My house is pretty much always a mess.
There are various stages of mess. Some days, the mess is small enough that I’d still invite strangers in. Other days, only the best of friends (with the lowest of cleanliness standards) would make the cut. There are toys on every surface, no matter how many times I cull the collection. Clothes are often heaped on furniture, rather than hung in closets. There’s a good chance at least one meal’s worth of dishes is scattered around the kitchen—and the remnants of that meal are stuck to the table, chairs, and floor. So when a kids’ product declares itself to be “mess free,” I’m all in, baby.
SavvyMom recently gave our family of messy kids (and adults, too, to be honest) a chance to test out some of Crayola’s Mess Free products, which are billed as being “mess free”; if anyone can test the label ‘mess free,’ it’s our three hooligans. We’ve got a five year old who loves to draw, and twin three-year-old boys who follow her lead. That includes writing on walls, tables, couches, and themselves. Markers and paints that only write on special paper were made for families like ours!
I’m totally in love with the funky finger paint set. That massive blue hand with the rainbow colours is so fun! It’s going to become my new go-to gift when I need something for a toddler. Our eldest said the gels felt sticky, but I don’t think littler fingers would complain. She loved seeing the clear streaks she made on the page brighten into a colourful creation. To be honest, this was one of my favourites to play with—the kind of kid toy that you find yourself playing with long after they’ve lost interest (or is it just me that does that?).
The colouring pads, featuring all kinds of favourite characters from Paw Patrol, Ninja Turtles, and Frozen, were a huge hit. We’ve actually purchased these sets before as gifts, but hadn’t yet tried them out ourselves. The best was seeing our son’s reaction to the colour appearing and then exclaiming “Mommy, there are surprises under here!” when the hidden elements were revealed. While the five-year-old felt her creativity was being stifled, the scribblers in the family got a confidence boost when their colouring efforts created a finished product more like their big sisters. She got the most fun out of using the Color Wonder Markers with the special paper—and no more of our walls, windowsills, or coffee tables were injured in the testing process.
As a mom with three kids in school and preschool, I’m always on the lookout for economical birthday gifts that I’m sure will be a hit with little friends and their parents. Color Wonder mess free colouring kits are my new go-to! I know I appreciate any gift that cuts down on the mess in this house, so a crafty option that does not include glitter, glue, or markers that can redecorate our walls is golden. I’ve already got my hands full cleaning up the random building blocks, tiny figurines, and cheap plastic bits all over my house—I don’t need any more housework from stray creative pursuits on my to-do list. I want to invite you in for coffee without wondering what scrawled messages you’ll find on the walls. Color Wonder Markers make that goal just a tiny bit more attainable.
Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by Crayola Color Wonder but the images and opinions are my own.