Jun 182016
 

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Just like probably every other child in Australia our tribe is terribly excited to go to the cinema and see the long-awaited movie Finding Dory which finally hit the big screen this week. I myself would love to see it too but am not that keen on long line-ups or packed movie theatres, so we might hold off on the cinema for a little while.

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Don’t worry, until the crowds die down kids can enjoy plenty of underwater fun with the exclusive Finding Dory range by Crayola:

Crayola Color & StickerThe new Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color & Sticker Book (RRP $4.99, ages 3+) is the perfect pick for Disney fans of all ages (Yes, even the youngest of the family!). With 16 sturdy, double-sided colouring pages (32 images) and more than 50 cute Finding Dory stickers there is plenty of creative fun to go around, even for our big family. The loose pages and 4 individual sticker sheets make sharing super easy, everyone can colour their favourite Finding Dory characters and decorate them to their liking.

Crayola ChalkLet’s hope there will be a few dry hours this weekend for our little artists to get outside with this awesome Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color Your Heroes Sidewalk Chalk (RRP $7.99, Ages 4+). The pack contains 8 large pieces of coloured chalk and on the back of the pack it shows kids how to draw Dory in just 6 simple steps. That’s right, you could find Dory on your doorstep in no-time! My kids have had a quick try on normal paper already and their Dory creations turned out ador(y)able.

Crayola Color WonderIf you are a longtime Hip Little One reader you know by now how much we love Crayola’s ‘Mess Free’ entertainment. The magical Color Wonder markers only work on special Color Wonder paper, keeping clothing, skin, furniture and walls squeaky clean (and saving my sanity). It’s great to see that Dory and her underwater buddies have splashed their way into the Color Wonder range too and I think the Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color Wonder (RRP $13.99, ages 3+) set will be a very popular buy these school holidays.

Each Color Wonder set includes 18 Color Wonder colouring pages and 5 special markers in assorted colours that match the theme. To make Dory look her very best this cool pack comes with the typical Dory blue and yellow, orange for Nemo and two other cheerful colours to create an amazing underwater scene.

You can find these and other Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ products at major leading retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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May 282016
 

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Yippee, with exactly three months to go until our European holiday the countdown is finally on! By now we know what to bring to survive a very long plane trip with young children so I have started filling their backpacks with little bits and pieces already. To add to the excitement I wrap some of the items in pretty paper and of course I keep the contents a secret until the plane has taken off…

Crayola Paw Patrol

A new colouring book is always an excellent boredom buster and Crayola happens to have some ‘PAWesome’ new arrivals my kids will love:

Paw Patrol Color WonderWith this clever PAW Patrol Color Wonder (RRP $13.99) set you don’t have to worry about your budding artists leaving their colourful mark on the plane seat, fold-out tray, their outfits or even their own skin. Like magic the included Mess Free Markers only colour on the special Color Wonder paper, keeping the colour exactly where you want it. With 5 different markers and 18 colouring pages featuring the furry PAW Patrol friends there is plenty of decorating to be done.

On our last holiday we gave each child his/her own Color Wonder pack which worked a treat, together we had a rainbow of coloured markers and they could swap colouring pages to keep things interesting. Color Wonder is such a fabulous idea, enjoyable and intriguing for the kids and mess (and sanity) saving for mum!

Paw Patrol My First CrayolaEven the smallest puppy lovers can join the fun with PAW Patrol Color & Shapes Sticker Activities (RRP $4.99), part of the toddler-friendly My First Crayola range. This well-priced activity book is designed for ages 12 months+ and uses adorable PAW Patrol stickers to help young children practise shapes and colours through play. It is also an excellent tool for parents to work on fine motor skills with their child in a refreshing way, and the best part is that you can do it anytime and anywhere.

Crayola Paw Patrol GCPDue to their generous measurements (32 x 49cm) the PAW Patrol Giant Coloring Pages (RRP $8.49) are more of an at-home activity than an on-the-go entertainment, they’re absolutely huge in size and big in fun too. Decorating these large pictures of Chase, Marshall, Rocky and the rest of the PAW Patrol gang will keep the kids busy for ages. Once done why not stick them on your bedroom door or wall and turn them into your own unique PAW Patrol poster?

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Apr 212016
 

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With the school holidays now in full swing the kids are spending hours on end at the kitchen table with markers, crayons, pencils and a huge stack of paper. But they are not the only who enjoy a bit of colour therapy, I am quite loving the relaxation myself too. The art and craft experts at Crayola believe that colouring in is great entertainment for all ages, which is why they have expanded their range with a special collection just for grown-ups:

Crayola Colouring

The Crayola ‘Adult Colouring’ Range is designed specifically for creative adults with premium fine-line markers and pencils in a rainbow of beautiful colours. I am secretly hoping hubby reads this hint and surprises me with a lovely stash for Mother’s Day…

Crayola Coloured PencilsIf you love soft shades and the ability to control the depth of your colour the Crayola Adult Coloring Colored Pencils (RRP $19.99, 50 pack) are your perfect pick. A light touch will give you a lighter colour which you can darken by adding layers or shadows, there is so much room for variety. With 50 different colours per pack the options are endless, seeing all these pretty pencils laid out is a joy for the senses.

