Sunday, June 26, 2016

Crayola Color Alive brings kid's drawings to life

This post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola.

Bub loves colouring in so needless to say we have an overflowing pile of colouring books in our house. Yet despite our huge collection there are always new and wonderful colouring books to find almost every time we go shopping and I'm more than happy to bring them home. Colouring keeps her entertained for ages and its one of the simplest activities to set up, literally taking seconds so it's always a go to activity here, especially during the witching hours late in the afternoon. So when I was asked if I wanted to review the new Crayola Color Alive colouring books, I couldn't say yes fast enough.


The Color Alive books are available in a number of different themes, including enchanted forest and mythical creatures, as well as licensed characters from Disney Frozen and Marvel Avengers. Bub particularly loves the enchanted forest and Frozen books. Each Color Alive book has 16 different colouring pages and comes with seven crayons, including a special effects crayon which adds a touch of magic once the drawing is complete.


You see these aren't your average colouring in books, with the help of the special Color Alive app, Crayola have transformed colouring into an interactive experience where kids can bring their favourite characters to life in 4D. To bring the characters alive you simply download the Color Alive app {available for free on apple and android devices} and scan the completed colouring in page. Don't worry it's easy, even I could do it and I can sometimes be technologically challenged when it comes to new apps. Once the respective page is scanned the character will magically pop up out of the page and start moving across the screen while theme music plays in the background. The characters can still come to life when they aren't fully coloured in {and even when blank} which is great if you have a toddler because they rarely colour in an entire page in one sitting.



Bub was so mesmerised when Olaf came to life and popped up out of the page. Of course I had to get in on the action and colour in a fairy and bring her to life too. I am a big kid after all. I was actually really impressed that the animated version of the characters includes the exact colours you've used and even picks up the grain of the crayons on the paper.

Once the characters have come to life via the app they can be moved across the screen and even rotated 360 degrees. Kids {or adult children like me} can also take selfies with them, watch them move around the screen, place them in different areas around the house and save them to play with them again later on. We've had a ball playing with different fairies and Olaf, bub especially loves that we can hold them in our hands. She giggles every time the fairy flies over her hand and tries to catch her.



When you touch each character on the screen they become even more animated moving around doing various actions. We love watching the fairy fly around and play with her little ladybug friend and Olaf skating around the screen. We've also had loads of fun placing them all around the house in various spots, including inside her princess castle.




Crayola have really taken colouring to a whole new level with the Color Alive books and app technology. It's amazing to watch your child's face light up as they watch their favourite characters become real right before their eyes. Color Alive delights the senses and provides hours of fun. Plus who doesn't love a bit of magic? 

I'm just as enthralled by Color Alive as bub, in fact I've probably played with the app more than she has. These books really have a way of unlocking your inner child and reigniting your own imagination right along with your child's. I can't wait to colour in more pages and bring other characters to life.

The Color Alive books retail for $7.99 and can be found at Crayola stockists all over Australia. Color Alive books would make a great birthday gift or stocking filler at Christmas, and they'd also be great to have on hand for busy bags, long car trips and rainy day entertainment. 

Do/did your kids love colouring in too?

Toni x

Disclosure - I was proved with four Crayola Color Alive colouring books for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own based on our experience with the products. I did not receive payment for this review.

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14 comments:

  1. I agree these books are brilliant fun. My kids love these so much that they packed them in their cases for a weekend away. I love playing with the app too!

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    1. They're definitely going in our busy bags for hospital appointments. I think I have just as much fun with them as she does ;)

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  2. My 7 yo gets bored easily with normal colouring-in, but he might like this. I'll have to check them out, especially since we're going away at the end of the week!

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    1. I think they're a great way to get older kids more interested in colouring in again, especially with how tech savvy kids are these days.

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    1. I know right?! I wish there was cool stuff like this around when I was a kid.

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  4. What a fabulous idea Toni. My kids are teenagers now, but they would have LOVED these when they were younger :)

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    1. I'm pretty sure bub will love them for a few years still {she's only 3}, although we might have to keep buying more as she fills up the books :)

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    1. I know it's a bit nuts how cool kids products are these days.

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  6. We love our Color alive books. I love that fairy, we haven't done that one yet. I am totally going to colour and save that one :)

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    1. We still have so many more to do, but I do have a special love for the fairies :)

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  7. I've always loved Crayola - their mess free colouring in books are gold. But this technology takes the cake - what fun for everyone!!!

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    1. Crayola products are awesome, they always come up with amazing new ideas. I never thought colouring in products could be so creative. We love the mess free colouring in books too.

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