Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Holiday Gift Guide: You can't go wrong with Crayola! (w/giveaway)
Sometimes I look around the toy room in despair. We have so many toys that the kids just "had to have" that now they hardly ever play with. yet i can be sure that the drawer where we keep our crayons, markers and other crafty things is always left open with all of it contents spilling out. the kids love to color, draw and create.
that is why this year i'm making sure we have plenty of crayola products under our tree. i know from experience that these gifts will be used over and over again. for lilianna, i'm thinking the telescoping crayon tower with 150 crayons should keep her busy for quite awhile ($17.99). she likes to take a crayon, make a mark and then reach for another crayon. maybe with 150 at her disposal, she'll stay occupied for more than 5 minutes and i can get something done around here! (note: this product isn't recommended for children 3 and under--i will definitely be supervising her when she is coloring!)
the tower comes with a built-in sharpener and has three tiers of storage. i know it is too much to hope that lilianna will actually put the crayons away when she is done using them so i foresee some pretty big messes ahead of me. i have to admit, however, that i'm kind of hoping to take advantage of such a wide variety of colors myself. i never had more than 64 different colors. what could i draw with 150 different colors to choose from? maybe santa should place one of these under the tree for me as well!?
tate always has big ideas of what he wants to draw and make. his projects always require quite a few different tools that we can never seem to find. i can't imagine a better gift for him than the ultimate art supplies all-in-one portable art studio ($16.99). this is a really nice plastic storage case with 8 markers, 24 crayons, 12 colored pencils, 8 color watercolor pan with brush, 30 colored paper sheets, school glue and scissors. i think with this, tate will finally have everything he needs to create his ultimate masterpiece! i know he will like having these materials for his very own, instead of having to use the family glue or zoe or tessa's scissors. this product is recommended for ages 4 and up, and i think it is absolutely perfect for 4-yr-old tate.
these two products also come with codes to use at crayola.com to do fun things like turn a picture of yourself into a cartoon. i think all four of my kids will enjoy trying this out!
tessa is definitely my most girly-girl. she will definitely love crayola's jewelry boutique ($24.99). using model magic modeling material and a jewelry spinner, she will be able to create jewelry that she can actually wear. the set comes with 3 pendant charms, 2 shape cutters, 5 bracelet charms, 4 earrings, 5 toggles sets, 18 gems, a bead dryer rack, bead glaze, 132 inches of cord, a bead punch and 8 packs of model magic. i'm looking forward to seeing how her creativity is set free by all of these options to choose from. i have a feeling we won't be seeing much of tessa once she opens this gift on christmas day! once she runs out of options with this box, there are also expansion packs available, like "rock royalty" or "mock candy" that come with more accessories and model magic.
finally, for zoe, i will be wrapping up crayola's glow book ($29.99). the "book" come with four clear "pages" for drawing on with 6 glow markers. when the artist has worked out her plan she arranges the pages in the desired order, then switches on the flashing lights to make her drawing appear to move. zoe will be able to make her own cartoons, multi-message signs or layered drawings. i'm sure she will come up with ideas for how to use this that i haven't even thought of yet. she loves art products that let her come up with different ways to do things so i'm sure that this will be perfect for her. i can already predict that this will be coming with us in the car for our long car trip to tennessee.
this is only a sample of all that crayola has to offer. i have always preferred the quality of crayola products to other brands. i think that these gifts will allow my kids to be creative in a way that they don't often get to be at school. i'm curious to see what they come up with!
i am excited to be able to offer a package of these four products to one of you readers. just leave me a comment below telling me what you would love to draw if you had 150 crayons at your disposal (saying you are not creative or not an artist is not allowed!). i will choose a winner using random.org on december 14. must be 18 years old and a united states resident to enter.
the crayola innovative holiday prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by crayola through myblogspark. regardless, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.