Product Review !

Rollitt!

First impression: Anything that says it’s ” Great Fun! No Mess” is full of it. but we’ll see. I did notice a remark on the side of the box that says ” Easy Clean up” then another that says ” Color can leave stains rinse immediately with warm water.” hmmmm.

So here we go I have a washcloth with warm water ready, a table cloth protecting my ikea table, and my son who isn’t even 2 even though the package says 3+. I’m watching him carefully especially his mouth which often finds it’s way to all sorts of art supplies!

What I liked:

  • The price, well under 10 dollars for a pack of 4.
  • The colors are vivid
  • Not very messy
  • Not made in China ( South Africa)

What I didn’t like:

  • They don’t roll on very consistently, so you get darker spots and little pools of paint.
  • Hard to use as anything other than free art/ abstract .
  • My son didn’t put it in his mouth, shocking!

What my son liked:

  • The colors

What my son didn’t :

  • You can see in this picture that he has the bottle at the wrong angle, I know that the age is 3+ but wanted to mention that this can be frustrating for young kids .
  • It took a long time for the picture to dry so I wouldn’t let him touch it until it was dry and he was not pleased. The stain warning on the box had me a little worried.

Over all I think these make a fun add on to your art supplies but are by no means a must have and I would probably reserve them for older kids.

Parent’s Corner : There is help if you need it!

Postpartum Depression
Most of you reading my blog are moms, and if one thing since having my son has become abundantly clear it’s that we need each other. PPD has been getting a lot of press but still so many moms aren’t getting the help they need and deserve. When I read Jenny and Graham Gibbs- Bankston’s tragic story I couldn’t imagine the pain that she must have been in and the grief that those families are left with. Please visit the link to Jenny’s Light, a foundation set up to educate and support those facing PPD and their families.

This is the number for the National Postpartum Depression Hotline , please pass it along to anyone in need 1-800-PPD-MOMS .

A reader Katherine also added this comment which I thought should be included :

1-800-944-4PPD This is the phone number for Postpartum Support International, the largest nonprofit in the world supporting women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The people who answer this number can connect women to resources in every state in the US. Plus, they have Spanish speakers as well.

Thanks Katherine!

How To Make Juice Box Crayons

recycled crayonsRecycled crayons are fun to make and you don’t need any fancy molds for these! I decided to take advantage of the back to school prices on crayons and make a fun Halloween treat for my son, using recyclable juice boxes for a mold! Here is how I did it. Oh and you could do this technique with any colors . These chunky crayons are great for toddlers and who doesn’t need more stuff for their toddlers to do?

  1. Gather your materials. You will need crayons, some disposable tin foil muffin liners, a pan, some sparkles if desired , a juice box and your oven.
  2. Set your oven to 250 degrees or lower.
  3. Peel off any paper on the crayons you are using. I am using 6 orange and 3 black crayons.
  4. Break the crayons into smaller pieces and place them in the foil muffin liners- or a small over safe container you don’t mind getting wax all over.
  5. Pop them into your oven and watch carefully, they melt fast.
  6. Cut the top off the empty juice box.
  7. Once the wax is melted, pour one muffin liner full of orange wax into the juice box , put it in the fridge to solidify.
  8. If using sparkles pour them into the black wax now, stir and pop the pan back in the oven .
  9. When the wax is set in the juice box, repeat with the black wax, then the 2nd layer of orange.
  10. Let sit until completely dry.
  11. Cut the juice box and peel off the crayon.
  12. Color using this fun new crayon.

Parent’s Corner: Product Review


Do* A* Dot*Art

As a teacher I loved these, little hands do well holding a thicker bottle and they are easy to set up and take out. The real test though is if I still like them when it’s my kitchen , my child’s clothing and I don’t have an assistant teacher to get to clean it up !

What I liked: I loved that they really don’t make a huge mess. As hard as I tried to squeeze and slam it down on my paper it didn’t splatter. I liked the colors and how vibrant they were, and I liked that my son loved doing “dot dot dots”.

What I don’t like: I question their wash ability, although we’ll have to wait until I wash my son’s clothes to see. The reason I say this is because the inside info sheet suggests using a detergent with bleach to get the paint out…. doesn’t sound like this stuff comes out easily. Also I thought the price was a little steep , the regular price was 14.99 although a very nice lady in line at Michael’s handed me a 40% off coupon!

**Update since washing the clothes, no major stains. I washed his white shirt with some shout and free and clear detergent and it all came out!


What my son liked : He loved the sound of the dobber hitting the paper, he kept saying “dot dot dot” in time with it hitting the table. He also liked the feel of the tip on his tongue which is not a good thing. See Below.

What my son didn’t like: Being in timeout after getting many warnings about not putting it in his mouth. The concern is that this really is NOT a product for children who are still mouthing things, the top can come off if squeezed hard enough or bitten. It didn’t take much force to pop this off, an d the top is about the same size as a toddler’s windpipe – so please use with caution!
The box actually has a 3+ warning on it but I know many 3-4 year olds who like to test things with their mouths too. Please use extra caution with any child who might put it in their mouth. Nothing compares to close adult supervision!