Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Try it Tuesday & Review {My First Crayola Giveaway}


Hey everyone! It is another wonderful week of
"Try it Tuesday & Review."

I had the special opportunity of reviewing



What is Crayola all about?

"When you ignite the spark of creativity early in life, children go on to do magnificent things! The dots and dashes, squiggles and colorful, random marks young children make are the seeds of creativity -- a skill that’s essential for success in school and in jobs of the future. Creativity matters and Crayola can help your little one develop and express that skill from an early age.

When you encourage your children to grow and develop through their first art experiences, some very important developmental milestones happen. Large and fine motor skills like hand-eye coordination begin to develop, as well as self-confidence and early literacy skills. As significant as their first words, a child’s first scribbles represent the beginning of their journey for symbolic communication that’s needed to develop reading and writing skills. 

When children discover that they can make a mark, their desire to create is unleashed. And that’s where the fun and joyful moments begin for parent and child. Crayola wants all children to be creatively alive and so they’re helping parents begin the journey with a new line of products called My First Crayola™.
The My First Crayola line includes specially designed art supplies and activities for children as young as 12 months and features three inspiring ways through which little hands can create - with art tools, mess-free activities and creative activities that feature dry-erase crayons and music."

Here are a few tips from Crayola...

Tips on How to Celebrate Your Child’s First Scribbles
The first colorful mark your child creates is a milestone to be celebrated! Crayola’s child development expert Cheri Sterman offers tips on how to use wonderful, together-time moments to encourage a child’s development and sense of discovery.
  • Build their vocabulary. Not sure what to say about the page of dots or dashes your child created? Describe the colors and shapes you see to help your child add new words to their vocabulary.
  • Tell me about your picture? Children’s drawings are their first communication well before they can read and write. Ask your child to tell you about the drawing they create. That blue blob you’re looking at may be a puppy, an elephant or a tiger. It’s OK for the same blue blob to mean something different tomorrow. Resist the urge to tell your child what you see and listen to their interpretation.
  • Focus on the process. Pudding paintings and rhythmically dotting colors on paper are part of the important journey to eventually creating more recognizable drawings. Emphasize the enjoyment of the process more than the end result. The actual work is not as important as the joy your child felt when creating it.
  • Creative confidence. As your child grows into the toddler years, and their scribbles take shape creative confidence begins to bloom. One of the best responses to your child’s artwork is, “Let’s hang it on the refrigerator together.” 
Check out some of the products in the new My First Crayola™ line!


Art Tools


My First Crayola™ Washable Crayons, Markers and Stampers are designed to fit neatly in a toddler’s palm, and are just the right size and shape for a child to create their first artistic expression. For children age 12 mos +.



Triangular Crayons & Washable Markers
My First Crayola™ art tools progress from easy-to-grasp washable crayons, marker holders and stampers, to triangular shaped crayons that guide a child’s hand into a proper writing grip. The shape also makes it easier for little ones to draw in a more purposeful and controlled way. For children age 24 mos +.

Mess-Free Activities
Toddlers can have clean, colorful and creative fun with My First Crayola Mess-Free Marker & Paper and My First Crayola™ Mess-Free Fingerpaint and Paper. When used on magic mess-free paper, special markers and fingerpaints instantly reveal colorful patterns with no mess on skin, walls or fabric. Mess-Free Marker & Paper is recommended for children age 12 mos. + and Mess-Free Finger Paint for children 24 mos. +.




With the My First Crayola Mess-Free2-in-1 Doodle Board, little ones can enjoy twice the fun without all the mess. With no ink, paint or paper required, the double-sided board allows for reusability and endless creative doodling. The “water drawing” surface magically reveals bold colors, providing little ones with lots of space to create with the refillable water pen. Flip it over to the sealed gel painting surface and children will get the feel of finger painting, but without the paint and the mess. For children age 24 mos +.

