Some time back, I wrote about the Crayola Mess Free Colour Wonder Finger Paints and both Gavin and I thought they were great. Gavin still enjoys painting Pooh and all his friends with all the wrong colours, although we tend to get through about four or five pages in one sitting (probably the whole book if I would let him).
While I was down in Singapore, I also bought the Crayola Mess Free Colour Wonder which is a learning book with colour wonder markers. This is even more “mess free” than the finger paints – the finger paints have a greasy residue which still needs to be washed off, this one doesn’t.
Anyway, it comes with an interesting activity book and six colour wonder markers. The one I bought is about baby animals, but I’ve seen one about colours and another about fruits. Each page in the book requires your child to colour the picture and answer two questions. The first question, which can be seen in the box at the top left hand corner of the page usually asks what you call a baby version of the animal on the page (in this case, what is a baby owl).
By colouring in the box with a colour wonder marker, the answer is revealed. The second question will ask your child to count something on the page. It could be the number of owls, the number of spots, etc.
Here is Gavin working industriously to colour in every square millimeter of the picture after I told him he couldn’t colour in any more new pages until he “finished” all the ones he started…
Did he enjoy it? You bet. He would have coloured in the whole book that night if I didn’t stop him first. My only gripe is that the “wonder ink” is rather slow to flow and it often appears as thought the markers are “running out”. If you re-cap it and wait a while, it’ll be good to go again. While that works fine for an adult, it is incredibly annoying to a child for whom every second is an eternity.
Regardless, it is still a fun and “cool” activity watching the colours appear as if by magic after colouring the spot with the colour wonder marker. Here is a video showing how it works: