My daughter is rapidly approaching the age of two, and...how can I put this delicately...she's a gigantic, horrific mess-maker unlike anything this world has ever SEEN!!! (Sorry 'bout that.)
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She's definitely got creative tendencies, a trait she probably inherited from me, so I try to suppress my anguish whenever I turn around and she's covered the walls in crayon, herself in pen marks, and ground so much Play-Doh into the carpet that anyone short of Bob Vila himself would ever dare to try to get it out.
It's my job to encourage her artistic habits, you see.
So you can imagine my complete, life-altering excitement when my husband brought home a package of Crayola Color Wonder Markers & Paper, one particularly rainy (and Play-Doh filled) afternoon. My daughter had already placed her distinctive mark (in regular markers) on the kitchen table and two windowsills, which I had spent a few arduous hours trying to remove. When hubby told me these markers don't leave a mark on anything but the special paper, I took hold of the package like it was the Hope Diamond and bowed down to the almighty Crayola deities for bringing this blessing to me.
Then I looked at the price!
Yow! Seven bucks for 30 sheets of paper (sorry, Wonder Paper) and six lousy markers? I hoped the product would eventually pay for itself in saved cleaning costs, and opened the package.
The whole deal, markers and paper, is sealed in a foil wrapper, not unlike photo paper, which is highly sensitive to heat and light. It made me wonder what conditions I could actually use these markers in...and how long the color would stay where it was supposed to stay and not show up on my precious Rumpus Room walls. Undaunted, I decided to test the markers out on Baby Scribbles.
My daughter made fast work of the little marker caps (chokable alert! Markers and marker caps aren't meant for tiny tots who still like to put foreign objects in their mouths) and started to use the markers on the special Color Wonder paper...and the surrounding coffee table. Hubby and I held our breath, and voila! Color on the paper and nothin' but Pledge on the coffee table! Hallelujah!
We delighted in further testing the markers on a variety of surfaces: Baby's clothes, Mommy's furniture, Daddy's face. In all circumstances, the Color Wonder Markers left no trace. But my husband was the first one to notice something was amiss.
"Phew! These things stink!" Hubby said as he recoiled from one of the markers. A noticeable difference from Crayola's scented markers, which smell like various fruits, the Color Wonder markers smell vile. "Cleaning fluid", I guessed. "Turpentine", said Hubby. "Toxic waste", offered a friend. I can only guess that, although the product touts itself as non-toxic, anything that smells like it should be handled while wearing a haz-mat suit can't be that good for you. So although I wouldn't worry when your child tries to color her entire body with the little invisible markers, you might want to restrain them if they want to suck on the ink for too long a time. Sucking on any kind of ink isn't a habit you want to enforce in your kids, anyway.
The second “con” in this mostly-“pro” product is that the marker colors aren’t very vibrant. The markers (red, yellow, green, blue, purple and black), which can be tethered to the paper pack via a reclosable mesh bag, show up darkly on the cool paper, with the exception of yellow, which is almost invisible. I’d be interested to try some of Crayola’s other colors (like “bold” and “tropical”) in Color Wonder markers if they come out with them.
Finally, the price. $6.99 is what we paid for the six markers and 30-sheet paper pack, and we had scribbled our way through half the paper in an hour. Replacement paper packs are $4.99, which is certainly pricey, considering all my daughter will create on the pages right now is very, very abstract art. But, it’s saved my furniture already on a number of occasions, so if your child is, like mine, the creative type, Crayola Color Wonder Markers are just the thing to inspire your budding Picassos without turning your home into the Preschool Louvre. Just beware the smell.
Kara’s Handy Tips For Freaking Out The Grandparents
1. Show up at Grandparents’ spotless, white-carpeted home with Crayola Color Wonder Markers.
2. Encourage child to draw, with Color Wonder Markers, all over their hands.
3. Immediately place child’s marked-up hand on Color Wonder paper, making a messy, Grandparent-scaring handprint.
4. Encourage child to place same hand on white carpet, white walls, or white dog.
5. Hilarity ensues! Grandparents will only realize that the markers don’t mark on other surfaces until after they’ve suffered myocardial infarction.
KaraHoo assumes no responsibility for any Grandparents injured as a result of this review, as we all know she’s ONLY KIDDING. DO NOT attempt to Freak Out Grandparents with any other kind or brand of marker. No evil emails, please. ;)
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