Read my #review to see how Crayon Rocks unique shape improves your child’s #handwriting skills!

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1794686_599071943522145_6759167509847908192_nCompany Bio: Crayon Rocks were developed by Barbara Lee, a special needs teacher who worked with elementary aged children for 23 years. She invented Crayon Rocks after being inspired by occupational therapist Jan Olsen and her Handwriting Without Tears program. She learned from Mrs. Olsen how important it was for children to develop a strong tripod grip early in their education process — handwriting skills depend upon this. Seeing that a simple tool to develop these skills in young children wasn’t readily available, Ms. Lee set out to develop one.

Product Details: The Valentine Gift Bag contains nineteen colors, the 16 summer colors and an extra red, pink and white, all tucked into a red organza bag with the Hearts tag. Packed in a kraft box in red heart tissue paper. Lasts longer than candy and isn’t fattening.

MSRP: $9.25

Personal Experience: I am always on the lookout for new creative outlets and unique educational products for Xander. I recently stumbled across a company called Crayon Rocks. They make a uniquely-shaped crayon in a variety of colorful sets. They provided me with the Valentine Gift Bag in exchange for my honest review.

I was immediately impressed by the care that went into sending a lovely package. If you’ve been reading my reviews for awhile you know I’m a sucker for great packaging. It felt like a little gift had arrived in the mail. They had every little detail down to heart-patterned tissue and a little red gingham pouch. Too adorable!

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Naturally, Xander was very curious. I had told him the package was for him, after all. The look of confusion on his face when I told him they were crayons was priceless! He wouldn’t believe me until I drew a heart on his paper. His eyes lit up and he grabbed a crayon and started creating. He’s been drawing with them several times a day since they arrived. They have really inspired him to create lots of lovely drawings!

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I learned from my own drawing with the Crayon Rocks, and from watching Xander, that their shape causes you to intuitively grab them in a particular way. This grip is the tripod grip that becomes so essential to developing handwriting skills later on. I could definitely see this being a great tool for preschool-age and special needs children. The crayons are easy to hold and feel almost soothing in the hand.

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The crayons draw very smoothly and evenly. The colors look a bit dull in the crayons, but come out vibrant on the page. The color palette in the Valentine Gift Bag provides a great selection of the basic rainbow of colors, along with varying shades and a few skin tones. It’s a very complete set of crayons in one little pouch. They also offer many other combinations and sets on their site, including a Just Rocks in a Box set for classrooms and daycares… or busy families!

I overall preferred them to that well-known brand in the yellow boxes. In fact, for me, I’d have a hard time going back! They are a bit higher in price than traditional crayons, but the quality and benefits balance that out. I need to give this one a well-deserved five-star rating!

Pros: Unique shape that improves tripod grip. Vibrant colors. Fun gift packs including party favors!

Cons: Higher cost than traditional crayons.

Overall Rating

star5

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17 Comments

  1. What an excellent Product. I need to get some of these for my geandson.

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    • I bet he would love them. It would be a great gift!

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  2. These would be great to have on hand for when the grandchildren come to visit. Because I have 2 that are toddlers yet. Love the bright colors and know that,that also gets the children’s attention. I like the little bag they come in too. Not like having the little ones cleaning up, and trying to shove crayons back in a box and breaking them all at there age.

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    • The bag definitely makes cleanup much faster!

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  3. My nephews would just adore these. Great review, great product, hopefully I can get some for Cris birthday!

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  4. This is such a cute idea! I also love that they won’t break into little pieces like thin crayons!

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  5. I love the design of these Crayons! I think they’d be perfect for colorers of all ages! I remember how upsetting it can be when a crayon tip breaks…not gonna happen with these :)

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    • That really is one of the best parts and I forgot to mention it in my review!

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  6. When I first looked at these crayons I thought….I wonder if my granddaughter would try and eat them! However, she is at an age where she tries to eat everything anyway! haha So as long as we sit with her while she is coloring, it shouldn’t be a problem. I am very intrigued by these! I would love to get them for my granddaughter. I love that it would help her with the correct grip! That certainly couldn’t hurt! Thank you for this review! I had no idea that these awesome crayons were out there.

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  7. This is a very impressive crayon. To help with the tripod holding to better assist children must be a big plus. Anything that helps children has to be good.

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  8. I think these are cool. I bet they are good for fine coordination too.

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  9. What a great idea.this is going to be great for all the kids,and maybe even adults.thanks for sharing.

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  10. I like that this product improves the tripod grip in children

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  11. I love these, they aren’t just for very little kids either. they are great for coloring in skies and large areas.

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  12. What an awesome idea for a crayon and fun too, my grandson would love these, thanks for this giveaway!

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