**Giveaway is closed** Winner (drawn with the help of random.org) 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 random.org 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.