Creative Activities
My First Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat is perfect for colorful on-the-go creativity. It features 12 activities that slide into place on the mat so little ones can draw, erase and draw again using washable My First Crayola Washable Triangular Dry-Erase Crayons. The crayons’ triangular shape guides little fingers into a writing grip, so toddlers can more easily trace and create broad sweeps of color. The mat folds up easily and features convenient carrying handles and built-in storage. For children age 24 mos +.


Your child will be captivated with surprising sounds while creating adorable farm-themed artwork with the My First Crayola Washable Musical Rub-Art Station! Select one of the dual-sided rubbing plates, place it in the frame with paper and then watch your toddler create a scene with the character rubbing tool. The crayon rubbing activates music and animal sounds for toddlers to enjoy while they create. For children age 24 mos +.


For more clean and creative fun, bring home My First Crayola Bath Crayons and Canvas and transform your bathtub into an art studio. The cute character-shaped, bath crayons are designed for little ones to easily grasp in their palm. Watch their creativity flow as your little one draws on the two-sided canvas. The canvas adheres to the tub wall and rinses clean for use again and again, with one side featuring a cute design to be filled in with color and the other, blank for free scribbling. Two crayon refills come with each set For children age 12 mos +.

What was my experience with My First Crayola tools?


When the package arrived, Eli and I were thrilled to open it. We were pretty spoiled! There were so many fun products to get our little fingers on. We were ready to play and create. Here is what we received...


I decided that it would be fun to share our new products with our friends, Emily and Jaymeson. Of course, it was hard to wait so we took out the My First Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat. The Dry-Erase Activity Mat was easy to use and perfect for my little guy. It included four washable crayons and 12 pages to color, erase and color again. Eli was used to coloring the page so I had to explain to him the rules, "There are no rules! Be creative and have fun." Here are a few photos of Eli:


He was so excited!


Yesterday, we went over to Emily and Jaymeson's home to play. Emily had some Crayola washable paints so we had fun exploring. This was Eli's first time with paint so you could imagine the messes. Mommy to the rescue!



Jaymeson loved the My First Crayola™ Washable Stampers. I loved how easy they were to use.



Overall, the products were perfect for our little guys. Thank goodness they were washable because Eli got real messy. I absolutely love My First Crayola and appreciate them for sharing their wisdom on how we as parents may "ignite the spark of creativity early in life." Thanks Crayola!

Are you excited about My First Crayola? Well, one of my lucky readers will win...

My First Crayola gift pack 
which includes...

My First Crayola™ Washable Crayons
My First Crayola™ Washable Markers
My First Crayola™ Washable Stampers
My First Crayola™ Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat
One specially marked box of original Cheerios® cereal

How to enter the giveaway?
(Please leave your email address with one of your entries)

Mandatory
-Be or become a follower of Sweetly Made (Just for you)

Additional Entries
-Like Crayola on Facebook
-Follow Crayola on twitter
-Leave a comment with your thoughts on which My First Crayola products you're most excited to try.
-Leave a comment on why you believe creativity matters.
-Watch My First Crayola Commercial on YouTube (You will find the video below).

Check out this wonderful and inspiring "My First Crayola" TV commercial. It is a sweet 30 second video.



The giveaway will go till May 15th and I will announce the winner on May 16th. The winner will be chosen by random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or I will choose a new winner. Please leave an email address with one of your entries. Thank you for your support! I appreciate all of you. 

Special Offer
Crayola and Cheerios® cereal are offering up to $5.00 in coupon savings on My First Crayola™ products, so you can enjoy a little colorful fun at the breakfast table! Look for My First Crayola™ on original Cheerios cereal boxes. 

“Disclosure: The information, products, coupon, video and additional My First Crayola™ gift pack was provided by Crayola® and Cheerios through MyBlogSpark.”

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106 comments:

  1. I am already following your blog!

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  2. I would love to try the dry erase mat!

