It’s back to school shopping time.
I don’t know what I dread more – back to school shopping or holiday shopping? I think back to school shopping might be worse because you have to compete with people to take advantage of the amazing sales like .5 cent folders and a 10-pack of pencils for .50 cents.
What my family likes to do is take advantage of school supply sales all year long and stock up on the stuff that we’ll need. For example, we’ll always need pens, pencils and paper, so we stock up on those whenever we hit up a great sale. I’ll also purchase more during the year if I find the stuff my kids need at a good price. That way when it comes time for picking up school supplies we already have what we need and there is no need to venture out to the stores.
We also like to reuse things whenever possible. Take for example binders. Binders are expensive. At the end of the school year if my kid’s binders are still in decent shape we save them for the following school year. It doesn’t matter if they are doodled on. As long as they do what they are suppose to do that is fine with us. Why waste money and contribute waste in the landfills if they are still in good condition.
One thing that was always a “must” is a brand new box of Crayola crayons. We always had plenty of used Crayola crayons at home, but we always bough new boxes regardless. There is something magical about a new box of Crayola crayons. Even a an adult I enjoy them. I think it’s because they bring back wonderful memories of my childhood. I can still remember sitting in class opening up a brand new box of Crayola crayons with the perfectly sharpened tips. It was like nirvana! LOL!
Even my husband – as an adult – appreciated a brand new box of Crayola crayons. We were into adult coloring long before it became a trend. We have always found coloring to be relaxing. My husband and I would sit on the floor next to the coffee table and color our hearts out. My husband prefers scenery where as I love to color cute things and animals.
No back to school shopping trip is complete with our Crayola.
Crayola was kind enough to send me a cute metal lunchbox filled with new Crayola products.
The first thing I noticed was the ShopKins crayons and Ultra-Clean Washable Stampers.
I worked with kids grades Kindergarten to sixth grade in the AM last year (before school care) and grades fourth through seventh in the afternoon (after school care). BOTH the AM and PM girls were crazy about ShopKins. The afternoon girls even took the wooden blocks from the Jenga games (we had two Jenga games) and built homes, a school and a shopping center for their ShopKins (much to the dismay of the boys who wanted to play Jenga).
I have a feeling these two products are going to be VERY popular this school year.
As you can see in the above photo with the Crayola ShopKins crayons is that Crayola also put out Finding Dory crayons, as well as Finding Dory products. Finding Dory was a popular film this year. Did you see it? We did and we loved it!
I like that Crayola put popular characters on many of their products.
Crayola sent me a package of their Scented Powerlines Markers. Oh my!!! These smell really good. I was very surprised at how realistic the scents were. I think I’ll spend more time smelling these than using them on my projects. LOL!
Of course nothing beats the classics like a box of 64 Crayola crayons with the built in sharpener (our personal favorite!), colored pencils and markers. In fact, every Christmas for as long as I can remember I have given my husband a brand new box of Crayola 64 count crayons – and we’ve been married almost 20 years, so it’s been a long time.
As someone who works with little children (I’m working with the Kindergarten kids only this year) I highly recommend washable markers and crayons. Washable glue too! ANYTHING washable. LOL!
I plan on using the colored pencils and markers when coloring in my many adult coloring books. My kids will be using them for projects as well.
You can find these and other Crayola products where ever such supplies are sold.
For more information about these and other Crayola products visit Crayola.com. On the Crayola website you can also find coloring pages, craft ideas, lesson plans and more.
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*I received free products to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.