“ Brand: Mister Maker / Type: Craft Supplies „
Mister Maker has something approaching god-like status in our household, with the two 3 and under's enthralled whenever he is on television; my wife actually does a lot of creative/ craft play with them, and often uses ideas from Mr Maker, which they love. For those mercifully out of the loop, Mr Maker is a presenter on the CBeebies Channel, who presents a 'how to make things' type show, like spaceships out of yoghurt pots, that type of thing.
We do tend to buy branded items, usually with CBeebies personalities, as the kids prefer these, and that is how we ended up in possession of this, the Mister Maker Pack of Eight Washable Pens. I chose these for four reasons:-
1. They were cheap.
2. They were washable
3. They had Mr Makers face prominently displayed on there.
4. They were washable
(yes, I know I put washable twice, but all parents know thats pretty essential!)
The pack of eight pens comes in your standard see through plastic pack, with cardboard insert featuring Mr Maker and 'Washable Pens'. The pens come in all the colours you would expect..blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple and brown. Standard size felt tips, with long white caps. Packaging and pens looked a tad cheap, to be honest, but cost wise they were, so I guess you get what you pay for.
Well, the proof is in the pudding, so we broke out the paper and let the kids go at it...and go at it they did. That was the first problem; all the pens drew as through they were running out of ink. You had to really press down hard to get any sort of reasonable amount of colour, something the kids struggled to do. Failing that, you ended up with really faint lines. After very little use, a couple of the pens actually gave up the ghost quite quickly, refusing to work any more at all; this may have been due to the enthusiastic handling by the kids, but as these are meant to be for the kids that would be a mighty design flaw.
Speaking of design flaw, it is all very well advertising your product as 'washable', but when the ink it produces is faint anyway, you would be hard pressed to find anything to wash off! the ink is still there, you just can't see it.
It is fair to say I was not impressed; Mister Maker came out of it unscathed, as I told my daughter he must have sent some broken ones by mistake and would be very sorry, but it would be nice if the BBC would have some degree of quality control on the products it allows companies to sell with its characters on. These were no better quality than the cheap bits and pieces that come free attached to the various Cbeebies magazines that come out monthly; in fact, we've bought the Mister Maker magazine, and the quality of the freebies has been better!
Avoid these, cheap as they are.
Pack of 8 brightly coloured washable felt tip pens in blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple and brown.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. Age range: From 3 years.