ok, so our household is fairly new to the coloring scene again. we got max an easel for christmas with some large regular crayons. since then he has learned that eating crayons is great fun. so my inlaws bought him some clickable crayons that aren't as easily eaten, they work fairly well. but over the weekend, he received a few sets of "washable" crayons from the easter bunny.
one set i, er, the easter bunny got him were those Tadoodles from crayola. totally cute right? well, not so much. max got his easter basket and we took those out he went straight to his drawing paper and i turned around to get everything ready to leave the house for the day. NO MORE THAN 30 SECONDS LATER... he comes over to me whining about something and hands the tadoodle to me with the tip completely missing and his mouth completely stained blue along with blue stain on his shirt and sweater vest. damn it, we hadn't even left the house yet and my kid had blue crap all over his easter clothes.
then this morning i decide to give these crayons a more supervised trial. we sit on the floor with a new coloring book and these stupid tadoodles... i find they are so soft that they get on everything they come in contact with, even things that aren't being "colored" things like his shirt just because he's holding one close to himself. then i notice that while he's coloring, his hand will briefly leave the page and just graze the rug, yep the rug got it too! what a joke these things are! i think they are washable because when you use them you HAVE to be able to clean them up since they make a mess everywhere they go! we didn't have this problem with regular crayons. and frankly if they got somewhere that they shouldn't have, (read: the wall or floor or whatever) they come right off with a little magic eraser action.... plus if they go into his mouth, he just gets little bits of wax in there, and not a completely blue dyed mouth! i can't think that the dye could be better than just plain ole wax right?
anyways, if any of you with younger little ones haven't ventured into the world of coloring yet, i totally suggest passing up these tadoodles and getting regular old jumbo crayons. thus bypassing this headache and needless cleaning of your carpets...