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I recently purchased one of these for my daughter from Ebay costing £6 which included postage. You can get them also from Amazon at similar prices or in bigger supermarkets like Asda for around the £7-8.00 mark. They do several different packs so you can find ones more suitable to boys with cars in etc. This particular one is Disney princess.
My daughter has taken a liking recently to drawing, well scribbling really and colouring in pictures but I have to keep an eye on her as the pens or crayons tend to start wandering off onto surfaces other then the paper she is meant to be using.
This Crayola set comes with a book containing 18 pages of pictures to colour and also 5 thick Crayola marker pens. The pens with this set are Blue, pink, yellow, peach and lilac. Each lid has the colour on it with a matching base of pen as when you remove the lid the nibs are all white. I noticed my daughter couldn't put the lids back on them properly and when I tried I found that they go on so far but you have to push them really hard til they click shut properly. Being thick pens they are easily held by children and use them with ease to colour in.
The amazing thing about these pens and one of the main reasons I got it is the fact that the pens only work on this special crayola paper and not on normal paper, hands or fabrics. So my daughter can scribble the walls til her heart is content with these pens and hopefully she'd never bother again lol.
The book as I said has 18 pages of pictures each one being different. All but two of them have princess pictures on them. Each picture is outlined in black so children know where to colour in but each page also has hidden invisible pictures to colour in. If you catch the page in a certain light you can see the the areas to be coloured as a slightly cream colour and you can catch the outlines of it. My daughter found it surprising when discovered some hidden pictures on pages.
Now when you take a pen and colour in the picture there is a delay of a few seconds between colouring and the actual colour appearing which confused me at first as I thought they really were white pens lol. My daughter seems to be getting along well with this set though and because the paper has the preset picture on it using what ever they use to make this work then you can't scribble over the lines and it only allows colour in the areas that need colouring.
Even though the pictures are all nearly finished the pens have plenty of life left in them and they are useless for any other use then these Crayola sets but you can but paper refills or mini travel sets too.
I'm happy to have got this as not worried about any damage she can cause and also my daughter loves that she is colouring in these lovely pictures. I'm not sure a princess would like a multi coloured dress but who cares it's her own design work.
Also another advantage of these pens is no pen on the hands to have to wash off afterwards.
My eldest daughter has had previous colour wonder items so when looking for her Christmas presents I did a search for Colour wonder on Amazon to see what was available.
I found this item which is also available in the characters Toy Story, Moshi Monsters and Cars along with other just simple childrens drawings. The Disney Princess set currently costs £7.18 with free delivery on Amazon which is a pretty decent price for the set.
The set comes packaged in a plastic wrapper which is kind of like a bag of crisps, the front of the packet shows some of the Disney Princess characters with a 3+ in the corner to signal the set is suitable for ages 3 years and up. The Crayola brand name is on the front of the pack and it still focuses around the colours yellow and green which go along with the brand, the front of the packet is extremely colourful and very attractive.
Colour Wonder is a clever idea which will produce colour either by pen or brush on special paper but won't make a mark anywhere else, this of course means that your walls and furniture is safe and also won't make a mark on your childs skin which is fantastic.
Inside the set you get a book which is spiral bound which I think is really good as you don't have pictures falling out all over the place, the front of the book is the same as the packet with the Disney Princess characters and it states that there are 18 pages to colour. Inside the book there are 18 sheets of very thick paper which has a Disney Princess design on the front and the Colour Wonder logo printed all over the back of the sheets.
Inside the book there are pictures which include Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, one of the fairies but no idea which, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Cinderella. I think this is a great range of pictures and my daughter loves all the pictures and struggles to decide which one to colour next so I generally have to pick a picture for her.
You get 5 specials pens in the set which are blue, pink, peach for the skin, brown and yellow, the pens are like normal Crayola pens in that the barrel is white with a coloured end and lid to show the colour of the ink but these ones have Colour Wonder printed on the barrel. I think the fact there is such a limited choice of colours is really bad as on the front cover there is a picture of Rapunzel shown and she has purple clothing so the pens aren't supplied to be able to colour pictures of her and of course you cannot use normal pens. We have another colour wonder set so we have added these together to give my daughter a wider choice but I would have preferred to pay more for more pens in the set.
The set is brilliant and there literally is no mess at all which means I can happily leave Sophie to play with them without worrying to much that Emily gets hold of one of the pens. The pens don't show up as soon as they hit the paper so you have to let the colour develop for a couple of seconds but as it develops it gets brighter and brighter and the pens do produce a very striking set of colours which is great. The pictures in the book are nice, they are not too detailed but do have a few little flowers and bits on them.
Sophie loves this set and as she has now got into Toy Story I am going to buy her that set for her birthday, I love Crayola and love Colour Wonder ad it is a set which can be built on to get a better set of colours.
This is a review of Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder, the listed design is Disney Princess but the set we own is exactly the same except ours is branded as the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I wanted to get some different toys and activities for my daughter to help keep her away from the TV during the daytime and she is into everything as they say! We had a particularly messy experience with some crayons in a restaurant recently so I knew she was interested in colouring in but I didn't want her trashing our house with crayons (although I am sure it will happen!).
What is it?
The claim for this set is that it is a mess-free colouring pen set which includes an 18 page magic colouring book. Suitable for ages 0-3, I bought it although our daughter is a little young for the book but we had a little play before I put it away for a later date.
