Mommy can we do crafts? This is my life right now. We have school (half days), daycare, cheer leading and swimming lessons – all of which Molly enjoys but her passion is creating. It’s awesome, it really is, but a crafty mom I am not. I can cook you up a cake so pretty you hate to cut into it but outside of the kitchen my artistic skills fall flat. And this is why I am eternally grateful for brands like Crayola that help me step up my kid friendly creative game.
We recently had the opportunity to try out some fun new items from Crayola and my five year old was absolutely in her glory. We’ve always loved Crayola for the tried and true basics like crayons and markers, you just can’t beat the quality, but they’ve also got some really innovative toys out there now that step up the game.
Oh my word this is so much fun to use! It sounds complicated but the Crayon Carver is surprisingly easy and so cool. The kit comes with letters and fun symbols and shapes that kids can carve right into their crayons. I was prepared to do most of the work here but soon discovered that Molly could handle this quite well on her own. You simply pick out the letters/symbols you want to carve, place them in the tile holder, load a crayon and trace the tiles.
This would be a really neat way to create custom crayons for birthday loots bags or other special kid occasions. The carver works with both standard and jumbo crayons and comes with a little tool that makes stripping the paper wrapping off the crayon a breeze.
This was another one that Molly was excited to try out and it didn’t disappoint. This was a great combination of craft and science lab that was a big draw. Again I assumed I would have to help more than I did but the Cling Creator wasn’t hard to use at all.
All you do is mix the cling solution and the color(s) of your choice in the little premarked containers, shake well or put them in the cute “shaker maker” to mix, pour the solution into a mold and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
Those are the basics but you can even get more creative than that with this toy. You can make custom molds (it comes with clay to make them), experiment with mixing and swirling colours or add embellishments like glitter. And when you run out of solution refill packs are available.
One of the things Molly loves doing right now is designing and creating anything fashion related. The Thread Wrapper gives her the opportunity to add her own custom flair to things she already has like head bands, sunglasses and even pencils (basically anything longish that will fit inside the wrapper. When I first opened the package and started assembling it I has visions of trying to learn how to thread a new sewing machine (if you sew you know what I’m saying here) but loading the thread was a breeze and only took a minute.
The kit comes with six full spools of thread and two empty ones so you can use whatever thread you like. It also comes with a fabric marker so you can actually colour your own thread if you want. You can use up to three colours at a time to wrap your project. When you’re ready you just put the object you are wrapping in the machine, press the wrap button and slowly move the object back and forth until it’s wrapped.
Easy Animation Studio
The Easy Animation Studio is different than anything we’ve used before. How it works – you download the free app to your mobile device, then create your character using the book provided.
Once you’ve designed your character, both front and back, your take a picture with your mobile device and it uploads to the app. This is where it gets cool – you place your mannequin in front of your mobile device and move it into different poses. The app captures those movements and created a custom animation. You can then pick the background you want to see your character on and record your own voice over or narration.
Color Wonder Light Up Stamper
We’ve used Crayola Color Wonder products in the past and loved them. They are great for little artists, easy to use and literally mess free. The new Light-Up Stamper brings a whole new level of fun to the Color Wonder collection. The kit comes with 10 ocean themed stamps, a 12 page drawing pad and color wonder markers. You just load up the stamp you want to use, press it into whichever color you want and stamp away on the magic paper. And when you press the stamp into the magic color “ink” pad it lights up to show you which color you have loaded.
You can also use the color wonder markers to fill in your designs or add embellishments.
Imagine your drawings coming to life. That is exactly what happens with Crayola Colour Alive. The process of bringing your drawings to life is actually pretty easy but the results are incredible!
You just color a page from one of the Colour Alive books, take a picture and upload it to your phone in the Colour Alive app and watch it come to life and even interact with you!
Of course Crayola has a ton of products for every age group and every kid on your gift list this year. From crayons to animation studios and everything in between.
Enter to Win!
I’m thrilled to give one lucky reader the chance to try out a couple of these new Crayola toys for themselves. One of you will get to take home 2 great prizes – the Crayon Carver and the Easy Animation Studio.