Monday, March 24, 2008

"washable" crayons? blah!

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...

7 comments:

Michelle said...

hmmm...are these the crayon or the marker tadoodles? Miss A has the crayon version and she's taken a nibble off of them as well. I guess I didn't notice if they smeared all over everything since I've kept her in the high chair during her masterpiece creative time lest she makes the start of a mural on my walls! The seemed a little smeary on the high chair tray. I did see that they have markers with the same design.

Perhaps Max just likes to be one with his art:)

jen said...

Thanks for the heads up! So far we've stuck with traditional crayons which he basically just uses as drumsticks while I color.

Anna said...

OMG, we had the same Easter although yours seems more extreme. I got those stupid markers for Henry and he couldn't hold them properly and so his hands were totally marked up.

I dunno, I know Henry has motor skills issues, but I think those toddler things are skippable. My MIL went out and got him those thick triangle crayons yesterday and those seem to be easier to handle.

Beth Sprague said...

Oh jeez - your little artist likes to be invovled with his work. I'm making a note to not purchase these for my niece or newphew! I hope your Easter was otherwise memorable in a good way!!!

Amanda said...

Hun, sounds like you bought markers, not crayons!!

McGee Family said...

Thank you for the tip. I will definitely be careful with what kind of crayons I buy when the time comes!

Melissa & Jon said...

I'm not a fan of the Tadoodles, either. I like the Melissa & Doug or Crayola triangular crayons. They're non-toxic, don't make a mess, and don't roll away!