Crayola Crayon Maker
Tonight I am on Mom It Forward’s Girls’ Night Out ( #gno) panel on Twitter sponsored by Crayola to discuss creative gift giving and decorating. As a panelist I was also lucky enough to receive a cool new Crayola product , and although not required, I wanted to review it. I was not paid for the review but like I said I was given the product free of charge.
I have made crayons numerous times here on No Time For Flash Cards, once during a heat wave on my patio. This time though I was able to keep my oven off, and could do it rain or shine. When my son and I opened the box at first I was a little disappointed that the product was something that was suggested for 8+ since my only child is not quite 3, but then I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to see how friendly this would be for families with multiple ages. I am sure there are many households out there that shy away from products like this thinking that since they have younger children it wouldn’t be safe with a toddler or preschooler around.
I was impressed.
First and foremost this product gets hot ( on the inside) and there needs to be parental supervision – that said I was very impressed with all the built in safey features. Before I get to those let me show you with the help of my trusty assistant how easy it is to use.
1. Break your crayons into small peices. 8 crayons are provided for you but you can use any crayola crayons.
2. Next place them in the tray.This is where my little one stopped acting as helper and just watched from then on. Remember it is suggested for 8+.
3. Close the lid, plug it in , turn the dial and go.
Now while we are waiting for the crayons to melt let me get back to the safety features. The lid you see locks. When you turn the dial to start the melting process it locks and stays locked until it’s safe to touch. I purposefully tried to open it many times, I tried to “speed” up the ticking dial and it was all to no avail. Nothing opened that lid until the time was up. This would have frustrated me as a curious destructive 8 year old but I am awed as a safety conscious mom. I also like that the heating comes from a light bulb, which is easy to remove if you are planning on storing this and don’t want unauthorized use!
4. Oooh look they are melting. Now melting does take a while and it’s unlikely that your kids will be watching the whole time- but once they are melted the light goes off and it’s time to …
5. Tip the wax into the molds ( all still protected by the see through lid) and be amazed.
6. When the ticking stops- open the lid .
7. Clean up. Well we all hate clean up right? Unfortunately it was harder to clean than I was hoping. I even retested it and grabbed the tray as soon as the lid was unlocked , then it was HOT ( not hot enough to burn but too hot to comfortably handle) and still the wax didn’t all wipe off . So I hacked at it with a plastic pampered chef tool, and made a bigger mess.
8. When the crayons are cool, pop them from the mold, put them into the holders and voila!
9. Get creating with cool swirly colors. I have to say these end up as nice as real crayons. Often when you make your own they don’t write as smooth, and these are awesome.
So overall – the product was fantastic even if clean up wasn’t. I would happily suggest this to families this holiday season. Oh wait the last thing that I think is really wonderful, the price. I totally expected a SRP of $50 for this, nope 29.99 ! I was shocked. So if you have a little artist this is a great option, and a safe one even if they have some younger curious siblings!
What a timely review! I was just looking at these online last night. They look like a great idea, but I was skeptical. Looks like it is great, except for the cleaning. But isn’t that the way with everything?! We have about a thousand crayon pieces here just waiting to be made new again!
Charlee Pensak says
We saw the commercial for that last night and my son asked for it thank you for the review I now have a better idea of the product we may get this for our house
If you have specific questions please always feel free to ask as well.
Badger Momma says
Okay I’m a little confused why you would break crayons to make more crayons. I could see if it they were bits and pieces of crayons that really couldn’t be used anymore because they were so small, but to break the crayons in to small pieces to make more crayons? Is there a point to this that I’m missing?
You can mix the crayon colors together! In more recent attempt choosing only 2 contrasting colors works the best you get cool swirly colors.
My little man wants this. I hadn’t seen it yet. Could you spray the tray with cooking spray?
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I wouldn’t – only because it gets close to a light bulb and I would worry about it being a fire hazard. The tray is hard to clean but since you are making mixed crayons with all sorts of colors not one in a single color a little bit of leftovers don’t mess anything up.
Can Can (Mom Most Traveled) says
Try putting the mold in the freezer to get the wax bits off more easily.
I had the previous version of this and the mold was made of plastic. It disintegrated while in the game closet. It got all oily and weird like old fishing lures.
lo lo says
im 11 and i loved this thing my crayon ,maker is hard to clean but really fun!!