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My First Crayola

My First Crayola

Spring 2012 Toys
Ages: 1 & Up
Manufacturer: Crayola, LLC
Price: $4.99

The My First Crayola products are simply a must-have for sparking your little one's natural curiosity and creativity at an early age. Since our "baby" (14 months) has four older brothers ranging from age 5 to 8, she has already had much opportunity to play with crayons that are dropped from the table or given out at restaurants, which has only ended in frustration because her little hands couldn't push down hard enough to make bright colors, and they are too difficult to hold.

My First Crayola changed all of that. The crayons come in sizes and shapes that fit perfectly in her hands, plus they are shaped like fun little animals. Even when she's not coloring, our baby wants to play with them. The variety is wonderful with the My First Crayola sets too. If your little one likes to color on walls and furniture, there is the "no mess" set that has a marker that colors clear on everything but the special paper. If they're not ready to make their own designs, the stamp set is really fun too. Stamps are shaped like little animals, just like the crayons and markers, and all of them stand up on their own. The baby just has to put a small amount of pressure on the animal, and it stamps the paper underneath, teaching cause and effect along with various colors. The educational opportunities are endless with Crayola. Just looking at one crayon, for instance, you can teach your child colors, animals, cause and effect, fine and gross motor skills, and so much more.

One of the great things, too, is that not much pressure is needed to get a strong, vibrant colors, and everything is washable. I gave our daughter these little friends while she was sitting in her high chair, and the scribbles did, of course, miss the paper in many areas. The streaks wiped right up with a damp washcloth, and I didn't even need soap or scrubbing. The only small issue we had is that crayon part of the art supplies can break off very easily. The sets do come extra crayon tips (the crayons are inserted into the plastic animals), but do note that it might be best to have really little ones use this set on the floor, rather than in the high chair. The "feet" of the animals are actually caps for the markers and crayons, so they are protected when they're not being used for coloring. All in all, the entire set is just excellent fun.

Melissa Strunc   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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