Crayola Fine Line Markers ClassicOn the other hand, if you like the solid look of a deep, warm felt tip marker you will certainly enjoy the Crayola Adult Coloring Fine Line Markers (RRP $7.99, 12-pack). Thanks to their fine tip you can pull off thin lines and tiny details with great precision, staying in the lines is easy with this colourful bunch. I have to admit I am usually more a pencil-lover but these vibrant markers really are amazing to work with.

Crayola Fine Line Markers ContemporaryThe fine line markers are available in two different colour ways: the Classic Colors 12-pack is filled with bold, traditional shades and the Contemporary Colors 12-pack contains a slightly softer, modern colour palette. Now if only I had a cleaner and a cook to take care of my household so I could spend a few hours dreaming away above my new colouring book…sounds like bliss to me!

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Mar 202016
 

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Being the preparation-princess that I am slowly starting to work on the kids’ backpacks for our holiday later in the year. Spending almost 24 hours on planes and airports (one way) our little travellers will need to come packed with entertainment that is big in fun yet small in size AND weight.

Crayola Syb

For the little two I have already popped a few Crayola goodies in their luggage. By the time we go on holiday they will be 1 and 3 years old which is the perfect age for the My First Crayola range:

Palm Grip CrayonAlthough she is still a bit too small for arts and crafts right now I can imagine Harriet will want to copy her older siblings soon enough. The My First Crayola Palm-Grip Crayons (RRP $9.49, 3-pack) are designed for the hands of tiny little artists aged just 12 months and older. The unique egg shape of these brightly coloured Palm-Grip Crayons makes them easy to hold and allows children to colour from every angle.

My First Color and Sticker BookWith 24 pages and 40 stickers the My First Crayola Color & Sticker Book (RRP $3.99) offers excellent value for money. Between the colouring pages and stickers there is lots of designing and storytelling to be done, so it’s perfect for keeping busy bees entertained in the car or waiting room. There are three different books to choose from: At the Farm, Under the Sea and Just Hatched.

Crayola Easy-Grip CrayonsWe’ve been using the My First Crayola Easy-Grip Triangular Crayons (RRP $6.29, 8-pack) at home for quite some time and I find they are a great tool to teach children how to correctly hold a pen or pencil. Even though she is only three Sybil has really mastered the correct writing grip and her drawings are very precise which will be a great preparation for kindy and primary school.

Crayola Washable MarkersAs precise as Sybbie is about drawing on paper, she is just as detailed when decorating our walls or applying ‘body art’, something I am not too keen on. The My First Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers (RRP $8.49, 8-pack) can be washed off walls, furniture and clothing so they’re a real sanity saver. The rounded, ball-shaped tip is a sturdy, durable choice for toddlers who press a tad too hard when colouring as it can not be crushed (or peeled off by inquisitive little hands).

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Jan 222016
 

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Backpack, uniform, lunchbox, drink bottle, pencil case… we’re slowly getting back-to-school ready here at Hip Little One HQ. This year we’ll have three little students at primary school, a big change for all!

Crayola Back to School

Of course our stationery cupboard needed a bit of a restock too in preparation for all the homework, craft and special projects the kids will be making this year. Check out Crayola‘s biggest Back to School must haves:

Crayola Twistables CrayonsIf you thought crayons are just for toddlers think again. Crayola Twistables Crayons (RRP $8.99, 12-pack) are making crayons cool again with a funky twistable design: they draw like crayons in thick, warm colours, they feel slim and solid like a pen and can be twisted up instead of sharpened, how easy is that and completely mess-free! The twins have been using Twistables in class and think they are awesome.

Crayola Colored PencilsA good pack of pencils in the most popular colours is a must for little students. Crayola Colored Pencils (RRP $5.99, 12-pack) are high-quality, durable and come pre-sharpened so they are colour-ready straight away. There is enough variety in colours to create a beautiful piece of art and at the same time they easily fit in a standard pencil case with room to spare for a few pens and an eraser.

Crayola SuperTipsIf you do want to go all out colour wise you’ll be spoilt for choice with this huge pack of Crayola Washable SuperTips Markers (RRP $10.99, 20-pack). This is such a great value pack and being both washable and non-toxic they are perfect for young artists too. The start of the school year is a perfect time to finally throw out all the old, dried out textas and replace them with these bright, vibrant markers, without breaking the bank.

