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My niece and nephew each have their own sketch pads that they enjoy filling up with beautiful pictures for me when they come to visit. My niece had her own crayons and was quite happy with those to begin with but soon became jealous of her older brothers felt pens and repeatedly attempted to steal them. I came across these Crayola Mini Kids First Markers that are suitable for children age 1+ and thought they would be perfect for her. Her mum thought I was mad for purchasing pens for a one year old. She warned me about the mess it would cause. But did I listen?
~ Chunky barrel ~
The barrels of the markers are adorned with the brand name and cute little pictures of items such as teddy bears and flowers. My niece found the chunky barrels very easy to hold in her little hands.
~ Ventilated cap ~
Children's safety is paramount and the ventilated caps are very large making it difficult for a child to swallow. In the unlikely event that the lid does get lodged in a child's windpipe the vents still allow air to flow. Young children do tend to put everything in their mouth and we did have to constantly tell my niece to stop doing this with the lids. After being ignored the lid was confiscated whenever a marker was in use. She found that the caps were not too difficult to remove with a bit of a yank. She needed assistance to place the caps back on the pens at first though. One reason being that her hand-eye coordination skills had yet to develop, but when the cap did make it on top of the marker it would fall off again when she put the pen down. But she soon learned to listen for the 'click' that tells her it is on properly.
~ Secure nib ~
Another safety feature is the very short rounded nib. Tiny inquisitive fingers are unable to break or remove them. As the nib is shorter she does have to hold the felt in a vertical position. This is how she naturally holds it anyway. The markers still work if they are held at a slight angle, but when held 'properly' the nib does not always make contact with the paper. On the plus side she likes to cover pages in dots, and they are perfect for bashing the pen down on to the paper. If she were using other markers the nib would definitely have disappeared inside the barrel very quickly!
~ This could get messy!! ~
The nibs produce lovely broad lines, but the ink flow is rather fast and causes the ink to lay wet on the paper for some time. This wet ink gets smudged and soon her hands and arms are covered. The ink is washable and does come off her skin easily enough with a wet wipe. However it can be a bit of a pain when the felt gets onto clothes, tables, chairs, walls.... When the Crayola pens made an appearance we discovered that a little preparation beforehand was necessary to prevent the need for too much cleaning up afterwards. We bought her a little artist apron to wear that protects her clothes and we also put newspaper down on the table underneath her drawing paper as she tends to get a little overenthusiastic with big swirls that wonder off the edge of the paper. But still, that little ink covered hand grasping the marker manages to get pen where it should not be.
~ Colours ~
There are 8 markers in this box. The bold and bright colours are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and black. This is plenty of colour choice for young children. My six year old nephew is more advanced in his drawing skills and wants a wider variety of colours and different shades. For example when he draws a pirate ship on the sea, he wants one shade of blue for the sea and another for the sky. However, my niece is still at the stage where her 'drawings' are actually a series of squiggles, swirls and dots and this is plenty of colour choice for her. When she uses the markers we regularly ask her "what colour is that?" She used to reply "Lellow" every time. But she is gradually learning the different colours.
~ It seemed a good idea at the time! ~
My niece does love using markers, and these do produce lovely brightly coloured lines but they are terribly messy in the hands of a toddler and the ink is easily smudged everywhere. I couldn't help feeling I had made a bit of a mistake allowing her to use them. She is much better with pens now she has just recently turned three but I think that it is simply easier for one/two year old children to stick to crayons/chunky pencils!
My daughter absolutely loves drawing and painting, and though we've bought her countless 'clean' options (aqua doodle, megasketcher, magna doodle, magic painting etc) she still loves the real thing. I wanted to get her some Crayola pens, because she is still a bit nibbly, even at the age of two, and I know that these are non toxic. They are also stated on the box as washable, and since she'll draw on anything, legs, arms and clothing included, I thought that was an essential!
I paid £3.59 for a set of 10 of these Crayola Mini Kids First Markers from Toys R Us, I think this is a tad on the pricey side given you can buy cheap kids' felt tip pens for under 30p in most supermarkets. But again this was before I'd tried those and it was the washable element I was going for.
Unfortunately I don't rate Crayola Mini Kids First Markers at all. The pens themselves look lovely, just like the Crayola pens of my childhood but a bit shorter and stubbier, but in use they're a bit rubbish. Because they're a rounded off, chunky marker you can't draw in any detail which is a problem if you are trying to write something in a medium size as it looks so chunky and the ink which is really watery tends to bleed out, on regular children's drawing paper. My little girl loves it when I draw a cat and cats drawn with Crayola Mini Kids First Markers look a bit chunky and a bit of a mess.
Secondly the markers though they are washable are actually pretty resilient in the wash! My daughter drew in blue on her yellow leggings so I put them straight in the wash, now I use non bio washing powder for her sensitive skin (which I am sure many parents do) and washed at 30 degrees and there was still a faint mark on them after they'd dried so I had to wash them again with a scoop of vanish, which was a bit annoying since I'd spent so much more for them to be washable (and I had hoped by that, it meant easily washable first time). Moreover, when she gets it on her skin, a regular bath won't shift the darker colours, meaning she can have faint pen marks all over her for a few days which is clearly less than ideal, I don't want people thinking I don't wash my daughter, but I don't want to scrub her poor skin either!
Overall I just can't recommend Crayola Mini Kids First Markers, nice as they look they are a pain to draw with and an absolute nightmare to remove from skin and fabrics. Since then I've used the cheap 30p pens from supermarkets and they're much easier to draw with and actually wash a lot better!
