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October 10, 2014

Crayon Rocks - A New Coloring Tool for Children Review

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I was provided with the mentioned product to help facilitate my review. No other compensation was given for this post. My reviews contain my honest opinion with the product.

An ole' time favorite art tool of young children is still the crayon. A Special Needs teacher has put a twist on the art tool and created Crayon Rocks. They were created to help children with fine motor development. They do not allow for easy fist gripping, which most young children do when they begin using writing tools. They will encourage the "tripod grasp" - thumb, first, and seconds fingers, which will allow fine motor development. 

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One thing that I love about crayon rocks is that since they don't allow for fist grasping, I don't have to worry too much about crayons getting broke. My 6 year old tends to squeeze too hard or press too hard, which causes crayons to break. She does hold crayons and other writing tools with the "tripod grasp" most of the time but the Crayon Rocks will improve her skills. Although they are not ideal for coloring books, it will be easier for her to create drawings with wider and larger strokes. It will also keep her from getting upset when she breaks a crayon. 

I believe that Crayon Rocks could also be useful to adult artists. Adults can easily pincer grasp them and create beautiful art. They would be perfect for shading and coloring wide sections - much easier compared to using stick crayons. 

Crayon Rocks are made from US grown Kosher soy wax; unlike many other crayons. This wax is combined with natural mineral pigments which allows for easy application and smooth blending. It also means they are non-toxic and eco-friendly. They were first being made in a garage in California but they upgraded to a barn in an Amish country, located in Kentucky. 

Even though Crayon Rocks are non-toxic, they are small enough (1.5 inch x .75 inch x .75 inch) to pose a choking hazard to  very small children. They are not recommended for children under 3 years.  

You can purchase Crayon Rocks online by visiting their storefront. They have several options to choose from - 
16 summer colors in a small muslin drawstring bag ($8.95)
16 rocks in a small red velvet drawstring bag ($8.95)
8 rocks in a small blue velvet drawstring bag ($4.75)
8 rocks in a small muslin drawstring bag ($4.75)
8 spring colors in a small green Organza drawstring bag ($4.75)
Just Rocks in a Box ($29.95) 

You can connect with Crayon Rocks on Facebook

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