Not long ago I participated in Crayola’s “Inside the Crayon Box” live chat with Lisa Loeb. It was a lot of fun and I walked away from it with new ideas and I got some feedback, opinions, and thoughts on some questions that I and others had. It was a lot of fun sharing ideas and thoughts about certain things with Lisa and the rest of the parents that joined in! If you missed it, you can see the recorded video below:
One of the things that someone had asked was what Lisa thought about when it comes to coloring. Should you correct your child when it comes to coloring in the lines? I personally never corrected this with any of my kids myself. I am a lot like Lisa when it comes to coloring. They don’t need to stay in the lines. Eventually they will get there but of course all kids are different and show their creativity in different ways. My daughter for example ALWAYS colored in the lines (very early at that, and all on her own) whereas our 6 year old son doesn’t seem bothered by the lines and just simply colors.
When Lisa was asked about what she thought the best crafting activities were for a 2 year old, she didn’t really have anything specific in mind. When kids are that young, they are more apt to do whatever with the supplies given to them. I never really thought about that myself. I just kept trying to think of activities that we can get our 2 year old to do. I think giving them some supplies and let them have their own freedom to do what they want with it to express their creativity is a wonderful thing! Someone else also said she likes to sprinkle Kool-aid on paper and give her two year old a paint brush to dip in water and paint with the Kool-aid on the paper. Really cool idea! Another tip I walked away with was photographing all your kids’ art work and put the photos in a scrapbook. That way, you always have pictures of everthing they have made without having an overflowing box (or two, or three) of artwork everywhere. Let’s face it, we just can’t keep every single thing even though we want to really, really badly!
Really fun Crayola products!
I also received a package of Crayola products and my kids LOVE them all! In my package were 8 fun Crayola products which included My First Crayola Washable Markers, Crayons, and Stampers, a Color Wonder Tiny Tube, Crystal Effects Window Markers, Dual Sided Dry Erase Board Set with Dry Erase Bright Crayons, and an additional pack of Dry Erase Bright Crayons, and Kaleidoscope 3D Giant Chalk!
My First Washable Crayons are so adorable it’s crazy! They are little animals (I received the blue and red pig and panda) with the crayon inside. Your toddler holds the animal allowing for a palm grip which is great for toddlers. The crayons are washable so no worries there. All you or your toddler has to do is remove the feet off the animals, push the button at the top of their heads and twist them for the crayon to come out at the bottom. These are actually crayon holders so you can remove the crayon and replace one too! Our 2 year old LOVES these and makes it so easy for him to scribble and color!
The My First Washable Markers are designed just like the crayons. I received the green and yellow monkey and lion. They are a little different than the crayons since there isn’t a button to push and you don’t have to twist them. Just remove their feet! I typically wouldn’t let my 2 year old use markers because regular markers are so easy to get all over his hands and fingers. Since these are held the same way the crayons are, we don’t usually have this problem. They are also washable too and the marker tips like a bold tip and they last for quite some time. The best part is, there aren’t any little caps to lose and you don’t have to worry about little ones not being able to get marker caps back on either as they can sometimes be a little difficult for toddlers!
My First Washable Stampers are really awesome! Again, they are designed like the crayons and markers. I received the purple and orange bunny and kitty and these are so great! My son really loves these because he loves the kitty and bunny stamps. You don’t take the feet off these. Just simply place them on paper and push down! They are self inking so there aren’t any ink pads that can become messy pretty quickly. The ink lasts for quite some time. They are very easy for our 2 year old to use and he gets so excited every time he stamps his paper!
The Color Wonder Tiny Tube is great to take along in the car. It comes with three Color Wonder Markers and 10 feet of coloring (18 perforated coloring pages). The markers only write on the special paper in the roll which is why it makes a great activity in the car. The tube actually fit most cup holders so our son (mainly used by our 6 year old) can sit it in his cup holder in his booster seat, pull out the coloring pages and color in the car! The top of the tube stores the markers too so there isn’t any worry of dropped markers rolling all over the floor of the car. The markers are great and long lasting too and of course they will also work with other Color Wonder paper.
