Toddler vs marker – when things get messy


This product talk is brought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola. I was given two Color Wonder packs for review – all opinions in this post are my own and those of Miss T and Mr TT – even Handy Hubby gets a say!

Miss T is craft and colouring-in obsessed. Every day there is a new masterpiece in her bag home from pre-primary. I find drawings stuffed into my handbag and our walls have been turned into galleries. Every few nights when my tornadoes are sleeping, the fairies visit and take a few masterpieces with them. Fairyland is in desperate need of artwork you see…

Her pride and joy is her Crayola Art Case which we keep up high on a shelf, away from the destructive, cute and stubby little fingers of Mr TT. At just under 3 years old, he too loves to colour – his arms, legs, the table, couch – there’s not much he hasn’t tried to inflict with his “creativity”.

He seems to have finally turned the corner and now wants to colour-in too. Of course he wants to use markers like his big sister. Crayons and pencils just won’t do anymore. I applaud his enthusiasm but know, when toddlers and markers are involved, things can quickly turn messy.

Just like this:

And this:

And this:


OK – that last one came from a Buzzfeed article about why kids should never be left alone with their Dads, but you get the idea!

The concept of a marker that is mess-free, non-toxic and won’t colour on skin, furniture or fabric sounds too good to be true – but it’s not.

The special ink in Color Wonder Markers is clear on most surfaces, yet each marker ‘magically’ shows up a different colour on Color Wonder Paper. No more constant hovering over Mr TT’s shoulder waiting to jump as soon as his marker leaves the page. My bottle of spray and wipe might finally get a rest.

The tornadoes couldn’t wait to rip into the packs which each contained 18 colouring pages and 5 special markers.

Crayola Color Wonder Frozen and TMNT    Mr TT attacks

“It’s magic” said Miss T as the colour ‘magically’ appeared on the paper.

Miss T at work

“It not work” said Mr TT as he tried to colour-in his hands and on the table.

Mr TT mess free

“It’s pretty cool” said Handy Hubby as he proceeded to colour-in what he described as a “Smurf Ninja Turtle”.

Smurf TMNT by Handy Hubby

You can imagine Miss T’s excitement when she saw that one of the packs was ‘Frozen’. She was so enamoured she continued to colour the pages for an hour and a half. Based on the number of Frozen parties we have been to (and will no doubt continue to go to), I think the Color Wonder ‘Frozen’ pack will be loved by many of her Elsa and Anna obsessed friends.

There are lots of packs with different designs to choose from. If you’re interested in checking out the full Color Wonder range, it’s here! I’ve given Color Wonder packs as gifts before and they have always been a hit. They make a great creative and inexpensive gift for kids aged 3 and over.

With our little family heading away for a short trip next school holidays, I plan on packing our Color Wonder books and markers. I can’t imagine getting any accommodation bond money back should Mr TT plan on getting “creative” with the tables or walls.

What do your kids love to colour-in?

Have your little tornadoes ever coloured “outside the lines”?!

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