Thursday, December 08, 2011

Crayola products review & giveaway - great for Christmas gifts! #MyBlogSpark {Crayola Giveaway!}

As a blogger, one of the things that I love, love, love to do is try out new products.  As kids of a blogger, one thing my kids love, love, love to do is try out new products.  I recently was out of state caring for my mom and a box arrived from Crayola and MyBlogSpark.  My husband opened it and the kids (allegedly) started salivating like a pack of wild animals.  He held them at bay until I returned home and then it was a free-for-all for the goodies in the box.  Take a look at what was sent to test out...

I loved this.  Remember, I grew up on a box with a sharpener inside.  This has the sharpener in the middle (very convenient) and you can see the colors of the rainbow displayed so you will know just which one is the perfect color for whatever you're coloring.  My 6 year old son loved this way more than his sister.  She was more interested in another item, shown below.

The telescoping part is what I loved most.  You can pull up the plastic handle and then turn to get it to lock.  When you're done, simply un-do and it's ready to store for next time.

The Glow Book was super cool too.  My son snatched this up and made it say, "Mom is #1" in glowing light.  Ok, first it said, "Stevie is #1", but I'll let him slide on that one.  Still, it's a cool toy for someone who wants to play around with animation.  It has four layers, so you won't animate far, but it's just fine for a younger child who wants to have a little bit of fun in the dark.

It also comes with some pages your child can trace, a big plus for me.  The ability to switch colors of markers helps bring definition to the picture you're drawing too.

The Ultimate Art Supplies Crayola product was something my 10 year old daughter snatched up.  She is forever drawing pictures (of horses, lately) and likes having everything in one case.  She did complain that when you opened the case, something always fell out.  If she opened it on one side, the markers tumbled out.  If she opened it on the other, the paper came out.  So I wish there was an easier fix for making those items stay, but it's not something that would detract from the value of what's inside. 

However, the biggest hit was the Crayola Jewelry Boutique.  My daughter fell in love with this jewelry making kit and has had a blast all week making beads and stringing them together as jewelry.  In fact, Santa may have bought a few Crayola Jewelry Boutique kits for Christmas after seeing how much she enjoyed letting her creativity flow through jewelry.  The drying rack makes it easy to keep your beads the shape you make them and the glaze gives them a protective coat that makes them shine. 

Get gift inspiration!  Check out the Crayola Holiday Gift Guide Website here:


 One lucky Making Ends Meet reader will win a prize pack containing everything I received to review.  Just to recap...

    Your Crayola Innovative Holiday giveaway winner´s prize pack will contain:
  • (1) Jewelry Boutique
  • (1) Glow Book
  • (1) 150-ct Crayon Tower
  • (1) Ultimate Art Supplies case

This giveaway runs through 12/15/2011 at 11:59 PM Eastern time with the winner drawn via on or about 12/16/2011.  Winner shall have 48 hours to provide information.  If winner does fails to respond within that time frame, a different winner shall be chosen.  Please leave your email in your mandatory comment or ensure that your email is publicly viewable in your profile as I need a way to reach you if you should win.  Mandatory entry required before extra entries come into play.  **Please note:  I cannot, nor can the sponsor, guarantee delivery by Christmas if you should win.  Please bear that in mind! **

Mandatory entry:  Leave a comment letting me know which of these products from Crayola would you most like to give as a gift to a special child in your life to inspire creativity, and why?

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  • One last easy entry:  Leave me a comment letting me know if you still color!  I sometimes grab the kids' coloring book and color a picture.  It's OK to admit it!  
Good luck to all!

Disclosure: The Crayola Innovative Holiday prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.
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