“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Bathtime Fun „
My son loves bathes and drawing so I thought nothing better than getting him bath crayons. When in Mothercare I saw some for £6.00 not the cheapest but thought they would provide some fun for Saturday afternoon.
The plastic packets states; Easy to wash off crayons for children to draw on the bath, tiles, themselves, or their brother or sister!! The packet contained five crayons - red, yellow, blue, orange and green. The crayons are encased in a plastic holder with a slider on the slide to slide the crayon up once worn down. The crayons had a pointy bin like a pencil.
On arriving home I think I was more excited about using these than my little boy. I ran the bath and my little boy eagerly jumped in and we started to use the crayon to draw on the tiles!! After 20 minutes of use he was more than bored of them as on use the nibs were crumbling and for the crayon to show up you had to press down quite hard to which he didn't have the strength.
So I got him out the bath salt and peppered him (talc) and sent him on his merry way to play in his room.
I emptied the bath and attempted to wash the EASY clean crayon marks. I thought a wash over with the flannel would do the job but NO!! A sponged, cif bath cleaner and 10 minutes of elbow grease and it was eventually removed.
While cleaning the bath I started to think - why would I want to be actively encouraging my 2 year old to be drawing on wall!?!?
These immediately made their way to landfill.
I can't think of any reason to recommend these to anyone for any purpose. STAY CLEAR OF BATH CRAYONS!!!
My daughter loves drawing and always has done so, when she was little, I bought her a set of these bath crayons as I thought they were a steal at just £4! Unfortunately, as I found out to my cost, cleaning up after these once bath time is finished means that they ended up being less of a bargain than I originally thought!
The crayons come in the three main primary colours of red, blue and yellow with the addition of orange and green giving you five crayons in total. The crayons are pointy and come in plastic holders from which the crayons extend when a sliding switch is used. And here is one of the first problems. Extend them too much and the crayon has a tendency to fall out of the tube. The second issue is that these are okay when you first use them but, considering these are meant for the bath, get them even slightly wet and they start to crumble and break with continued use. Not particularly good for a bath toy!
The bumpf on the cardboard packet these come in states that these crayons are easily wiped off bathroom tiles and the side of the bath and this is my third issue. Don't clean the crayon off right away and it can be a real pain to remove! And I had to scrub my tiles with a scourer to fully remove any marks made by these! Obviously my interpretation and that of Mothercare differs significantly in how easy these are to clean!
The concept is a good one, the idea brilliant, the end result- a disappointing failure!
The crayons are good for one maybe two uses at most before they start to break up and if you do buy some of these, may I recommend you also buy a good quality, hard-working cleaning product to help clear up all the mess afterwards!
For my daughters second birthday she received a set of bath crayons from Mothercare. I've never seen anything like this before and thought they looked quite fun for both me and my daughter.
The pack contains five different coloured bath crayons. These come packaged on a piece of cardboard and are housed inside a piece of transparent plastic stuck to the front of the cardboard. The crayons are coloured red, yellow, orange, green and blue.
Each crayon is around 2 inches long and is mainly made from plastic. The crayon is held inside a plastic tube that is used as the handle, this plastic has grooves down the majority of it so that they are easier to grip with wet hands. On one side of the handle is a little plastic button that needs to be pushed up to allow the crayon to be pushed up the plastic tube so you can use them. The button is quite stiff, I guess this is a good thing as it stops the crayon from falling back down the tube handle.
Mothercare state that the crayons are suitable for use both on the bath and tiles. When we used the crayons for the first time we was both excited, my daughter couldn't operate the button on the handle for herself so I had to do that but once the crayons were ready she got really excited. We originally started drawing on the bath and it was fab, it didn't take much pressure to get the colours to come out on the side of the bath. Then my daughter started drawing on the tiles and I didn't think anything of it to start with, that was until bath time was over!
After my daughter finished in the bath and was dressed and sorted, I went to clean our creations off the side of the bath. It did take quite a bit of elbow grease to get the colours to come off the bath side and tiles, then I noticed my daughter had managed to get a bit of red crayon on the tile grout between a couple of tiles. This was a nightmare to get off and no matter what I tried it wouldn't come off completely. I still have a faint red line between the tiles now!
The crayons cost £4 and are available to purchase from Mothercare either in store or online.
The bath crayons are quite a good and fun idea to begin with. After they've been used however, the nightmare begins and the effort it takes to get rid of the drawings and crayon markings is just too much to warrant these crayons being used every bath time. We've probably used these a handful of times in over a year of having them, not recommended!
I find it really strange that as a child I was restricted with messy items yet my Mam thinks it's a great idea to buy my daughters lots of noisy and messy toys, needless to say she bought them this set of Bath crayons.
I have seen these crayons in character packets such as Fireman Sam but these are just plain ones from Mothercare, a pack of 6 different crayons costs £4 although my Mam bought them when they were having a sale so doubt she will have paid that.
The crayons came on a cardboard backing with a see through plastic cover over them on the front which is attached to the cardboard so it is very easy to get hem out of the packet althougb the packet then is no use for storing them in. On the packet it tells you that these crayons are for ages 3 and up and we have only let our eldest daughter play with them.
In the packet there are 5 different crayons, green, yellow, red, blue and orange. The crayons are in a plastic holder that has a little sider on the side so that once a bit of the crayon wears down you can push the next notch out. I think the plastic is used to stop the crayon disintergrating as strangely considering they are meant to be used in water they break up very easily.
Sophie thought the idea of the crayons was brilliant and couldn't wait to try them out when my Mam gave her them I have never seen her so eager to have a bath. The crayons feel like normal crayons but very strangely they draw on skin, the bath and the tiles and then wash off when you want them too. The crayons wear down very quickly though and once you get half way down them they seem to move down of their own accord and just crumble. The colours are nice and bright and even the yellow shows up really well, Sophie loves drawing rainbows on herself with them.
I can't say these are the best quality, they crumble away far too easily as if they are not meant to be in water which is very strange. I wouldn't buy these again, when we put them on the side of the bath between uses the colours ran off the crayons and once it dried it was quite hard to get it off.
Sophie loved these but they didn't last very long and are of average quality, not something we will be buying again.
At a Glance Our brightly coloured Mothercare Bath Crayons are great for making bathtime fun and developing your little one's creativity skills. Features and benefits for Mothercare Bath Crayons Wash-off crayons for children to draw on the bath and tiles Great for interactive and imaginative play in the bath Encourages hand-eye coordination and helps develop early drawing and writing skills Teaches your child about precise movements Suitable from 36 months Mothercare loves...??that creative little ones can carry on drawing, even in the bath. Want to know more?Bathtimes will always be bright with our fun Mothercare Bath Crayons. Let your little one enjoy our 5 brightly coloured crayons and use them to draw on the bath or tiles. Our Bath Crayons are a great way to make bathtime fun for your little one and are ideal for developing hand-eye coordination. The Mothercare Bath Crayons can also help develop their ability to play imaginatively. Ask your little one to draw some fish in the sea, to draw themselves swimming, or to practice letters or numbers. With a different surface to draw on, the Mothercare Bath Crayons help your child practice.Our Mothercare Bath Crayons are easy for little hands to hold, so are perfect for little ones who love to draw and explore during bath time. The Bath Crayons are brilliantly practical ? when the crayon becomes blunt, simply slide the catch towards the end of the plastic crayon until enough of the colour appears at the end of the crayon tube. Our Mothercare Bath Crayons are suitable from 36 months.Don't forget...Mothercare stocks a bath toy tidy that will help keep your little one's bath toys out of the way when other people want to use the bath.