Crayola Color Fillz Review

11 Jan

90% of the time, before we purchase our children toys or presents, I go online and do a search for reviews of the product. You have no idea how many times we’ve purchased a present or toy for our children only to find out that it was complete crap. So I’ve decided that every Monday I would review some of the toys that we get or have had so that other parents can make sure that they get toys that are worth getting.

For the first review, how about Crayola Color Fillz!

Crayola Color Fillz is a product that was designed to allow children to make their own piece of mosaic art. This gives parents the perfect time to explain to children what a mosaic is – and if your children are like mine, expect so many questions that you eventually have to turn to Google Images to show them exactly what you’re talking about.

The kids got Color Fillz from their Aunt and Uncle, and they were one of those presents that stayed in the bedroom from directly after Christmas until Mom decided that they needed to have something to do on Sunday that would keep them entertained for a little while. Toad had the Spongebob Color Fillz, while Babygirl had the Tinker Bell one (of course).

It’s a good thing that I opened up the package on a Sunday morning, as one thing that this package doesn’t say is that once the package is open, you have to do the entire project in one sitting.

This is how it works: when you open the package you’ll find a plastic frame that is broken up into a variety of different shapes. You’ll also find separate packages of what first looks to be play-doh, but actually has a much different texture. Actually it’s Crayola Model Magic. It’s somewhat spongy and yet, at the same time, sticks together like play-doh.

So you snap the grid together and flip it upside down onto a color diagram, which is basically a poster that is the same size as the grid. Then you open up the colors and start your mosaic! Basically you tear off little pieces of the clay and push them into the grid, the right color in the right space, of course. One tip we found, and that was written directly on the instructions, was to make sure that the colors covered up most of the grid on the back so that, when it dries, the clay holds together.

We did one color at a time and learned pretty quickly, thanks to Babygirl, that if you use too much clay, you can run out, so you have to use it judiciously. We had none left by the time we were done. It took our kids about an hour and a half or so to get the whole thing done. Once you’re done, you peel the poster from the front and set it out to dry for 24 hours. When you’re done you’ve got a mosaic that you can hang on the wall!

The Pros: This is one art kit that most children can do on their own. While they may mess up the colors if they’re young, their art will still work out. Just make sure that the clay connects in the back of the grid and you’re all set.

The Cons: There is only a specific amount of clay that Crayola gives you, and it’s just barely enough to cover the entire mosaic kit. I wish that they had given us a bit more clay, as we almost ran out and had to help Babygirl a number of times to make sure that she had enough clay. Toad had an easier time with the project, but we still had to help him for a few minutes to make sure that he had enough.

Also it is a bit annoying that you have to do it all in one sitting, which is why I wouldn’t recommend it for children who are under the age of 4, unless they have a great attention span.

Crayola Color Fillz is cheap enough that it makes the perfect gift for a child’s birthday party.

We just finished our mosaics on Sunday, and while they’re dry now, they still have retained a slight spongy texture. I’ll let you know if, once we put them on the wall, they start flaking or crumbling. Until then, though, I’d definitely recommend Crayola Color Fillz for anyone who is looking for an inexpensive gift or project for a child!

This is not a paid or sponsored review. I get absolutely nothing if you click on the links and order the project from Amazon. If Crayola wishes to send our children other things to review, however, we wouldn’t be upset by that 🙂


One Response to “Crayola Color Fillz Review”

  1. Tracey January 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    We learned that ZUBBER is crappy. My kids & hubby love those rubber bracelets. He made one and it stayed damp for 24 hours..Supposed to set in 8 minutes. I made one and it was done in ten minutes..BUT its awesomely messy. THEN Both broke at the non existant seam within days. $14 chalked up to HEY that looks cool..

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