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 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 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.


  1. I'd love to draw pictures of my handsome grandsons! I'm assuming that the crayons come with talent built in.

  2. I'm sticking with art supplies this year, too, because I'm sick of all these crappy fad toys. And art supplies are usually my go-to birthday gift of choice for other people's kids--bonus if the kid happens to have a birthday around back-to-school time when all those supplies are on sale.

    So, I'd love to win some Crayola products!

    If I had 150 colors, I would probably draw cats, seeing as cats are my best drawing skill. Think of all the pretty calicos and tortoiseshells you could draw with 150 colors! Oh, and I'd draw the standard box-shaped house with a tree out front and a little curl of smoke coming out of the chimney, because that's the extent of my architectural drawing skills.

  3. WE have the tower and I love it. I buy new crayons as needed but its the best holder ever. I think the glow book look amazing.

    To answer your question there is a lot of space drawings going on in our house lately.

  4. I have been perfecting my super-hero drawing skills lately. I can draw a pretty mean batman and superman these days. :)

  5. This would be GREAT! Marie is all about art.

    If I had 150 colors, I would try to be like David Bromstad and draw out all the rooms in my house I am trying to decorate. Surely it would help me pick the right paint color (for once!).

  6. Kristin Devine MuellerDecember 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    This is such a cool prize...nieces and nephews would love it!

    If I had that many crayons, I think I would draw pictures of trees and flowers and springtime! It would help me forget how cold it is outside! :)

  7. Art supplies are a big hit around our house! :)

    I would probably draw a mosaic. Lots and lots of color!

  8. love crayola!!! if i had 150 crayons (not to mention 150 colors to choose from), i would draw and create amazing puzzles for the boys to do. they are beginning to love puzzles and i know they would appreciate the colors i chose ;)

  9. wow, 150 colors of crayons to draw with... i was a drawer when i was young, still impress my young kids w/ my drawing abilities... if we have 150 crayons, we can have a drawing game for our family and compare the creativity and details of each drawing and compare the colors we all chose to use in our drawings. :-)
    ~ Wen-Yi

  10. with 150 crayons we could not only draw until the cows come home but we could play some mean games of pick-up-sticks, too!

  11. Whenever I draw with my kids, I end up drawing our house-yard-family or a Christmas scene. Somehow my drawing skills never really progressed past the 4th grade level...but I do love coloring in coloring books. And 150 colors would be perfect for that!!


you can also find me here

some other groups i've joined


reviews from the crib | Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial License | Dandy Dandilion Designed by Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates