Pros: The fun of coloring the bag; Practical use once finished
Cons: Can only be colored once; Permanent marker ink- cannot be erased
Do you have a budding artist in your household? I happen to have two of them and they enjoy any type of creative outlet, from simple coloring on a piece of paper to building things using three- dimensional objects. One creative toy that has become a big hit with my girls is the Alex Color a Candy Bag.
Bag Facts and Figures:
Alex Color a Candy Bag is a handbag with a shoulder strap, buckle closure, side pocket, and a small attached pouch. The pouch is like a luggage tag and can be used to hold the six included markers or used for other things, especially once the markers have been used.
The six inlcuded markers are permanent markers and are offered in green, blue, red, yellow, orange, and purple. They are used to color the patterns found on the bag itself and on the pouch. The pattern is one of candy; hence, the bag’s name.
Alex Color a Candy Bag measures about 14 inches in width, 10 inches in height, and 4 inches in depth. It is large enough and strong enough to carry books and the manufacturer’s recommended age for this toy is between the ages of 7 and 12.
Alex Color a Candy Bag is a handbag for the young, aspiring artist. It offers a useful bag for books and other things, making it practical, along with markers and fun shapes for kids to color in their own unique, creative way.
Most kids have at least one book bag for school and the popular bags are usually centered on a television, movie, or cartoon character. This bag doesn’t have anything like that. Instead of Buzz Lightyear, Disney princesses, or iCarly, this bag is covered on one side with depictions of ice cream cones, gumdrops, lollipops, and other assorted goodies. Kids are then encouraged to use the markers to color the candy and background in any way they like. Once finished, the bag becomes an ordinary handbag, good for transporting schoolbooks, toys, or other things.
The best aspect of Alex Color a Candy Bag is the creativity it encourages and children who love art will love coloring the candy on the bag and pouch. They can even go online to alextoys.com, select this bag, pick a design, and then print it off and use it as a guide for coloring. And when they finish coloring, they will enjoy walking around and showing off their work of art. They can show friends and others their own creative talents and while it may not be the same as showing off a popular television or movie character, it is something they can call their own and many kids will take great pride in their accomplishment.
Alex Color a Candy Bag is fun for artisitic- minded kids, but there are a few small problems with this concept. One is that the bag can only be colored one time. Once finished, it cannot be colored again and since the markers are permanent, the ink cannot be cleaned off and mistakes cannot be erased. This fact has to be stressed to kids before they begin. Many children are used to dry erase and other mistake- friendly, reusable surfaces, but this bag isn’t like that and kid’s need to know that they get only one chance to color the bag the way they like.
As for the bag, it isn’t heavy- duty in construction, but it is sufficient for its size and it should have no problem handling the types of things that kids in the targeted age group are likely to place inside. Most kids in these younger age groups do not have large, heavy textbooks, so there shouldn’t be any problem. If the bag was stuffed full of heavy books, I could see it wearing out over time and the strap gradually pulling off. But with lighter books and toys, there shouldn’t be any problem.
Overall, I find the Alex Color a Candy Bag a good, fun toy for artistic kids (it is more geared toward girls, but there could be some boys who might like it also) that lets then create their own bag covered with colorful candy. It isn’t the most creative option out there (after all, the design is already drawn- kids just have to color it) and it can only be colored once. But young, budding artists won’t mind and they will enjoy walking around with the bag, showing off their creative skills to their friends and family.