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Crayola Pip Squeaks MiniMarkers
I bought a packs of these for my ex Homestart family as the twin girls just love writing and drawing. Their favourite toy of all time is a slide across wipe off slate which they got for their third birthday and they are going to be four in November. They are the most delightful little girls and I still love popping over to see them about once a month. I usually try to find some little gift to take with me an in return Mum makes a delicious curry which we all have for lunch.
My granddaughter is very busy and loves to be outside, she is less enthusiastic about drawing and writing. She is the same age as the twins. One of the twins is far keener on the writing than the other and is in fact very quick to pick things up.
When I visit I spend time reading to or playing with the girls. Once I took them a cheap Tesco paddling pool which they still have from last year and the last visit I took them these. They are very good at sharing so I bought a pack of fourteen from Amazon which cost me just over £3 and postage was at that time free but I do have a few others bits in the order.
The girls are very keen on colouring and one of them actually keeps pretty much in the lines, she can count to ten and write her name. The other sort of scribbles over the picture and makes marks . I do lots of pre writing stuff with her and more actual letter formation with the other child as she is so keen to learn.
They were delighted with their present and of course we opened them straight away. We then found some note books and colouring books to try them out on. I bought this larger pack as it gave more colours and was cheaper for me than two smaller packs. A pack of seven would have cost me nearly as much at £2.39, the 14 pack was £3.09 and a large pack of 25 which does come with a colouring book is £11.99. Personally I felt the pack of fourteen offered the best value for money. I bought two as I had one for my granddaughter as well but she is away on holiday so as yet has not used hers.
The pack consists of fourteen shorter than normal felt pens or markers as they call them. The colours in the pack give a good variety of nice bright colours including black, grey, light brown, brown, lilac, cerulean blue, blue/violet, blue/green, green, yellow, orange, carnation pink, violet/red and scarlet pink.
I have always rated Crayola markers highly and used them in school for years and they always lasted far longer than other brands despite children not being that great at replacing the lids. These are the same quality but made in smaller chunkier size as they are easier for little hands to hold and control. A longer pen is harder to control as it sticks out quite a long way in a little hand and is easily knocked at the top end by the child's own head as they lean over concentrating. These short ones don't stick out far above their hand so they can see where they are drawing and have better control.
They have a decent thickish tip which lets out a good amount of colour as the child draws or colours. They seemed to withstand some quite heavy colouring although the girls are getting better at not pressing so hard. Also a big bonus is that they are washable so if any does get on clothes they will wash out. If you have a budding Banksy it is nice to know that with a good cleaner their creations will easily be removed.
Crayola state they are for ages 3 and up but that is at your own discretion. Provided you are with the child they can make marks from two onwards I would say. It depends on the child and their interest and skill level.
These have quite a thick nib but it is possible to make pre writing marks and even write words on a big enough piece of paper. Young children are unlikely to be able to have the fine motor skills to be able to write in lines and small enough to need a pen rather than something like this.
The lids are quite a good size so unlikely to be swallowable but still keep an eye on them especially with very young ones. They do have a breath hole in them so if they are swallowed the child can still breath. I have to say that my grandson of six was taken to hospital recently having swallowed a marble so just because they seem sensible does not mean that they won't do something silly! Discourage children from putting the lids in their mouth. I usually try to train my children, in school and out of school, to put the lids on the ends of the pens when they are using them then they don't get lost. ILds are so easy to lose as they roll easily off the table and under things and the pens go dry after a while if the lids are not kept on them.
In fact one thing that has often puzzled me is why some crayon and felt pen markers have not made slightly triangular pens as it would make them easier to hold and they then wouldn't roll off te table so easily which children find very annoying as they are always losing them. It would save a lot of fuss in schools if they had non rolling crayons and felts.
