Pros: There are several color choices to choose from.
Cons: Crayola usually seems to be the most expensive brand.
My daughter's class was accepting donations of any sort. I decided to buy the class several boxes of Crayola 50 Count Colored Pencils. My daughter helped me make this decision.
She informed me that some of the children in her class were using the Crayola brand colored pencils, but some weren't. She told me that when the kids are assigned to make their art projects that some of the other kids were having problems with their colored pencils and their crayons.
She told me that one day a girl was in tears because she couldn't seem to get her project done because her colored pencils wouldn't stay sharpened and they just wouldn't preform like some of the other kids pencils would. My daughter shared her pencils with this child and seemed to save the day.
A lot of the other brands for some reason the colored lead seems to be loose and will not stay in the pencil itself. For some reason the Crayola brand's lead seems to fit tighter around the wood of the pencil and therefore is easier to press down on without breakage.
Also, we have noticed that the Crayola brand seems to have a better coverage when coloring on the paper. It seems to glide over the paper much more smoothly. The color will attach to the paper better than most other brands.
Other brands just don't seem to measure up. It takes twice as much coloring because the colors just don't seem to cover well. Other brands come out to light and desired results are usually hard to achieve. In some case other brands lead was so hard it just wouldn't spread at all. It is easy to become frustrated with these other brands. We never have problems with the Crayola brand pencils.
I have bought my daughter other brands in the past because they seemed like a real deal. I would end up getting two to three times the amount of colored pencils for the price I would have paid for the Crayola brand. What I failed to realize is that my daughter would have chosen a handful of Crayola brand pencils over a bucket of the cheaper brand.
After my daughter expressed interest in helping her class out with the colored pencils, we went out and purchased several boxes of Crayola brand crayons as well. The class was very thankful.
You really get what you pay for. Crayola seems to be the best and is usually the most expensive. My advice is to wait for these items to go on sale and then stock up heavily.
We paid around six dollars a box for the Crayola 50 count Colored Pencils. Really I don't feel that was a bad price. Crayola did not make all these colors when I was younger. With the 50 different colors, this really gives your child a chance to be more creative.