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ALEX Toys Little Hands Farm Finger Crayons
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- Color with your fingertips
- Dog, cat, rooster, pig, sheep and cow-shaped crayons
- As much fun as finger painting but no mess to clean up
- Includes 24 colorful stackable finger crayons with farm character faces
- Recommended for children 2 years of age and older
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ALEX Toys Little Hands Farm Finger Crayons is all the fun of finger painting, without the mess! Draw and color with crayons you wear on your fingertips. Shaped like farm animals, you can also play with them like finger puppets! The faces create a ball at the end of the crayon, which is easy for young children to hold. The set includes 24 colorful, stackable finger crayons with farm character faces: dog, cat, rooster, pig, sheep and cow. Recommended for children 2 years of age and older.
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|Item Dimensions||10 x 1.5 x 10 in||11.02 x 11.02 x 9.05 in||2.8 x 5.1 x 6.5 in||1.5 x 9 x 10.75 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||5.29 ounces||7.84 ounces||4 ounces|
Top Customer Reviews
The little animal faces on these crayons are utterly adorable. There were more 'Oh my gosh, those are so CUTE!!" exclamations from the adults than the kids, and I think the adults got more amusement out of using them as well. The munchkins in the two to four age range liked these because of the easy grip, though we had to take them away from one 18 month old who popped out their pacifier and tried to use one of these crayons as a substitute (so be warned). The older kids (eight and up) thought these made neat looking claws and had fun trying to draw with a crayon on each of their fingers all at once. Seeing that made me wonder if they have something like this but in chalk form. I know they have the Crayola stick that holds a few colors at once to draw with, but I can't recall seeing any sort of finger cap chalk. Anyhoo, the reason for docking a star is that in order to color with these you do have to press down harder than you would normally. The wax isn't as soft as Crayola's, but it also isn't as fragile. These can be stacked, knocked over, rolled around, and still not break. I took off another half star as the colors are on the pastel-y side. No black, brown, white, tan, etc., just different shades of blue, red, green, purple, and yellow.
There are other styles of chunky crayons out there for little hands - triangle, egg shaped, ones that look like rocks, crayons the size of hot dogs, even other finger cap crayons - but these from ALEX are as good of quality as Crayola and come in a package of 24 colors, whereas others usually are only eight or 12. Plus the smiling critters add a cute factor that helps bring a smile to even the faces of hot, grumpy, tired adults.
During a child's early years, learning to hold a pen/pencil/crayon properly is essential. If these were the ONLY coloring tools available to my kids I wonder if it would get in the way of them learning to hold their writing (or coloring) instruments properly. That is why when I have these out I will also be keeping a mix of regular crayons and washable markers out as well. Just so I know they will still be working with coloring utensils that will encourage proper hand placement and that these crayons won't interfere with that development.
Another thing I noticed is these crayons do not color as "richly" as the Crayola crayons they have. The coloring results are more of what you would expect from a cheap, off-brand crayon.
With all of that being said, this really is a cute addition to any coloring/craft set but I wouldn't choose these to be the only crayons my children have access to for the reasons stated above. Hence, the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
The animal faces molded into them is a fun diversion, too. Her older sister likes to stick these on her fingers and pretend to do a little crayon farm animal puppet show, though you have to really be close to the crayons to recognize their shapes. (That doesn't deter our little creative thespian!)
I love that our little one has 24 colors to choose from, since the toddler crayon sets we have been buying are very limited in the colors they offer. The one downside to these, however, is that they require a little more "oomph" to get them to write. Our little Hercules is too busy grabbing the crayon with a vise-like grip to add any downward pressure to the paper, so sometimes she gets a little frustrated with these. They are not as soft or malleable as regular crayons, so they require more pressure to get some good colors to show. (It is almost like they feel like they have some plastic in them, vs. just wax?) Still this is a fantastic set and she loves it!
I was excited at the $3 price (for 10) but opened one pack to test and it's extremely faint. I colored hard with purple and red. See my photos