Anyway the round issue aside I have found these excellent little pens I gave them to my ex Homestart girls about a month ago and they have used them daily according to their Mum. We spent a good two hours enjoying them on the day I gave the pack to them. I was impressed with the chunkiness, the quality and the colours.
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We got a set of these markers free by buying 2 packets of Mccain smiley faces and typing the codes from inside the bags onto the site, there are 6 different items available and the delivery was free too so even better.
You can buy these all over, Asda currently have a lot of Crayola items on 2 for £3 which is decent value and you can buy them online from the likes of Amazon, a 7 park which is what we got is £2.39, a 14 pack is £3.09 and a mega wallet of 25 complete with colouring pad is £11.99.
The pens came packaged in a on a small cardboard backing which was bright yellow in colour which is Crayolas colour along with the dark green in the Crayola logo. The pens are encased in plastic so you can see the pens inside and state that they are for ages 3 plus. The pens apparently have crush resistant technology to prevent the nibs being squashed down by children using too much force which is great as it makes the pens last longer.
The pens inside the pack were red, yellow, light pink, a light orange, green, blue and bright pink, the pens are shorter than normal felt tip pens and they have coloured caps to match the colour of the pen. On the length of the pens it has mini markers printed and then the ends of the pens are coloured too so it's easy to see which colour it is even if the pen lids get mixed up.
The pens are great quality, my 2 year old uses them as long as there is an adult in the room and she is just coming past the stage of holding the pen in a fist and applying far too much pressure yet the pens are still in great condition, none of them are running out and none of the nibs have split. The pens are meant to be washable and they are out of clothing but getting them off skin isn't very easy and they do take a while to come off.
The nibs of the pens are quite thick so not easy to colour in detailing and the colours are lovely and bright, both girls love playing with pens and making pictures and with these I know that their clothes will come clean which means I can relax a little when they're using them. I usually buy the supertips pens from Crayola, these are just as good but I will probably stick with the supertip ones as they are longer and seem easy for my eldest daughter to use. These are great value, last ages and don't smudge everything you want from a felt tip pen.
****The Crayola Pip Squeaks****
At Christmas time, I always try to buy little items to bulk up the presents under the tree. I had some Amazon vouchers left over from buying the bigger items so I decided to get Hollie some new felt tips as she was old enough now not to use them to colour on the walls and anywhere she shouldn't. I Paid £2.89 for these in December 2012 and bought some other lovely Crayola things to go with it.
This pack of Crayola felt tips came in a pack of 14. There was a great variety of colours for Hollie to use and being 4, she has small hands. These pens are perfect for her little hands to grip hold of and she is managing to colour in the lines of colouring pages and it is easier for her to control where she wants to draw.
The colours are:
The colours are lovely and bright and are perfect for those little budding artists. The tip of the pen is pointed so they can also write with the pens if they wish. They are lovely and moist so the colour will come out very easily on to the page and the child doesn't need to push too hard on the paper for the colour to come out. Hollie has had a few accidents on the kitchen table and it is reassuring that any accidental marks can be wiped off, Also along with those which weren't so accidental.
The recommended age for use is 3 years - 7 years. I think this is just about right as I would say they are better for younger children than older. Hollie is at the perfect age to play with these as she is learning how to colour in properly and as there isn't a huge amount of pens so she can pack them away neatly and place all the lids back on when using them. We've had them for 8 months now and they haven't had any signs of drying out or running out of ink yet. For the price we paid, I am more than happy with them. They are so much better than any other felt tip we have tried here as they have the bold bright colour and excellent amount of ink in each pen.
I give these pens 5/5 stars are the are the perfect pen for children to use and even I enjoy getting them out when we have an arts and crafts play time. I was afraid to get felt tips out before but these wash out of clothes, are easy to wipe off surfaces and even easier off of skin. If you have children aged 3 and up, I would definitely recommend these to you.
You can buy these for £3.09 on Amazon currently which is a very good price. That works out at 22p per pen!. I would suggest getting some kind of box to keep them in or pencil case as we've had a few pens go missing and they pop up hiding under the sofa or under the table.
