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As children develop and move ahead so does the equipment they need. At a young age they begin to learn the art of controlling a crayon in their hand. This is an important exercise for all children to allow them to progress on in life. Once they go to school they will use this technique to learn how to draw and write allowing them to express themselves. My son is three years old and he has been able to hold a wax crayon and scribble on paper for quite a long while now. The problem I have found with a wax crayon is as they get older and learn that with a colouring sheet they are to actually colour the bits of the picture in and not scribble over the top they don't help with their control. So for his third birthday he received a lovely pencil crayon set from a family member.
My son was extremely happy when he opened this present to see it was Toy story. Like most children at the moment Toy story is something he likes. He isn't as obsessed as some little boys his age he knows but he still recognises the characters. So this set was a great choice for him. Every pencil is covered in blue and has a small picture of woody and buzz stood together and it says 'Buzz and Woody Action heroes' on it followed by the Toy Story logo. At the end of the pencil is a 2cm coloured band to represent the colour of the particular pencil. Whereas the felt tip pens are covered in the colour they are with just the Toy Story logo written on it.
The pencils and felt tip pens all come in a lovely carry case. The carry case has a small blue handle to carry it with on top and to open it up is a small push in blue clip. At the moment my son has a bit of a problem getting it open but this pleases me as I don't want pencils everywhere when I have a 17 month old who find it fun to draw on my wooden floor. The clip isn't too difficult and I think it is me being a mean mummy and not showing him how it works! The front of the case has a fantastic picture of Woody, Buzz and all their gang. The picture would please any young child who likes or knows off Toy Story. On opening, my son was excitedly naming all the characters. On the back of the case is Woody and Buzz posing with 'Buzz and Woody Action Heroes' written across one corner. When the case is closed it measures about 31cms by 20.5cms by 5cms in depth. So this case is a good size case. As mentioned on top is a small blue handle to carry it with which is perfect for small hands but a real squeeze for me!
The case opens right out to lay flat on a surface like the table. When it is opened right out it measure about 50cms by 31cms. The case is split into two compartments. Both compartments have a blue flimsy plastic tray to push clip the pencils and pens in. It does keep them all nicely in place and my son has no problems removing them. There are 32 coloured pencils and 24 felt pens. Giving your child a large range of colours and shades of them. On first opening the pencils measures roughly 17.5cms with a sharp point. The felt pens measures 12.5cms with no lid on and 15.5cms with their clear plastic lid. I love the fact the lids are all clear as my son never pairs the right lids with the right colour pens and it annoys me!
The quality of the pencils is good and is what you would expect for a cheapish children's set. We haven't had any problems with sharpening the pencils although we never manage to get the perfect sharp tip like they arrived. The felt tip pens do have quite thin nibs so maybe aren't quite ideal for my three year old son but he has fun with them! The felt tips aren't perfect but they are good enough for a young child. I can't see them lasting ages though.
As for my son he loves the set and his colouring has certainly come on since using a pencil. He is even thinking more about what colours to use when colouring a picture in. He loves the fact he has a case to carry them in and is quite happy to put them away when he has finished with them.
As it was a present I am not entirely sure how much this item is. I do remember seeing them in our local 'Works' shop. They do sell them on Amazon for £5 but then they do hit you with a large postage fee! If I'm honest I think I would pay a maximum of £8 for it. It is a lovely set and is quite decent for a young child.