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One of Tylers birthday presents was these ELC My First Crayons. They were a pack of six in the colours black, green, yellow, red, blue and pink. Three of the crayons had red handles, the other handles were blue. The handles themself are very chunky and great for little toddler hands. The crayon is a sort of cone shape, held in place with a ring, this ring screws on to the circular handle (making refills easy to do). They are relativly easy to unscrew but my toddler hasnt worked it out yet, neither do I think he'll be able to for a while.
When it comes to crayons unless they are something your child isn't really into I feel they are one of those products you cant skimp on. I'm sure we all have products like these (for instance I'll get tesco value baked beans but would I get value chocolate, I think not.) Tyler has been given cheap crayons before and trying to colour in pictures of colouring books with them was a nightmare- the colour barley showed up. If you have found a decent cheap brand by all means let me know and comment on this review but I have thus far been unsuccessful. Although these are by a trusted brand (ELC) I have had a little look on their website and seen that these particular crayons won't break the bank- only £4.80 for 6 (currently reduced from £6). I wouldn't be tempted to buy more simply as they are so chunky there is no easy place to store them. They fit great on the slot on our drawing table but last time I left them there after a drawing session I went to cook in our adjoining kitchen (where I can see Tyler), turned my back for 5 minutes to put some items in the oven and turned round to find my precious 2 year old colouring in my cream sofa...
The thing is although this chunky shape isn't ideal for storage it really is ideal for toddler hands. We have a few crayola crayons sitting in the pot of crayons I keep but its the chunky ELC ones he goes for, I guess he prefers the grip on them and the feel on his hands.
Use wise my son is a keen artist. To give you an idea of how much he uses crayons we also got a colouring book for his birthday, he'd finished it within an hour (Ok, so some pictures were only half scribbled on), we got through many drawings a day. These crayons however are still very full. My only concern would be how much crayon exactly was wasted when they eventually wear down and how hard it would be to draw as they get less full. However 2 months with no visible difference is great considering my sons usage so I am happy you get you're value out of them.
Usefully when the crayon begins to run out you can just order refills from the ELC website, these come in at just £2.40 so half the price of getting a new set.
I'd say I'll definitly get refills when these crayons run out but it may be I don't need to as by the time they run out Tyler probably wont be wanting the big chunky handles and will have moved on to using "Big boy crayons".
Accessories available separately.Six wax crayons that are specially designed to help little hands create mini masterpieces.Paper available separately Age range: 18 months - 3 years.