Product Type: Crayola toys
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Do they want to be an artist or a musician?
Crayola Beginnings Colour Me A Song
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Crayola Beginnings Colour Me A Song
Advantages: bright, colourful
Disadvantages: doesn't really have a proper purpose
My daughter received this Colour me a song by Crayola for Christmas. It wasn't really played with on the day, because to be honest no-one really knew what it did without looking closely at the box, and with all the excitement of the day it was put to one side until things were a bit quieter.
Colour Me A Song is basically a closed plastic briefcase lookalike that acts as a drawing board. Its board is the size of an A4 sheet of paper, and the whole unit isn't much wider or taller than this, which makes it ideal for little hands to be able to carry around. It's quite lightweight with a chunky handle, but considering the majority of the inside of the unit is hollow then this would explain why it is so lightweight.
With Crayola being big name in the art and craft industry, it was obvious that this was going to be along the same lines. But it would be really dull and boring if it were to just be a portable drawing board.
Colour me a song acts as a musical drawing board. As long as it's turned on then technically the faster the child draws (or scribbles in our house) then the faster the music will play. I could see the novelty factor when we got around to looking into this toy, but wasn't really sure of why it would attract children apart from the noise.
There are four different instrument buttons in bright colours at the top of the unit. Each of these will play a different song when pressed. We immediately found a large flaw in Crayola's design the first time we used it. You don't actually have to draw to get the music to play. As long as my daughter had her hands on the drawing board and moved her hands around, it would chant out tunes at you regardless of whether paper was on the board, or crayons were being used. The motion pad for the music would have to be sensitive for small children to use, but I think perhaps a little too sensitive in this toy.
We did like the little drawer that is hiding on the underside of the unit. It contained sixteen triangular shaped crayons which were quite different to look at. My daughter liked the fact they looked different, and they were chunky and didn't break easily.
This toy was played with a little around Christmas, but to be honest it acts more as a drawing board (when the off button is in position) than it does for what it is intended.
I did look into how much this was retailing for, and it varies a lot from different retailers. I have seen it for as little as £4.99 which to be honest is as much as I think it is worth; right through to £19.99 where I think you have been robbed if you paid this.
The toy is suitable for children age two and over, and I can see why due to the crayons, but two year olds are generally intelligent little creatures, and I don't think this will hold their attention for very long unless they love music a lot. My daughter is just as happy scribbling on some paper, without having to use a special board with music.
Summary: just doesn't do it for us
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