The Dual Sided Dry Erase Board Set is so fun to draw on. I received one of these and an additional pack of Dry Erase Bright Crayons and they are really great too. They also come with an erase mit too. The board has a black side and a white side. The two different sides makes drawings a lot of fun. I love that these are dry erase CRAYONS and not markers. There isn’t any worry about caps, drying out markers, and no smell! These crayons are a little bigger than your typical crayon and work wonderfully! They wipe off really easily too but at the same time, they really are smudge proof. Drawings are hard to be wiped off while my kids are drawing so there isn’t any frustrations there but when you MEAN to wipe it off, it’s easy! I have even used the board myself to colorfully list things and is really great when our son is practicing his letters and don’t have to go through so much paper!
Crystal Effects Window Markers are really neat. I had never seen them before until I received them in my package. I have to admit that when I saw them, I really wasn’t sure about them being used on my windows because even though they are supposed to be easily cleaned off windows, I was still pretty skeptical. We have one of those giant picture windows so I went ahead and opened the curtains up and let our 6 year old and 10 year old go to town on my window. Their creativity literally shined! There are 8 different colored markers and when the colors dry, they leave a crystal – ice look. For the most part, the crystal effect worked on it’s own but some areas not so well. Using the tips on the package to conquer this feat, we used a hair dryer on those parts and it worked out great. It looked really neat with the sun shining through! To my surprise, it really wasn’t that hard to clean off. For the most part, it did come off with a damp cloth but to get rid of my streaks and make sure there wasn’t a filmy look on my window, I used my glass cleaner. It does clean off easy!
My kids love sidewalk chalk but Kaleidoscope 3D Giant Chalk was new to them! First of all, the giant chalk is easier to use than regular size sidewalk chalk in my opinion and my kids agree. I love that the chalk is two different colors in one. Also with the giant chalk, the likeliness of the chalk breaking is minimum. I don’t know how many pieces of sidewalk chalk we have had that become broken from being dropped. This chalk works wonderfully on the sidewalk or black top. What makes it so special is that it comes with glasses to allow your child to see their drawings in 3D and jump off the ground. And if they turn the dial, they see their colors in kaleidoscope fashion! I tried the glasses myself and and it works pretty well. To see in just 3D, you flip up the front of the glasses to remove the kaleidoscope covering on the glasses.
Final verdict? These are all WONDERFUL products and of course we love Crayola!
Buy It: Find these products in stores with other Crayola products. Prices for all these products range from $5.99 to $14.99 on average.
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Win It! Thanks to Crayola and MyBlogSpark, one of my lucky DustinNikki Mommy of Three readers will win a prize pack that includes ALL these wonderful, fun Crayola products! It’s an approx value of $65!
Below is a quick re-cap of what will be included in the winner’s prize pack:
- My First Crayola Washable Crayons, Markers & Stampers:just the right size and shape for little hands, toddlers can create bright and colorful designs with no caps to lose or no messy ink pads
- Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder Tiny Tube:with over 10 ft of coloring, perforated activity pages, a carry-along handle and the ability to store markers inside, kids can color at home or on the road; markers magically appear only on the special Color Wonder paper, not on skin
- Crayola Crystal Effect Window Markers:turn an ordinary window or mirror into a colorful crystal canvas and create amazing effects on an unexpected surface that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth
- Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk:experience sidewalk art in amazing new ways, by drawing designs, putting on the 3D Kaleidoscope glasses and watching as creations pop up off the ground
- Crayola Dry-Erase Bright Crayons:a dry-erase drawing and writing tool for kids that’s washable, smudge-proof, odorless, and will never dry out
- Crayola Dual-Sided Dry Erase Board: a two-sided board that makes it fun and colorful to share eye-popping messages or track soccer schedules
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