purposes but I still remember the fun I used to have. Overall, a good product and a reliable one too.
**Introduction** As my daughter has reached the age of 19 months recently, at her daycare she is doing a lot of drawing nowadays. I am pretty sure she will become the next Picasso. I've noticed she is really fond of drawing so last week I bought some pencils, colouring books and a chalkboard with these white chalks. Today she got her presents and she immediately started to use the chalk on her chalkboard. Hope you like my review! **About Crayola** Crayola is a brand of artistry supplies. The company was founded in 1885, but at that time was named Binney and Smith. The company was best known for its crayons. Originally the company was an industrial pigment supply company but after a while it started to focus on art products that could be used at home and on schools. The famous white chalk was one of the first products sold to schools and households. Later on the assortment was expanded with product such as colored pencils, paint in all sorts of colors, modeling clay and markers. The Crayola products are known for their non-toxic and safe use for children. Crayola is known among 99% of British households. The Crayola products are sold in over 80 countries worldwide. **About Crayola chalk** These famous white chalk crayons can be bought at nearly any office supply store, toy store, warehouse and book store. They are cheap, and will only cost you £0.79 which I think is a bargain. There are 12 crayons in a box, the cardboard box isn't too steady, but I guess the best way to avoid broken crayons is to put them in another box, one that is steadier. I like the fact there are 12 chalk crayons in a box. Everybody with a creative toddler running around, probably knows these crayons get lost, thrown in the bin while they shouldn't be in there, get eaten or just break because they fall on the floor. With an amount of 12 crayons, it is easy to replace a broken one. Something I also like about these chalk crayons, is the fact that when my daughter accidentally draws on her clothes or on me (which seems to happen quite a lot "accidentally", the chalk can be removed easily. You just need to wet a cloth and the chalk stain can be wiped away. The chalk is dust free, so when it is used to draw on the chalk board, you don't need to hover the entire room because there isn't any dust coming from these crayons. I have been teaching for quite some years and the chalk I used always was very dusty, so these Crayola chalks are a lot better. **My opinion** Cheap chalk crayons, easy to use, no dust problems when using these and besides that, for sale at almost any store that sells office supplies or art-supplies. Sure, these chalk crayons will break when they fall on the hard kitchen floor, but I guess for 0.79 P that shouldn't be much of a problem.
Crayola are a company who specialise in art and crafts products, including pens, coloured pencils, colouring books and CHALK to name but a few. This review is on the white chalk that they sell, and in which I had cause to buy a box of a couple of months ago. I bought my box on line for less than 80p (including delivery) from a well known and large online retailer, which I thought was a bargain. Sadly when it arrived, 8 out of the 12 chalks were broken in some way. Upon contacting the retailer another box were sent. This time all 12 white chalks were in full, and measured I guess about 5 inches. There can't be many of us over the age of 40, who don't remember the old blackboard. During those days standard chalk was used, along with a duster. The chalk created a lot of dust, and when removed with a duster, it gathered it all. I know, because I was the lad in class who usually had the duster thrown at him, for not paying attention in class. There have been reports over the year of teachers who had allergies because of the dust, and subsequently became ill. Fortunately over the years, technology has moved forward and blackboards are somewhat a thing of the past. I am teaching my little boy to write at the moment, and I have a blackboard on legs, as well as a small hand held one with a timber frame. When I bought it originally it came with chalk, but this was some years ago when my other children were young. I therefore bought some white and coloured chalk. My youngster fortunately doesn't suffer from asthma, but I know how in youngsters this can be triggered by dust. I was therefore delighted to note that Crayola had created Anti Dust Chalk. I have used this on a number of occasions now, and the little lad loves playing teacher. When it was hot we'd use the boards in the garden. So what has changed? Well the chalk snaps easy. That hasn't changed. It writes well. However it certainly is true that it creates 'less' dust, when rubbed out. I say less dust, because it does actually create a small amount. I guess this is the reason it is called Anti Dust rather than No Dust Chalk, My other daughter uses it to write on the pavement, and I have found with a bit of water (and occasionally a brush) it can be removed. This chalk is suitable for all kinds of things. I've noticed many shops, bars etc still use boards, to write special offers etc. It is so much cheaper and will stand up to the weather,more than pen on carboard/paper, and looks more professional too. At less than 80p a pack of 12, delivered (see advert on this page) you can certainly understand why. Highly Recommended!! Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk