This item was sent to my for review by Chalkola
I never knew chalk markers existed until Chalkola asked me to try their's out. Just in case you haven't heard of them either, chalk markers/pens are meant to give your art projects the look of chalk WITHOUT the dusty mess.
These are seriously cool. My kids LOVED them and have begged me to use them every. single. day. since we first tested them.
Here are some details about these chalk markers:
- They are literally chalk, just in liquid form!
- You can use them on NON-POROUS surfaces (white boards, chalk boards, glass, paper, labels, things like that)
- They are water-based
- They will dry and the ink will only be removed when you're ready for it to be removed.
- They EASILY wipe clean with a damp cloth
- They are meant for children 3 and over (I let my 4 year old son and 2 [she will be 3 next month] year old daughter test them. I stood right over them, so I had no safety concerns at all.)
I received three items to test:
- The pack of 8 neon color pens with 15mm - 3 in 1 nib & 28g ink (Retail for $19.95)
- 3.2"x2" chalkboard labels in 7 fancy designs (Retail for $6.95)
markers on a hard surface to activate the ink.
We used them on white boards. My kids love
to write on white boards, so they were happy.
Once the ink was activated, they were really easy for the kids to write with. But there was a little PROBLEM - they splash.
They splash everywhere. Especially with excited kids who love shake things. We had chalk ink everywhere - on the table top, on the floor, on the chairs, all over their clothes. It was a mess. The saving grace was that this ink wipes up SUPER EASY with just a damp cloth.
Splatter on the table
My son's hand afterward
My daughter's hand afterward
My son's shirt and arm after
working with the 15mm marker
So, they are definitely not the neatest markers I've ever allowed my kids to use. But like I said, they wipe up really really easily, so it wasn't that big of a deal. The ink also washed right out of their clothes.
After we cleaned up a bit, we tried the 6mm markers on the fancy labels.
We didn't spend too much time on this since the kids had no interest in writing anything. They just wanted to scribble. No big deal. But we tried it out, and the markers work nicely on the labels. They leave a good vibrant color. You just have to be careful no to shake the marker too much otherwise it could drop or splatter and mess up the label.
This is what the labels look like. Super cute designs!
As you can see, they just wanted to
scribble, so we stopped this pretty quickly.
These markers can be a bit messy, especially for little kids. But once they are dry, they are DRY. You can't rub the ink off, even on the white board. Whatever you create with them will stay in tact until you use water to remove it. My son was so excited because he drew a picture and it lasted for DAYS. The only reason we ended up erasing it was because my daughter used a brown dry-erase marker and drew all over it. He was really, really upset.
He told me what this animal was, but I don't remember. Probably a tiger since he LOVES pretending he's a tiger these days LOL!
But like I said, this drawing lasted for days.
So all in all, I really like these markers!!! And so do my kids. They keep asking for me. I've had to move them out of their reach because they kept trying to sneak them out of the craft drawers to use!!! I just don't feel like cleaning up the mess. But I told them that come summer time, we can take them outside with the white boards and they can use them whenever they want to.
I know the recommended age is 3+, but if your kids are like mine, I'd hold off until they are older. Unless you don't mind cleaning up ink splatter. But for an older child and especially for an adult, these would be GREAT for any art project on any non-porous surface.
If you want to try them out for yourself, I added links above to each item. And if I know you, you can just come to my house to try them out! LOL!
Until next time,