The boxed set contains five marker style colouring pens, quite chunky to hold each with different colour lids. When you take the top off they look like a clear colour and it is only when they connect with the magic paper in the colouring book that they actually work. We found that the first few seconds they went on clear then after that the colour started to develop. Quite feint at first, then it transforms into a vibrant colour, even the yellow turned into a lovely bright colour as I can find yellow felt tips to be a bit wishy washy sometimes. If you colour with the pens on the wall or table, nothing shows up so they are really good clean fun!
I was actually in the market for one of those water colouring sets that I have read about on this site and I still intend to buy some of those but these caught my interest when I saw them.
As I stated, my daughter is too young for these as she is currently into shredding anything that rips so I tore a page out for us to try so that she didn't rip up the whole colouring book. I must admit we were both having a lot of fun, with DD in her high chair (to contain her as she is very active). Obviously the various colours meant nothing to her and Mickey got a blue face and Donald got a green one.
Price and availability
I stumbled on these sets in Home Bargains for £2.99 each. I think for that price they were quite a bargain. There were different themes available including the Disney Princesses set.
I would say these are great for kids who enjoy colouring in, particularly at the early end of that scale as they are mess free, and safe to use. Those who are older will probably make a better job of matching better colours to the character but it's all good fun! I like how the pens only work with this special paper and with 18 pages there is plenty to go at. It would be a good compact set to take on a long journey too.
The pictures are great quality with lots of interesting features to colour in. With only five pens to choose from for colours it may be a bit limiting but at the price paid, I am happy with five pens.
We'll be putting away our set for now, as I don't think my nearly two year old daughter is fully appreciating them and I just hope that the pens don't dry up in the meantime, especially as I have got them out and used them! If they do, it's not the end of the world. We will probably try her again when she is two I think. As I type I can hear my DD shredding the remains of the picture we coloured in of Donald and Mickey!
Being the perfect stocking filler I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to pick up this colour wonder pack from asda last year. Costing around £5.00 it's not overly priced despite the packaging looking rather sparse with its contents. The contents comes packaged in a type of foil bag which once opened cannot be re sealed. I therefore could not explore the contents prior to, or after I purchased it, I therefore had to wait until my daughter opened it before I could properly see what I had bought.
The bag does not contain much but for the low price I wasn't expecting an awful lot. The bag contains; 1 colour wonder colouring book and 5 colour wonder pens. The colouring book contains a total of 18 pictures and the colours include; red, blue, yellow, green and orange.
The idea of the colouring book is that you can colour in the pictures, using the colour wonder pens and it will colour only in-between the lines creating neat pictures every time. The colour wonder pens have a clear nib and only draw on the special paper in the colouring book meaning that the felt tip pens won't colour or mess any other areas and will appear to be totally clear.
The pens live up to the promise of only showing on the special paper meaning that they cannot be used on plain paper but it also means that they won't create a mess in the house. I have found them relatively easy to use on the colouring book; they work like any other felt tip pen would, the only difference being that these are obviously not your average felt tip pens.
One noticeable thing about the pens, which is not an awfully bad thing but they don't appear on the paper in the same colour as they are supposed to. The red appears pink, the orange appears a beige and so on so forth. In short the colours appear a lot lighter on the paper than they are supposed to be. They are very much pastoral colours rather than primary, this does work well with the beige however as this is the perfect skin colour.
The colouring book itself is not excellent quality as it is a ring binder type style, this makes turning the pages somewhat of a nightmare. The pages themselves a relatively thin but they are decent enough to not rip or tear whilst turning them. There are 18 pages in total as the pictures are not double sided as the special paper requires two layers to make the invisible pens work on the paper.
The pictures themselves are lovely and have fantastic detail, once coloured they really do look very pretty. The pictures include Disney characters such as; Cinderella, the little mermaid and lots of other Disney princesses. The pictures are more like scenes rather than just individual images and there are many aspects of the page to colour. There are even hidden little images such as hearts, patterns and flowers, if you brush over the background of the page with the pens the little images will be shown making the page look even nicer.
Despite this not being the best thing I have ever bought, my daughter is a big fan and she took to it as soon as she opened it. Admittedly she did use crayons and other pens on it at first until I shown her that she was to use only the special colouring pens. She really likes to colour the pictures in and then show me and daddy how neat she has been on the lines even though the colour can't technically go over the lines, it just stays within the picture itself but I like to go along with her. I wouldn't want to get into a discussion that knocked her confidence because she always looks very proud of herself when she has coloured in a picture.
Despite having this colouring book for almost a year there are still several pictures left to colour in. The pictures are so detailed that my daughter never completes a full one in one sitting, that plus the fact that she doesn't colour in all of the time means that this colouring book has lasted for a rather long time. The pens have also lasted and they don't seem to be nearing to running out any time soon.
This Crayola colour wonder set is recommended for children ages 3+ which I think is the right age as younger children won't really be able to manage the detailed parts of the pictures. There are several other sets that can be bought with different themes of pictures, I don't know all of them but I know that there are toy story 3 ones and cars along with a lot more. I would highly recommend this set, its excellent value for money and has lasted my daughter a rather long time.
Color Wonder is a magical way of coloring in as the special markers only show up on the special Colour Wonder paper. Colour in your favourite Disney Princess characters with Color Wonder, where the colour only appears within the lines! For ages 3years up.