Cray Cray For Crayola


Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
-Oscar Wilde-

For the past several weeks, I have been mulling over an idea. I am all mulled out. It is time to just do this thing. Leap if you will. The idea is that I am going to take two of my passions (Passion 1: toys/books/education… Portmanteau that combo however you want…Toyookation…Edubookoy, etc. + Passion 2: writing) and offer a willing audience a first-person review of something cool that I have discovered with or because of my kids.

My mama always told me that if I didn’t have something nice to say to TRY not to say anything at all. For this reason, if I am going to spend time on a write-up then it will probably only be for a product or book that knocked my socks off. I am not in the business of peeing on parades (except for today which is National Pirate Talking Day when it should really be called National Stay In Your Pajamas Because Sure They’re Hot-as-in-Hawt Day).

I am aiming to do this feature monthly. Unless people decide that they like it and WANT the info rather than just nodding out of sheer Southern politeness as we are all apt to do. If it is helpful, then I will do it more often. I eat, sleep and breathe kid books these days. I could write about a children’s book everyday for the rest of my life and die a happy woman.

This week, I am going to sing the praises of a Crayola toy that my children recently bought with $25 of their saved allowance. I ended up paying for half because they justified it as educational. And it is.

The thing is… we don’t have enough art in schools these days. Not even by a longshot. I am not pointing fingers because I honestly don’t even know who the art curricula thieves are? My guess is that it is someone who does not work in schools everyday. If I knew who the art rationing heathen were, I would’ve already done some really bad graffiti on their driveway saying something to the effect of This could’ve been so much prettier if I’d just had art every other day.

This is the Crayola Marker Maker Lab.


Here we have science, art and by virtue of drawing and writing and THINKING… a pretty fab cross-curricular investment.

As you can see, if you become the owner of your own marker lab, you will be able to mix and NAME your own colors. Do you know how often I have wanted to be the one who gets to name the newest Opi nail polish or the next Hurricane of the season (there are some people asking for that one…they are the people stealing art from schools).

My kids are loving this gadget. They have made their first few markers. As a serious children’s art collector, I am excited that I get to see not only what they draw but the colors that they mix and how they use them to create.

I love that the kids feel like little scientists as they are mixing the inks in tubes. I love that they are given the power of choice in naming the colors. See ours…an Ode to the new favorite song, Royals, ’round here.

Most of all, I love that they are excited. They are excited to create. They are excited for a new blank piece of paper. They were so giddy that they wanted to skip reading the directions.

The age recommendation as you may have noticed is 8+. I’m going to say that’s about right. Unless you have a Xanax handy, I probably wouldn’t even co-pilot this one before age 6.

Like my dad has always said, there are two ways to skin a cat. No idea why anyone would want to do that even once BUT…

If we can’t have art everyday (or even every week) at school, we can have it at home. Any day that ends in Y.

Two thumbs up on this one.


Wands – I mean– MARKERS up.

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