Any family who likes to make arts and crafts projects also likes to try new arts and crafts supplies.
This is a real parent review of the new Crayola Twistable Markers. The Crayola Twistable Markers were tested by one adult, one teen, one tween and one toddler. Here are the results.
What Are Crayola Twistables Markers
First, what are Crayola Twistable Markers? Crayola Twistables Markers are a new marker from Crayola that solves the biggest issue facing kids’ markers today: missing covers.
Kids and parents know that missing covers mean shorter lifespan of markers, which can result in a smaller color selection for arts and crafts projects. The markers can be costly to replace, too, when kids continue to lose the covers.
The new Crayola Twistable Markers solve that problem by not having covers. Instead, the marker twists out of a bulky plastic tube instead. All done? Twist it back down and put it away.
Intended Age Group
The Crayola Twistable Markers are intended for children three and up.
I tried them with my toddler, who is almost two, because he loves to draw and likes markers. His biggest problem with regular markers is that he likes to put the covers in his mouth.
I thought the Crayola Twistable Markers would be a safer way for him to color in my presence.
The bulky shape of the Crayola Twistable Markers is deceptive. While a young child can hold onto the marker, it can be difficult to get the correct drawing angle, and place the marker tip, not the plastic marker holder onto the paper.
The older kids were disappointed in the small color selection. They know that a much larger color selection can be found with a larger set of markers, for less money.
Best Feature of the Crayola Twistable Markers
The best feature of the Crayola Twistable Markers is the fact that they do not have covers. This can relieve the problem of dried up markers.
Worst Feature of Crayola Twistable Markers
The capless markers do not teach kids to take care of their arts and crafts supplies any better than markers with covers. The system is not fool-proof because kids still need to twist the marker back down in order to prolong the life of this arts and crafts supplies.
None of the three kids which tested the marker managed to twist the marker back down.
Another issue with this arts and crafts product is washability. To wash the marker off a child’s skin will take some scrubbing and some soap.
Crayola Twistable Markers retail for about $5 for six markers. The cost is a little less at a store like Wal-Mart.
Overall, I would not recommend the Crayola Twistable Markers as a regular addition to arts and crafts supplies. They are a fun novelty, but ultimately are too expensive, and don’t really solve the problem of dried up markers. Markers dry up when kids don’t treat them properly, which can happen with Twistables as well as markers with covers.