Product Type: Melissa & Doug Art / Craft
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The "write" tool for the job.
Melissa & Doug Triangular Crayons
Member Name: broxi3781
Melissa & Doug Triangular Crayons
Advantages: A very well made product, worth every penny.
Disadvantages: Not as many shades as smaller crayons.
I've mentioned in a previous review, that my oldest son has never liked to colour in. He will paint now and again, but he has never been one for drawing, colouring etc.... but when he started have problems with writing we bought special pencil grips which really helped. When he took to triangular grips so much I couldn't help thinking about Azana's review here. I'd been considering the crayons since I had read the review, and Azana assured me they were of good quality. I've bought a couple of other items she has reviewed, and always been happy so I gave it a shot.
I was hoping these would encourage him to colour a bit, but I wasn't expecting miracles. If I had been expecting miracles though, I still would not have been disappointed. I can't believe I now have walls covered with colouring in pictures, I am shock. Not only is he happy enough to colour now, the results are completely different, and he really is able to colour nicely and neatly. For any child with difficulties in holding pencils or crayons - I honestly can not recommend these highly enough.
Before reading Azana's review, I would not have expected these crayons to last long. I was concerned that the lack of paper would mean they would break easily. My 3 year old and 7 year old have both been using these, and ( knock wood) none have broken despite a couple of colours being dropped. These produce nice rich colours, without having to press too hard, and are very easy for both boys to use. The colour transfers easily to the paper, but not to hands, and I find these neat and easy to use. Of course the shape means you can not use a sharpener, but it is easy enough to bring these back to a point by colouring a bit with one held sideways. We have only had these about a week, so I can't say for certain how long they will last - but they have had a massive amount of use so far with very little wear.
I think the price on these is quite fair. I paid £3.34 for a package of 12. I won't be buying this pack again as the pack of 24 is a better bargain at £4.99, but I am still happy enough with the first set. My husband on the other hand thinks this is a terrible price as he has bought several sets of crayons this year from the pound shop at the obvious price - but the fact is they get used once and the broken up bits get tossed in a candle making box. He really isn't saving any money when he buys the same thing over and over - and even new out of the box they simply are not as nice to use.
Both of my sons love these. I would very strongly recommend them for toddlers and young children because they are sturdy, easy to use and the triangular shape will help develop the habit of holding crayon correctly. For children who struggle to hold writing implements correctly these are really a gift, and I do think children who get used to using these from an early age may naturally develop correct finger placement for writing. But even for older children, with no difficulties, I would still recommend these. They are a very well made product and a real joy to use ( naturally I tried them out myself before writing this). The triangular shape just makes these so much more comfortable to hold, the high quality of the pigment makes them pleasing to use, and you can even use them sideways to shade large areas. I certainly would have loved these as a child myself, and I can't see going back to ordinary crayons in the near future here. The only reason I could imagine going back to ordinary crayons would be to buy one of those giant boxes with a huge variety in colours. These only seem to come in 12 or 24 packs, but in all honesty 24 colours is fine for our purposes - and 24 coulours that get used is a far better deal than 96 that stay in a box.
Summary: Has made colouring fun for my son :)
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