My daughters love anything arty so when we were offered the chance to review some chalk markers, we were happy to give them a try. We were sent 2 packs by Chalkola, who are also offering my readers the chance to win a set of 21 chalk markers, as well as save 15% on purchases.
Chalkola chalk markers are designed to work on blackboards, whiteboards, glass, plastic and other non-porous surfaces. We tried them out on our chalk board, which is a wooden cupboard door that we coated in blackboard paint a couple of years ago, and on a small handheld blackboard.
Clara enjoyed using the chunky chalkboard pens to draw on the cupboard door. She said it was like painting – the pens draw like a marker pen but the ink flows and looks like paint. Izzy preferred to use the thinner pens to write and draw on the smaller black board. Here are a few things we like about the Chalkola pens:
- The ink dries quickly and doesn’t smudge or rub off when you rub your hand over it. For us, this is really handy. We keep our coats inside that cupboard, and often end up with chalk over them as we brush past the door!
- We also always end up with the floor covered in colourful chalk dust as the kids are drawing – this is avoided with the pens
- The colours are bolder and brighter, and there is more variety than the pastel colours you usually get with traditional chalk.
- The chalk markers easily wash away with a wet cloth or baby wipe – although it’s best to check a small area with the markers first just to be on the safe side, as they may leave marks on some surfaces. Even after leaving the picture up on the board for a few days, it still wiped away easily.
- Although Clara managed to cover her hands and clothes in the pens, it washed off her skin easily (unlike felt tip pen which seems to stain for days!) and came out of her clothes in the washing machine without any issues.
- They are great to use for photo props, especially for bloggers or photographers – Izzy made me a lovely sign to use in this blog post!
- You can use them on paper or card so they are ideal for crafts.
Clara really enjoyed painting away – however, she did sometimes draw on the door frame by accident. It did wipe off but it has left a couple of faint marks on the gloss. The pens are not recommended for children under 3 though, so while I could trust my 6 year old to draw nicely on the chalk board, I’d have to keep a closer eye on 2 year old Clara unless I want my entire kitchen decorated in bright markers!
Here’s how you can WIN a set of 21 Chalkola markers
To enter our giveaway, all you have to do is scroll down and leave me a comment. It can be anything you like – why not tell me how you would use the chalk pens, or about your favourite craft activity, or even your favourite colour.
You will need to enter an email address but this won’t be published – it’s just so I can contact you if you win. The closing date for this giveaway is midnight on Friday 24th March 2017. The winner will be selected at random and contacted within 48 hours of the competition closing. Chalkola will arrange to send the prize out to the lucky winner (to a UK address only).
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*We were kindly sent 2 packs of Chalkola pens in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.
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