We Try Crayola Dry Erase Products!2:15 AM
I don't know if it's because we homeschool, or because my kids just like drawing so much, but our home is constantly cluttered up with boxes of crayons and miscellaneous pieces of printer paper. I probably pick up 10-15 pieces of scribbled on paper a day, and it gets to be rather wasteful.
We recently had the chance to try the new line of Dry Erase products from Crayola, and because of my aversion to wasted paper, I was super excited. Imagine a world with no little pieces of paper to pick up! I ripped open the products and we gave them a try right away.
There are two kinds of dry erase products products in the Crayola line: crayons and markers. The crayons are a completely new concept, as they are shaped like normal crayons, but they work on the dry erase boards. They also wipe off easily and make no mess whatsoever. The markers work like your typical dry erase marker, except that they are low odor and don't squeak! You can use them on any traditional dry-erase board, too.
In addition to getting some use out of the dry erase crayons and markers, we sampled some boards for the kids to write on. The big hit for the kids was the Dual-Side Dry Erase Board Set. In addition to coming with crayons and an eraser mitt, it has two sides -- a white and a black. The kids LOVE how the bold crayons look against the black background. They almost seem to light up!
My favorite product was the Dry Erase Activity Center. This product includes several sheets designed to go into the board, where kids can practice their letters, numbers, play tic-tac-toe, or just free-hand draw. I think this will incorporate perfectly into our pre-K and Kindergarten homeschool curriculum this year, and I adore that the products don't smudge or wipe off too easily (something that can be a problem with traditional dry erase tools.)
Of course, what Crayola line would be complete without some kind of "3D" effect? There is also a 3D Dry Erase Activity Kit, complete with crayons and a mitt. It lets kids draw on a raised board with designs underneath, giving their creations a "floating" effect. It wasn't as breathtaking as my kids had hoped for, but they do like the board. (I also appreciate that it, too, comes with everything you need to get started, including the crayons, a sharpener, and mitt.) The best part of this kit is that the crayons and sharpener snap into the tray, keeping them from getting lost (like so much of our other art stuff.)
Given how expensive dry erase products are for adults, I found these to be rather affordable. The kids just keep drawing and drawing and drawing, something they do all day anyway. Only I'm not left with wads of paper to pick up....
You can start finding these products at your local Walmart in the coming weeks!
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