Crayola Blunt Tip ScissorsWhile I prefer plastic scissors for miss almost-3 (the idea of damaged fingers and DIY haircuts doesn’t appeal to me) the older kids are very comfortable and capable of cutting with these Crayola Blunt Tip Scissors (RRP $5.49). They are that little bit sharper for thick paper and cardboard and easy to hold with room for multiple fingers for more precise cutting of homework. They are also suitable for left and right handed people making them ideal for class rooms.

Crayola School GlueI absolutely love a good multi-purpose product, especially if it is as well-priced as the Crayola Washable School Glue (RRP $2.75, 118ml). Paper, cardboard, fabric and even wood, we’ve used an entire bottle of school glue over the school holidays and it works a treat. Initially the glue is white so kids can see where they have applied glue and which spots they have missed, but it dries clear for a neat end result. Bonus: The bottle lid clicks onto the bottle so you won’t lose it, how clever!

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Dec 052015
 

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Christmas Countdown – Day 5

Even though baby Harriet is two months old already, her feeds still take at least 30 minutes and that every 2-3 hours… This is not so much a problem for me, but it does mean I need to keep the other kids entertained (and well behaved) while I am feeding Harriet. After hearing ‘Sybbie is drawing on the wall’, ‘Sybbie has marker on her face’ and ‘Syb is colouring on the table/clothes/a random sibling’ a few too many times I have put away our regular markers and swapped them for the fabulous Color Wonder products from Crayola:

Color Wonder Light Up Stamper

The Color Wonder range is rather magical and absolutely sanity saving: there is no mess, no stains and colours only show up on special Color Wonder paper, so awesome!

If you love Color Wonder too you are sure to enjoy the brand new Color Wonder Light Up Stamper (RRP $39.99, ages 3+), a fabulous mix of Color Wonder creations, stamping fun and light-up magic. This cool pack consists of a Color Wonder Drawing Pad, three Color Wonder markers and a special Stamp Station that holds the three coloured stamp pads and ten cute stamps.

Color Wonder Stamper

Our girls were very intrigued by the Light Up Stamper and I have to admit, it is so simple to use yet so much fun. All it takes is three simple steps: Pick & Click (choose one of the ocean-themed stamps and snap it onto the stamper), ‘Ink‘ it (by pressing it onto the stamp pad of your choice) and Stamp it onto your drawing pad to reveal the picture, quick and easy.

Color Wonder Light Up Stamper

The stamp pads are completely colourless (no little hands covered in ink) and therefore mess free but somehow the super clever stamper will recognise which colour ink you have chosen and the handle will light up in the matching colour, now’s that pure magic. Using the Color Wonder markers little artists can further decorate their creations and add to the scene. The Light Up Stamper works on 3AA batteries, not included.

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Sep 262015
 

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With three older, and very crafty, siblings it is no surprise that miss Sybbie is turning into quite the artist too. As soon as she gets her little hands on a scrap of paper and something that writes she is in her element. I have to say that while I appreciate her art I do not always agree with her choice of location (walls, couches and clothing are a hot favourite!). Her latest obsession is cutting with scissors, which luckily is completely safe with these colourful clippers from Crayola:

The extensive My First Crayola range has been specifically designed for the youngest of artists. My First Crayola products are the perfect size for small hands and of course totally safe, allowing kids to explore and create without worry.

My First Crayola Safety ScissorsThe My First Crayola Safety Scissors (RRP $5.79, 36 months+) are the perfect starting point for inquisitive toddlers who are working on their fine motor skills. The brightly coloured scissors are great for cutting paper yet completely safe for little fingers and even hair (thankfully, miss Sybbie tried the home haircut but didn’t succeed!). With three different patterns per pack, straight, zigzag and wavy, there is plenty of cutting fun to be had.

My First Crayola Jumbo CrayonsWhen you have children of different ages it can be a little tricky to pick the right toys. The big kids love using markers but Sybil tends to use them as food or to get in trouble and I had more than enough of taking them away over and over again. I found the My First Crayola Jumbo Crayons (RRP $9.49, 24 months+) keep everyone happy, they’re non-toxic, easy to hold, bright in colour and chunky and strong in case of accidental drops.

My First Crayola Easy-Grip Coloured PencilsNormally I stay clear from pencils for our youngest kids because they are too slim to hold properly and rather breakable, but these clever My First Crayola Easy-Grip Coloured Pencils (RRP $6.99, 36 months+) are neither of those. The unique triangular shape encourage proper gripping (and it stops the pencils rolling off the table) and the extra thick 4mm lead makes them much stronger. You’ve got to love a company that truly understands its (young) customers!

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the entire My First Crayola range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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