Monday, June 15, 2015

Mess free colouring fun for kids

This post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola

Kids are wonderful, but they're also messy little creatures. Especially when they get into arts and crafts {and we're very much at that stage now}. Drawing and painting is so much fun, the only problem is pens, pencils, crayons and paint can all create a huge mess when a certain toddler decides drawing on the table, chairs, walls and herself is more interesting than drawing on paper. Needless to say I've had to clean the table & chairs and the walls down A LOT {thankfully if I'm hawk eye and catch it straight after she does it baby wipes usually get it off}.

It doesn't matter whether she has pens or pencils, inevitably she ends up drawing all over the walls and herself, even though she knows she's not meant to. But not any more. I've finally found a solution that lets her have fun drawing but still keeps my walls and her clothes safe {and clean}.


It turns out Crayola has a really cool product Color Wonder which are non-toxic colouring pens that are {pretty much} magic - at least that's how I'd describe them. The Crayola Colour Wonder pens all appear transparent in colour until they're used in the colouring in book they come with, then the colours become visible. If she draws on anything other than the paper in the book the pens only appear clear, meaning everything in my house is now safe from a dreaded texta makeover. Thankgod. Why have I never heard about these before?

You can see exactly how the colour magically appears on paper in this video {and also how it doesn't appear on other surfaces}.



Each Color Wonder book comes with a set of 5 magic Color Wonder markers {in colours that match the theme of the book}. There are heaps of different books to choose from featuring Disney characters, Barbie, Dora, Peppa and other popular kids cartoon characters. We've got the Frozen and Ninja Turtles books, but Frozen is her favourite.

Note: the pen marks on the paper are from her previous drawing on the table escapades.

Bub's had heaps of fun drawing all over the Frozen book with the pens. She was a little perplexed at first, but she's worked out that the cap colour is the colour the pen will be when she draws with it. Unfortunately for ocd parents like me it doesn't make them draw within the lines however {I'll just have to deal with that for a few more years}. It definitely does stop the pen from getting everywhere it shouldn't though, as you can see from the second photo.



She also grabbed one of the pens and deliberately drew {or at least tried to draw} on her hand while saying uh-oh. Told you she knows its wrong. It was hilarious though when nothing went on her hand and she was looking at the pen all confused. Mummy 1, bub 0.

If you have a messy creative toddler in your house, or a child of any age who likes to draw masterpieces on the walls, then you should definitely invest in a Color Wonder set. I'm in love with them as it means I can leave her to draw while I make dinner and I won't come back to redecorated walls. As soon as I got these all the other pens got packed away {and they'll stay that way until she learns that walls aren't for drawing on}. If you need a set in your life too, you can find the stockists on the Crayola website.

Do you have a mini artist at your place?

Toni x

Disclosure - I received 2 packs of Crayola Color Wonder via Nuffnang for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own based on experience with the product, as per my discolsure policy. I did not receive payment for this review.

13 comments:

  1. These are a great product huh! So impressed. Happy to hand over the markers to the toddler now. :D

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    1. yea so good! Wish I knew about them sooner.

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  2. Oh they look really cool! Gosh even I grew up with Crayola.

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    1. Me too, they've been around for so long. Got lots more than just crayons these days though :)

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  3. Wish they had products like this when mine were little! :-)

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    1. My mum would probably say the same thing. I'm glad I found out about them because cleaning the walls every 5 mins while she was drawing was driving me nuts.

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  4. We totally have a crazy artist and I'm scared she will leave a last imprint on this place! These are wonderful as we have just used them too and I'm totally getting more and getting some as gifts for friends. Truly a blessing for all mothers!

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    1. I'm totally buying more too and they're definitely going on the list as present ideas!

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  5. I went to a friends house last week and her small daughter had 'decorated' legs in texta. I can see these pens being very popular with the parents of toddlers. Even the big kids, I am finding Izzy likes to practice her writing on just about everything. She's written her name on her bed head and we have a stool with some of her handiwork on it too. A bit hard to deny it, when she's the only one in the house who knows how to write ;)

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    1. Haha that's hilarious! My niece wrote her name on her bed and tried to say it was her sister who's younger and can't write too. Its a bit obvious when they're writing their own name.

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  6. Wow, that's really really cool! I'm definitely going to get this for Elliott.

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    1. They're so cool I'm definitely buying more.

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  7. "Uh-oh". My Mr TT does that too (love the look they give you while doing it too - little terrors!). My tornadoes love their packs and I'll be getting more once they've worked through their current books. Miss T thinks it's magic!

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