Review: Crayola Dry Erase Crayons

Last night, my wife, kids and I had to stop off at Walgreen’s on the way home from my parents’ house because we remembered a prescription that needed to be re-filled.

There was a 15 minute wait on the prescription so we ended up wandering the store and checking out the items they had for sale there (we needed milk again anyway). As we were walking up one of the aisles, my wife and I happened to notice something different from the Crayola brand; Dry Erase Crayons. At first, I ignored these and their $4 price tag. But, a couple minutes later, I was back over by them and eventually purchased a box.

My daughters have an easel set they love using and, on one side of this is a dry erase board. This is a great way to keep them occupied (especially my youngest daughter). However, they both have a bad habit of leaving the caps off of the markers and they end up drying out as a result. Since dry erase markers aren’t overly cheap to begin with, my wife and I eventually got fed up with the wasted money and stopped buying them.

There were two things that caught my attention when it came to these crayons. First, there weren’t any caps for them to lose. Secondly (and most importantly), they didn’t dry out. Those two things were enough to justify giving them a try and, so far, I think it was a good purchase.

I had a couple big concerns when I purchased these crayons (it was a box of eight). One of the big questions I had was whether or not they would work as well as markers. After all, what’s the point of having my kids draw with them if I can’t see what they are drawing? As it turns out, this was not a problem. The crayons showed up almost as brightly as the last set of markers we purchased for them (a very expensive set).

I was also curious about how easy these crayons would be to wipe off the board; mostly because I have found crayon isn’t the easiest thing to get off of anything else (like walls). However, again, this was not a problem. I had to use a little more elbow grease than I would have needed with markers but it wasn’t anything significant. And, to be honest, I like the idea of the crayons not being quite as easy to wipe off because there’s less of a chance my kids will accidentally smear their drawings.

I definitely recommend this product to parents. In fact, I have no intention of buying dry erase markers ever again.

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