Crayola

Kids love to color and create. It's one of the most classic play activities there is. From the earliest scribbles to sophisticated artwork, imagination and self-expression combine to create immersive, exciting experiences. And you know what? No one every really outgrows the delight of simple coloring.

For most people, when they're talking about coloring, art supplies and creative play, one brand tops the list: Crayola. For more than 100 years, the company has been producing products to inspire creativity and help children of all ages express themselves through art. Whether it's crayons and markers, paints, chalks and in recent years more sophisticated toys (some even with a tech feature), Crayola means creativity. But how do you know which products to buy?

The Crayola toy reviews below provide you with a complete video that shows you the toy in use, so you'll know exactly what you're getting. The written review provides even more detail, and things you'll want to be aware of...like how neat or messy a toy is. You can refer to our price comparison tool to see which stores have that toy in stock and current pricing. Finding the perfect paints for petit Picassos, crayon kits for coloring, arts & crafts toys for creators, and unique and novel ways to inspire imaginative play is easier than ever with TTPM's toy reviews on your side!

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Magic Scene Creator

Magic Scene Creator

from Crayola $19.99

Crayola Fashion Superstar

Crayola Fashion Superstar

from Crayola $19.99

Color & Sticker Despicable Me Minion Made

Color & Sticker Despicable Me Minion Made

from Crayola $6.99

Color & Sticker Disney Frozen

Color & Sticker Disney Frozen

from Crayola $6.99

Color & Sticker PJ Masks

Color & Sticker PJ Masks

from Crayola $6.99

Magic Light Brush & Drawing Pad

Magic Light Brush & Drawing Pad

from Crayola $19.99

Silly Scents Marker Maker

Silly Scents Marker Maker

from Crayola $19.99

Art with Edge Say What?! Coloring Book

Art with Edge Say What?! Coloring Book

from Crayola $6.99

Art with Edge Sugar Skulls Coloring Book

Art with Edge Sugar Skulls Coloring Book

from Crayola $6.99

Art with Edge Ridiculousness Coloring Book

Art with Edge Ridiculousness Coloring Book

from Crayola $6.99

Art with Edge Graffiti Coloring Book

Art with Edge Graffiti Coloring Book

from Crayola $6.99

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The History of Crayola

Today, Crayola estimates that by age ten, the average child in the U.S. will have gone through more than 700 crayons. That's a lot of coloring, and crayons remain one of the staples of imagination and childhood.

Binney & Smith, the original parent company of the Crayola brand, began in 1880 as a company making pigments - the familiar red oxide of barns and carbon black of tires. (Before Binney & Smith, Goodrich made white tires.) In 1900, the company branched out, making marking inks and black marking pencils. The company used the abundant slate in the Easton, Pennsylvania area for a new product of slate pencils. The company's next product, dustless chalk, cleaned up schoolrooms forever and won the company a gold medal at the St. Louis World Exposition in 1902. It was a symbol that a new era of technology and innovation had begun in the U.S.

But the best was yet to come. In working with teachers, Binney & Smith (Yes, they were two real guys, who are both in the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.), they realized that there was also a need for better wax crayons, one that lasted longer and had more color. The inventors used the wax marking pencils as inspiration. They made them smaller, and added a variety of new pigments to the parafin. In 1903, Binney & Smith produced the first box of eight crayons, which sold for a pricey five cents and contained black, brown, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow and green.

But what to call them? Edward Binney's wife, Alice, who was a schoolteacher, found the solution. She took the French word for chalk, craie, an combined it with 'oleaginous,' a now largely obscure adjective that perfectly described the waxy consistently of the crayons. The result was 'Crayola,' which literally means 'oily chalk.'

Crayola Crayons continued to expand. They became the gold standard for crayons. Few lasted as long, and teachers preferred them as well, perhaps thanks to their heritage. More and more colors were introduced, and in 1958, the now-legendary box of 64 Crayons, with the sharpener built in, was introduced. In 1996, the company celebrated the manufacture of the 100 billionth crayon! Today, the company makes 650 crayons a minute and more than three billion a year. Laid end to end, those crayons would circle the Equator six times!

Over the years, Crayola branched out and made paints markers, and much more. Their product innovations have made coloring and painting much less messy, and they've expanded their offerings to include first crayons for toddlers just learning to color and sophisticated collections to satisfy the adult coloring craze. Recently, the company had introduced more and more toys to engage and entertain kids. From making markers and crayons to creating and sharing fashion designs to great, narrative-based, imaginative play, if it has to do with colorful creativity and satisfying self-expression, you'll probably find a great Crayola toy that will be ideal for the kids in your life.

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