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  3. I follow your blog! bearrabbitbear at hotmail dot com

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  4. I'm way excited to try the activity mat! bearrabbitbear at hotmail dot com

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  5. Creativity matters because it helps to grow our little one's mind power!! bearrabbitbear at hotmail dot com

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  6. I watched the video! bearrabbitbear at hotmail dot com

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  7. gfc eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  8. I'm most excited for washable markers.

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  9. I follow your blog
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  10. Like Crayola on Facebook as ethel o.
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  11. Follow Crayola on twitter as luv_to_save
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  40. I will have to try the mess-free markers. My bigger kids love Color Wonder!

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  41. Creativity matters because it allows children a safe way to make their own choices and express themselves.

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  42. I follow via GFC

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  43. I like crayola on fb

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  44. I follow crayola on twitter as jess_alora

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  45. i already follow you via gfc. thanks for the great giveaway!

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  46. i like crayola on fb

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  47. i'm excited about the My First Crayola™ Washable Crayons for my niece!

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  48. I follow on GFC.
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  49. I follow them on FACEBOOK.
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  50. I follow them on TWITTER.
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  51. Most excited to try: My First Crayola™ Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat

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  52. GFC follower
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  53. GFC follower
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  54. I Like Crayola on Facebook
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  55. I Follow Crayola on twitter
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  56. I am most excited to try the My First Crayola Crayons! I think these are so adorable and I love how big they are for the little ones hands. I think Carter would love these as he is just starting to learn to color!
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  57. Oh Creativity matters I think cause it allows the little ones to have fun coloring and helps them to learn to be creative thru drawing. Carter is just learning to start to draw lines...and Its so fun to watch him get so excited when I try to draw something he loves...like Elmo! haha
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  58. I watched the video.
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  59. Most excited to try: My First Crayola™ Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat

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  60. I liked crayola on FB

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  61. I watched video :)


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  62. I'm already a follower of your blog on gfc! brightbird@gmail.com

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  63. I'm following crayola on twitter under @brightbirdsoap

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  64. I've been following you via gfc. Love the giveaway! Thanks for linking up at Market Your Biz and Giveaways :)

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  65. I follow you in GFC.

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  66. I like Crayola on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

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  67. I follow Crayola on Twitter (@mami2jcn)

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  68. I'm most excited to try the Washable Stampers.

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  69. Creativity matters because it allows children to think outside the box.

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  70. I watched the commercial.

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  71. GFC follower- Jamie Brigham *GFC Name*

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  72. Facebook Fan of Crayola

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  73. Twitter Follower of Crayola- @cinderella10383

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  74. I would love to try the crayons or Fingerpaint

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  75. I believe creativity matters because without creativity we wouldn't have architects, artists, photographers or anything else along those lines. What a sad world we would have without creativity

    Jamie Brigham
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  76. I watched the video and love the little animal stamp thing too, That little girl is so precious, sitting there making pictures

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  77. GFC follower - Rochel Sid

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  78. I Like Crayola on Facebook
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  79. I Follow Crayola on twitter (@lake12)
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  80. I watched the video :)

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  81. Would looove to try the My First Crayola™ Mess-Free Fingerpaint and Paper!

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  82. Creativity matters because it encourages kids to come up with original ideas and things!
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  83. I love all your products it's hard to just pick one
    i watched the video
    i liked you on fb name is jamie tobias
    also on twitter @jamie tobias

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  84. follower of Sweetly Made
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  85. Like Crayola on Facebook
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  86. Follow Crayola on twitter

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  87. my grandson would like the My First Crayola™ Washable Stampers

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  88. I am following Crayola on facebook!

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  89. I am following Crayola on twitter!

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  90. I am most excited about the washable markers!

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  91. Creativity matters because without exploring and allowing kids to be creative, we might be shutting them down on expressing their ideas!

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  92. I follow via GFC

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  93. I'm most excited for the Washable Triangular Crayons

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  94. I watched the video...very cute :)

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