It used to be that we stocked up on crayons when they’re on sale for 2/$1 during the back to school season – but I throw out so many crayons through the year. I toss crayons in the trash that break. I toss crayons in the trash that have been worn out after the first go around. I vacuum crayons (to the dismay of Jamie, who takes apart the vacuum to fish them out) and at the end of the day, we’re left with half of the package of Crayola crayons – and money, literally, in the trash.
Until a couple of years ago. We started buying crayons that last longer. Rather than being made with wax, Melissa and Doug crayons are made with plastic. That means they’re going to be more durable, they’re going to last longer, and the crayon smoother.
They don’t break. Often, when I’m coloring with the traditional crayons for the kids, I break a couple the first time using them. That’s no fun. The Melissa and Doug crayons don’t break with regular use, or dropping. You would have to try really hard to break the crayons – and so far, after upwards of ten times of use, the kids haven’t broken them.
The triangle design is a sanity saver too. I don’t know about you, but after I’ve heard the nineteenth crayon roll on to the floor, drop and crack, I question my sanity of why I spent my money buying multiple boxes of crayons on sale – was I sale-blind?
You can often find the packages of Melissa and Doug Crayons on sale for under five bucks. One box of the 24 crayons lasted us the better part of a year with the kids – until we lost a few of them (or I vacuumed them up, sorry Jamie). Now, the kids are playing with the Princess sets they received for Christmas.
Melissa and Doug crayon cases are available in traditional red, pink princess case and blue dump truck themed cases, in jumbo and regular size.
The durable plastic cases, with sections for each of the crayons help the kids to realize when they’ve lost one – encouraging them to look for the crayon before putting the box away.
Trust me, they’ll color you happy.