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My daughter loves to be creative so I decided to buy these, she had some shop brand ones first which were a nightmare to wash off and she gets upset when her hands are dirty, so I opted for that old classic, Crayola!
What are Crayola Pip-Squeaks Mini Markers?
These markers are small, fat Crayola pens especially designed for little hands, suitable from 12 months onwards. The pack has 14 pens ranging in colour with all the primary colours present plus pink, grey, light green, etc. So a good range of colours for your budding artist!
The range of colours here is fantastic for the price, an excellent way to start teaching and identifying colours with your little one. They are just the perfect size for small hands and the lids are easy to remove and replace. They make a satisfying "click" noise when the lid is back on properly and my daughter loves to say "click" as she puts in on! The real benefit to these markers is when they say they are washable, they really are. My daughter likes to scribble on her hands, the table and even on my nice white walls once (well, my fault for putting her right next to it in her chair I guess?!) and the ink just wipes straight off with a damp cloth. When it gets on her clothes, it washes straight out with a rinse under the tap. Perfect!
What's not so great?
The only downside is the price, it is fair to say Crayola are more expensive than other brands
Do I recommend Pipsqueaks?
Absolutely, you can see how big my "what's great" section is compared to the "what's not so great" and to counter the only downside, Crayola are the only brand I have come across which is truly washable and in my book that is worth a little extra!
Pip-squeaks for your little pip squeaks
My little girl loves to colour and draw and although its just squiggly lines at the moment I like to encourage her creativity and do this by getting her different pencils, crayons and markers. These pip-squeak markers are made by Crayola but are smaller that regular markers. I like them because I think they look quite cute and I knew my little girl who is just turning 3 would like them too because they are just her size, small and easy to hold and come in a lovely variety of colours.
They are definitely the same good quality Crayola markers that you come to find with the regular sized ones. Each marker is white but then has the same coloured lid that corresponds to the colour inside. We have a pack of 14 that include colours such as pink, green, blue, violet, yellow, orange etc. THe colours are really bright and vibrant and when you colour with them you only need to press very lightly because they are really filled with a lot of coloured ink. I love this about these markers as with some cheaper markers you can get you really need to press down to get even a little bit of colour but these are just flowing with colour and work really well. They sometimes can be a bit too dark in a colouring book as they do come through to the other side if it is quite thin paper so I find it is better to use them on individual sheets and art projects.
The nib is really nice on these markers too. It is quite thick but then comes to a fairly small point at the end. This allows us (well me, because I like to colour in the lines, my daughter just scribbles) to really hug the lines of a drawing and make it look really cute. The ink on these markers is washable which is great because when my daughter draws so gets it on her sleeves and her top (god knows how) but so far they have always washed off. When my one year old boy got ahold of one his sister left out and drew on our wooden table this also washed off with the help of a wet wipe!!
All in all a fun way to be creative!
While we were shopping we decided to pick up some more colouring pens for my children. The last ones had dried out, and so when I came across these Crayola markers I decided to buy them. We have a range of craft items from the Crayola range, and find they are perfect for young children to use. There are lots of simple things about the markers that make them fantastic. Each colour has a quirky name like little lemon, or raindrop blue. This may not seem very exciting, but my children love the fact there are special names for each colour. I find every time they swap colours they will ask me what colour they are about to use. Even the packaging is loved by my children, with cartoon faces and a simple design they look nice.
The markers are half the size of standard coloured pens, and then the lid takes up half of the marker, so they really are very small. I was a little worried they would be too small to be able to hold properly, but we have found they are actually the perfect size for little hands. They are rather wide so that little one can hold them in their hand firmly. We received a range of colours in the set , and found that they are all very bright colours. There is enough choice to please children even in the smallest available pack.