The Crayola Mini Kids First Markers have actually gone in the bin, less than 3 months after purchase, I just got fed up of them. Nothing wrong with Crayola pencils and crayons but these pens are too much of a pain and I can only award them 1 star out of 5 (I'd award them less if I could!!)
My eldest daughter is allowed to play with felt tip pens as long as they are washable and if I buy her them I always buy her the Crayola brand, my Mam thinks I am mean not letting my younger daughter who is 2 play with felt pens so decided that she would buy her a packet of these ones for Christmas as they are especially for ages 1 and up.
You can buy these pens from the likes of Asda and online from Amazon, a pack of 8 of the pens costs about £5 which is more expensive than the Supertip pens from the range but these have a different type of tip and being especially for a younger child.
The opens came in the usual bright yellow box with the Crayola logo on it, there is a picture of a young infant drawing with the pens and then the box has an open bit at the front so that you can see the pens inside. There is a picture on the front of the box which shows the way the nib is flatter and wider more like a stamper than a pen nib and then there is a little sign which tells you they are suitable for ages 1 and up.
Inside the box you get 8 marker pens in it you get orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, red and pink which is a good variety of colours for starting out with. The pens have lids on which show the colour of them aswell as a coloured end and also the Crayola name and little cute pictures on the pens in the colour too so you couldn't mistake what colour each pen is. The pens are shorter than the normal pens and the nib shape means that your child can get nice thick lines no matter what angle they use it at which obviously is great for younger children who haven't worked out how to hold a pen yet.
These pens are washable and all I can say is it is a good job they are, Emily is 2 and she ended up covered in the pens so I dread to think what state a 1 year old would get into. The way I would describe these pens is like bingo dabbers, they have that sort of nib and once the ink is flowing it flows far too quickly and ends up splodging all over the paper rather than there actually being any control over it. The oens do wash out of clothing easier although they take a couple of washes to get the ink off the skin but it does come off.
I personally have now let Emily use the Supertip pens from Crayola when I am sat with her to supervise otherwise Sophie uses them out of the way of her most the time to make it easier to prevent excess mess. I would say you are just aswell giving your child better washable pens than these ones as the nib type just means that they create more mess than anything else so not recommended by us.
I bought a pack of these markers for my daughter of 3 and my son whose 17months and i was looking forward to spending an afternoon doodling on some big sheets of paper. Once we started i wish i had stuck to using crayons. These markers are extremely messy and although they are 'super washable' the ink manages to get everywhere. I tried to show my daughter how to colour in the lines but found it really difficult as the ink just seems to flood out of the markers. The kids absolutely loved them but next time i will make sure that i put extra paper down and put an apron on them both.
The markers themselves are bright and easy for young children to hold but the nib is really big making it very difficult if the child wants to draw or colour properly. Ideal for children to just have a good old scribble.
These crayola mini kids' first markets are not the best of markers for kids but it's easy to wash off such as on clothes, face, hands etc. As soon as my daughter reached 2 years old I was in need of crayons for her that was suitable for her age and off course less messy and easier to wash of then perhaps other ordinary markers she's been used to in the past. I purchased these markers on eBay for just £1.99.
I was quite surprised how big the tips of the markers were as I was expecting it to be a bit smaller, also it can be quite messy especially when I was showing my daughter how to colour some lines. I found it hard to do it even neatly and the ink seeped through the paper. So when my daughter used them to draw freely she had ink on her face, hands and her clothes, and even some on the walls. The colours are nice and bright which is great for small kids but I found the markers to be a bit too messy for her to handle as a result of the thick marker tip and it being to runny I doubt that I will be letting her use it again. I will just buy some crayons for her to use next time as its less messy and easier to use with no added fuss or stress involved with having to clean up constantly.
I would recommend them for perhaps older children but only on a short term basis and the ink does not seem to last that long which is another disadvantage to them.
These Crayola kids first markers may well be super washable and they may well be able to wipe clean off of surfaces and be easy to wash from clothes but take my advice and do not give these to very young kids.
My little granddaughter has a box of these and as they are recommended for any child over a year old I let her use them when staying at mine, she was in her play pen with some huge sheets of card to draw on but after having a quick trip to the kitchen for a cup of juice for her I was horrified to see the mess she had made.
The ink in them appears to be very runny, you know the sort when you just dab the paper and it soaks right through. Well it does this to clothes too and she was happily drawing all over hers as well as her face and hands and anything else she could find.
I have to admit the ink did wash off clothes and wipe off of surfaces easy but it goes on easier and as the nibs of the pens are quite thick because they have removed the points as a safety feature, the surface of the tip is big and covers easily whatever it touches.
A nice idea from Crayola but my granddaughter will not be using these again or at least not at my house.
Blunt felt tips is how I'd describe these Crayola First Markers. I bought them for my son at XMAS when he was 15 months, I turned my back for 1 second to put the kettle on and when I turned round they were all over my sons face, arms and mouth. His face was covered! He loved using them. I haven't used them for a few months opting for Crayons instead, the cleaner option! However, I decided to get them out today and he loved using them again and drew all over his hand aswell as making lovely pictures. We also tried colouring in with them and I have to say, as an adult they are not easy to use. Imagine a smartie as the nib, it's impossible to colour in the lines (not that you'd expect a 1, 2 year old to be able to do this but for an adult trying to show their child how to do this, it wasn't possible!). Would I recommend them? Yes, for entertainment value as you are guaranteed to have colour all over your childs face.