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My kids love to colour and one of the things I really like them to colour with are crayons. I like them much better than felt tip pens as they do not make as much mess at all and they are nicer than coloured pencils in my opinion as you don't need to sharpen them when they get a bit blunt like you need to do with pencils.
In my opinion Crayola crayons are the best crayons you can buy but these chunky crayons from Galt do come a close second. We bought these in our local Beales store and they cost us £3.25 which I didn't think was a bad price.
The crayons come in a round plastic tub with a lid which is a good storage place although it is a bit of a pain to put all the crayons back properly as you need to line them all up correctly so they don't slide down and then not stack up if you know what I mean. This can be a bit annoying at times but it's still a nice place to store them.
There are 24 crayons in this tub and they are short and stubby, about the length of a regular crayon but thick in diameter. This means my kids can get a really nice grip on them and draw a really good picture with them. What I like about them is that there is no paper around them like there is with Crayola crayons so you don't have to peel the paper away when the crayon is worn down a bit. The crayons have a really nice point at the top of them and then a chunky bottom so you can draw quite thin lines or big fat ones if you use the bottom of the crayon. The colours are great and there is every colour you could want and think of including pink, purple, blue, green, reds, yellows, etc.
Some crayons can be quite waxy and not really transfer much colour onto a page but these crayons are great in that they actually draw well and if you apply a bit of pressure they make quite a thick, dark line.
All in all, a great tub of crayons.
When my son was around 18 months and really taking an interest in mark-making/drawing I decided to invest in some colouring books and crayons. Knowing that we were shortly to be going away on a family holiday, I thought that this was something that would keep him occupied both in our accommodation and when out and about whilst taking up minimal precious packing space. I came across this pot of chunky crayons from Galt when browsing on Amazon and decided that these were the ones that I would purchase. They cost me around £4.50 for 24 crayons.
The crayons come in a small clear plastic tub, in which they all stand at an angle so, from the top, you can clearly see all the colours available and select the one that you wish to use. The crayons inside are thick and shaped into a rounded point at one end for colouring with. There are no paper wraps on the crayons like some brands - the child just holds on to the crayon directly. I was dubious about this initially as the crayon has quite a shiny surface and I thought it may slip in my son's hands. However, this has not been an issue. The crayons are chunky (as the name suggests!) so he is able to get a good grip and they remain within that grip whilst in use. Also, his hands do not smell too 'waxy' after using them which was another reservation that I had!
There are a good variety of colours and shades contained in the pot and my son enjoys not only selecting the colour he wants to use but the 'lighter' or 'darker' one in some shades. In use, they are easy for him to pick up, hold and direct the point where he wants to colour. They colour in well too - he did not have to apply too much pressure to transfer colour to the page and the crayons do not wear down very fast. Even if he does apply a lot of pressure, the crayons withstand it well and do not snap easily.
Overall, I would say that these are probably not the cheapest crayons on the market. They are good quality though and last well and we still have these in use a year on - so I would definitely recommend them. Their recommended age is three years plus but, given their size, I think that they are ideal for the grasp of much younger toddlers.