Sadly, I’ve been under the weather for the past month more or less. After that length of time, I admit to running out of ideas for keeping my two busy boys, well… busy!
Fortunately, I recently received a terrific set of review items from Crayola! Boy was I excited to unleash my two little creators on these goodies!
Crayola Color Wonder has literally lived up to its slogan of “mess free coloring”
For my little one, just learning to color (wait, did I say JUST? because if it’s a wall, couch, or my piano, he’s suddenly Picasso!), I let him use the My First Crayola Washable Crayons and Washable Markers. The easy-to-hold cute animal shaped scribblers are perfect for little hands. Ergonomically designed, they’re perfect for helping kids develop fine motor skills, and an interest in art! I do find the caps a little hard to put on for little ones, so I’m always having to re-cap for him.
Then… there’s my new best friend: Color Wonder products. (Remember the aforementioned walls/couch/piano?). Well, as you probably know, Color Wonder markers and paints only write on special Color Wonder paper. The won’t color on skin, furniture, or fabric. Yay, Crayola!!!
Now… my kids are still figuring out their cool Color Wonder markers won’t write on “regular” paper. But they love being able to paint freely with the Color Wonder paints. Because they’re gel paints, I don’t worry if the paints tip over because it’s not going to spill out right away.
Free coloring time pays off
With all this “doing art” as we call it, I’ve noticed my oldest’s drawing skills really taking off. He drew a plane, and a hot air balloon, and even tried to copy the little monster guy pictured on the front of the Color Wonder paper pad. I love seeing him get so intensely focused on drawing these days. I never know what’s going to come out of him.
Yesterday, he even cut up some paper and started drawing cards for his cousins … all on his own!
He’s also very anxious for our next road trip, because I told him he has to save the Color Wonder Mini Stow & Go kit. With space for 6 markers (3 are included) and paper, and a hard surface for coloring, it’s perfect for entertaining kids on long car rides!
So. My mom friends. Next time you’re feeling under the weather. Try setting out a pile of Crayola Color Wonder materials and let your kids go to town. Never underestimate the power of the blank page and some colorful markers. You may even get to lay on the couch for more than five minute in a row!
And… since yesterday was National Crayon Day, here’s some fun facts for you!
Did you know…
- The first box of Crayola crayons was introduced in 1903. It sold for a nickel and included the same eight colors available today: red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown.
- Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of 12 million wax sticks daily. That’s enough to circle the globe 6 times!
- The average child in the United States will wear down about 730 crayons by his or her 10th birthday (11,464 boxes or 7 lbs of crayons) enough to cover an NBA basketball court!
- According to Christian Science Monitor, parents buy enough crayons in a year to make a giant crayon 35 feet wide and 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty!
What’s your favorite coloring project to give your kids? Have you tried Color Wonder yet?
I receive products in exchange for this review. Affiliate links were used in this post. All opinions are my own.