My children all love these pens as they find them very easy to use. The markers tip is not so wet that they run through paper, but are bold bright pigmented colours so that they still show very well. The colours have large heads, and they are shaped so that no matter which way little one holds the pen it will transfer on the paper easy. There is a small point at the tip of the pen to colour small areas, but the main head of the markers is round so they can cover large areas very easily. All of my children can use them without any trouble at all, and even my two year old son can be let loose with these pens.
My children all write in different ways. My two eldest children can hold a pen correctly, and they really enjoy colouring with these pens they seem to think they are comfy enough. My youngest son just grabs the markers in whatever way he can to draw on the paper, and he seems to find them comfy too. As the colours are being used by young children they need to be tough, and I find my children tend to draw over another colour and this can stain the pen. This does happen with these markers especially as the tip of the pen is so large, but if you just scribble on a piece of paper it transfers off fairly easily, leaving the original colour still usable. . As they are made for children as you would expect the pen does wash out easily. I find if any of the pens gets into clothes it will wash out on a normal wash without any help needed at all. They also wash of children's skin very easily, my son managed to get the green pen all over him making him look like Shrek, and after a few minutes in the bath there was no trace of it. The pen does not need to be washed with soap, and it also comes off very easily with baby wipes.
The lid fits on the end of the marker which both lengthens the area little one can hold it, but also means the lids are not lost as easily. The pens can also be clicked into the end of each other which my children thought was fantastic, and half the fun they have is building the pens up together. All three of my children can remove the lids without any problem, and they can also click them into place which means the pens are less likely to dry out. We have had a few of the pens left without lids, but amazingly after a few hours they could still be used. I have had problems with felt tips before as even after an hour they become dry, and the colour reduces but there are no problems with these pens.
We purchased ours from Asda for a 14 pack of markers we paid £2. Looking online I can see they come in a number of different pack sizes. These are available on Amazon at the moment for £3.50 for a 14 pack. I would recommend these pens to anyone with children, they may be a little more than other pens, but it is worth it in the end. We have had these markers for a while now with them receiving a lot of use from my children, they do seem to have dried out a little, but they still work perfectly.
Little things are always cuter than big things and these felt tips are no exception. They are small making it easier for the children to hold and look very dinky being so small! I regularly look after my niece and nephew so always have crayons and colours so we can colour and draw together.
==Price and availability==
A packet of these pipsqueak pens will cost around £2.20 and they are available at most supermarkets in the stationary department or shops such as WH Smiths.
These pens are very small and only stand around 7 cm tall. They are quite chunky and they have a large lid which is easy to take off and re cap. This pack contains 14 different pens. This includes many of the following colours, black, grey, light brown, brown, lilac, light blue, blue/violet, blue/green, green, yellow, orange, soft pink, violet/red and bright pink.
All the colours look very similar to the lids which are good as we had a packet of cheap felt tips where none of the colours looked like the lids. It was very misleading!
The pens are supposedly equipped with crush resistant nibs and so far, no one has managed to damage the nibs by pushing too hard with them. So this is definitely an advantage for the pens.
The colours are bright and vivid and look good on the paper. They work get on thick paper or colouring books and look rich and vibrant. When writing on things with a shiny surface, as the pens are water based they tend to not work as well and do not dry. This results in a very smudgy pale image so just make sure you chose what paper you will use first.
There are some great colours in the packet letting the children be as creative as they want to be. Obviously after a good colouring session with felt tips, they end up with it all over their hands. Luckily with a decent amount of soap and water the pen comes off. My only complaint is that the pen takes slightly longer than I expected to dry on the paper so the children get messy from the heels of their palms dragging across the wet colour. However, the bonus is that it comes off easily.
The pens are suitable for children over the age of 3. This is due to the easy to hold size and the large lids. Large lids are important as not only does it help get over the choking hazard, it also makes them easy to find!
These are very cute and seem to be lasting us quite a while. Therefore, I can fully recommend them!