Fun Finds For Mom

“the best crayons in the world”

My big boy starts back to school today. Hooray! By now, you’ve probably gotten all your “official” school supplies. Today’s post is about an extra splurge item that you may find well worth the investment — especially if you have a little one starting Kindergarten who does NOT love to color.

I was pretty surprised at the amount of coloring that takes place in Kindergarten. Not just in the classroom, but on daily homework pages too. I quickly found this to be a big source of frustration for my son, who is not a big fan of coloring. I had been eyeing these Stockmar beeswax crayons for some time, and after seeing his despair at his never-ending coloring assignments, I finally decided to present them as a special gift, to somehow elevate the exercise of coloring. When I gave these to him, I told him they were no ordinary crayons. They were the “best crayons in the world”. (As far as I can tell, this is true. Of course, if you feel otherwise, please let me know. ) I explained that they were made from beeswax (yum), drew bold bright colors, and lasted a really long time. They even came with their own metal case, which is kind of exciting.

While I can’t say he suddenly developed a passion for coloring, I did notice an improvement in his attitude when he got out his “special crayons”. Yes, these cost quite a bit more than your typical Crayolas, but they have lasted an incredibly long time. I bought the box with 8 block shape crayons and 8 sticks, but the blocks haven’t gotten much use. I’d recommend getting a set with all sticks. They come in sets of 8, 12, 16 and 24.

$11.50 for a set of 8 stick crayons at Amazon.com (or google “Stockmar stick crayons” for several other online stores)

Posted Monday, August 9, 2010 in Activity, Kids