Friday, December 04, 2009

Review: New Crayola Products (And A Giveaway!)

**Giveaway is closed** Winner (drawn with the help of was Stephanie -- comment 13. Thanks for entering, and watch for more giveaways in the future!

While my favorite Crayola product is still the Crayola box of 64 crayons, I have to admit that they have some neat new products available.  My kids were recently given the opportunity to test out some of the new products and had a blast with the 3 we were sent thanks to Crayola and My Blog Spark!

The first thing we opened was the Crayola Beginnings Color Me A Song.  This is an art board, that comes with 8 triangular crayons that store neatly in a drawer on the side.  Kids place a piece of paper on the board, push a few buttons that look like musical instruments, and color.  The faster they color, the faster the music plays.  When they slow down, the tempo slows along with them.  Lydia (32 months) had a blast playing with it and quickly caught on to the different tempos.  She liked pushing the buttons and hearing the different instruments play music almost as much as she enjoyed coloring to the music. 

Next, Colin decided to try out the Crayola Glow Station.  I confess I wasn't really sure what this was, and was a bit skeptical.  You need a really small screwdriver to remove the screws to add the battery to the light pen and I was a bit frustrated when we couldn't find one small enough.  Thankfully, Bo came home and found a tiny screwdriver and Colin was set.  There is a large drawing page, which glows when the special light pen is passed over the page.  This is actually very cool.  You can hang the page on the wall, or kids can play with it on a table or the floor. The Crayola Glow Station came with stencils, so they can draw different shapes, as well as different shading samples (like animal fur.) After a few minutes, the picture fades and they can draw again.  All the kids (ages 2, 7 & 9) had fun playing with the light in a semi-dark room.   After 30 minutes, my skepticism was gone and I decided this was a pretty cool toy!  My only concern was where to store the stencils and templates (they're in a bag right now, that hangs on a hook in our laundry / craft supply room.)

Finally, Nate tried out the Crayola Color Explosion Glow Dome. Again, this took a bit of time for set up, but Nate persevered. Kids color on a clear piece of plastic that sits in the middle of the dome, as well as the dome itself. Special markers are included with the Crayola Color Explosion Glow Dome. 2 templates are included that kids can place under the clear plastic to draw on, or kids can draw their own designs. Once the designs are drawn, lights go out and buttons are pushed!  The black light in the dome makes the colors glow and the dome rotates to make the pictures appear animated.  It was neat, and both boys had fun drawing designs.

Nate did a video review to show you all the details!

Now that you've gotten through all that, I can tell you that I have a Crayola Color Explosion Glow Dome to give away to one of my readers!! This would make a fun gift for any child between the ages of 5 and 10. 

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite Crayola product!  Be sure to leave your email address if it's not connected to your profile so I can contact you if you're the winner!

Winner will be drawn first thing Monday morning, December 7, 2009!  I always use to choose the winning comment.  Good Luck!

Disclosure:  I received the Crayola products listed above from Crayola and My Blog Spark to facilitate my honest and complete review.  They also provided the product to give away. No additional compensation was provided.


  1. We would have great fun with this! Right now we use our Crayola Color Surge markers a lot - they make really bright marks even on colored paper.

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  2. Honestly, my favorite Crayola product is the BIG box of 96 crayons. As an adult and a mother, I still have a collection of coloring books and crayons that I like to pull out and color with my oldest daughter. I have used Crayola Crayons since I was a kid and still use them to this day, they are the best and have such a great array of colors. Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway, my daughter has been wanting one of these Glow Dome's for Christmas!


  3. HI!
    We love Crayola's washable crayons and markers!
    We're ready to venture out and try the Globe! I think my son would LOVE it! He loves to draw, color and be creative!
    Linda Reddoch

  4. I love the Crayola Tadoodles crayons for my youngest. They are easy to hold, don't break, and not enough crayon sticks out where he will eat it!

  5. Anonymous1:28 PM

    I love Crayola products! When it comes to crayons I am definitely a crayola snob, nothing works better!! So one of my favorites is definitely the BIG box of 120 crayons, but I also love the Color Wonder line, especially the finger paints, including the sponge for wiping off fingers is an awesome idea!! And TJ and my nieces love the color bath dropz!!


  6. I love love love the washable crayons, and who don't? A mom's best friend right? I know that my son would love this! Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. I love Crayola Markers and so do my girls, but the globe looks really fun!

  8. I love anything Crayola! Their watercolors are the best! My favorite product as a kid was the Crayola Caddy, I loved that thing. They have something similar now. My kids are all getting their own 96 pack for Christmas and we would love to try out that dome!

  9. Looks like an interesting product! I am glad your son had fun with it!

  10. My fav Crayola product is crayons LOL seriously I love the smell of a new box of Crayola crayons (has to be Crayola, dollar store ones don't smell the same) but then again the color magic are great too no coloring on the floors or walls!

    SeekingHim @ gmail dot com

  11. great giveaway! I know my 6 yr old daughter would love this!...and now I have some Christmas ideas :)

    As a mother, my favorite product is the color wonder markers/papers!

  12. I certainly have to say the more old-fashioned Crayola crayons in the house, the better!

  13. That sounds like soo much fun! My favorite (current) Crayola product is the glow station! Our nephews have one and I've put it on our kids wishlist this year!

    Thanks for the chance! (And, hi from a fellow Mama Buzz'er)! :-)

  14. Kraig7:13 AM

    Holy cow! Getting a lot of readers here. Nice job Mel! A like the plain old, small box of crayons.

  15. Jamie Reis8:12 PM

    My name is Jamie and my email is My favorite Crayola product will have to be the Color Wonder. I love the way my kids can color on the paper and not on my wall or carpet or furniture. If I had to choose when I was a kid I would say the classic and always best choice would be there crayons. I just wish I could afford to buy my kids crayons this year. I lost my job last year and we are running on steam now. I am trying to figure out what I am going to do for Christmas. Well anyways sorry for being chatty, thanks.

  16. Lynnette2:05 PM

    My favorite Crayola product is the PipSqueeks markers. My daughter loves to draw and the Pip Squeeks come in so many wonderful colors. Plus they are not as large as regular markers so take up less space and fit her hand better. Lynnette

  17. I love the Crayola pencil colors. Even at my age, I still love to sit and color, but I also use them alot with my scrapbooking.

    Tonyababyrn at aol dot com

  18. I like the 64 color count crayons and their Model Magic - awesome!

  19. I like the washable crayons and markers for obvious reasons!

    I also like the twistable colored pencils and crayons. They are great for road trips.

  20. Anonymous10:46 PM

    There is something special and exciting about opening a new box of Crayola crayons (no other brand compares in my book ) these are my favorite

  21. I hope I make it in time! I think my favorite is the simple Crayola Washable markers, original colors. Nothing beats "coloring" with those!

    Melanie F

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