Walmart Clearance Gem

I just wanted to share a quick tip on a neat looking item that’s on clearance at the Walmart store close to us. That’s the Crayola Crayon Melter.

While I have never used one of these, it looks like you put Crayola crayons in the Crayon Melter which melts the crayons and allows you to create melted crayon art. It is normally priced at $19.97, but is on sale for the clearance price of $10.

So if you have been looking for one of these, be sure to check in at your friendly neighborhood Walmart. 😊

Turtle Suncatcher Craft from Crayola

Wow, it’s been raining for DAYS here and it’s getting tiring! I went looking for something fun to do to cheer ourselves up and I came across this adorable craft on the Crayola website – Turtle Suncatchers!

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Aren’t they adorable?! Here’s the link to check it out: https://www.crayola.com/crafts/turtle-suncatcher-craft/

It looks like a great rainy-day boredom buster! Have fun! πŸ™‚

Paper Caterpillar Racing Fun

Well, it’s Easter weekend and many things are different this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the “stay-at-home”and quarantine orders. We can choose to be miserable and dwell on what we can’t do or we can pick ourselves up and make our own fun things to do. Here is one suggestion that will bring giggles and smiles to the kids’ faces. Let’s race paper caterpillars! πŸ™‚ All that’s needed is some construction paper, something to color with, a pair of scissors and a drinking straw. The Crayola company has beautiful directions for this project on their website and here is the link to get you there:

We tried this project at our house so I want to share our paper caterpillar fun with you. Here are our caterpillars…let’s see…they need names…how about Carl and Cathy?

Carl is the one on the left and Cathy has the dots and stripes. They are ready for the race! Let’s set up the Finish Line!

The way you make them race is to blow on their backs through the straw. It will make them hop up and down and move forward. Here we go! Ready….Set…GO!! And the caterpillars are off! They’re inching their way down the racetrack…steady there, guys…oh, my, this is going to be a close race! Who will cross the finish line first?! Aaaaaand the winner IS…….

Cathy Caterpillar!! YAAAAY!! But look at that! Carl was very close behind! I think he might win the next race, don’t you? Everyone in the family can make a caterpillar and you can have a competition. I hope you at least have fun making and racing your caterpillars! Happy Good Friday to you! πŸ™‚

Crayola Glitter Dots Review

Have you seen the Crayola Glitter Dots? I came across them at Walmart not long ago and decided to check them out. The fact that they were on clearance and only $2.00 might have helped my decision. πŸ˜‰

So the idea is that you can color things with glitter easily and with less mess. Who wouldn’t like having less mess with kids using glitter, right?!

The package contains 42 glitter dots and has 7 dots of each color – gold, red, silver, green, blue and black. The only instructions are on the outside of the package, but that’s really all that is needed.

It says to just peel back the foil covering the individual dot, place it on your project and squish it in place. Here is what I used to try them out…a paper towel underneath to catch any run-away glitter and a wooden circle to color with the dots.

I had trouble with the “peel” step. I couldn’t get a hold of an edge of the foil to peel it back. So I used a sharp knife to cut through the foil and then I could peel it back to get the glitter dot out.

I started with a gold glitter dot in the center of the wooden circle.

Aaaaand I squished it flat.

Next I used a red glitter dot. And then a blue one…and a silver one.

I continued until I had used 1 glitter dot of each color. The dots do definitely make LESS glitter mess, but you will still have some bits of glitter hanging around loose. The problem I found is that while squishing the dot flat, it wants to stick to your finger instead of the item you are trying to color.

I tried holding down a spot of the squished dot with one finger while spreading and squishing more with another finger. That did help some. Some times the sticky part seemed to be more on the top side as I was squishing it, so I turned it over and then continued spreading it. I can see where some kids might get frustrated trying to get the dot to stay where they put it.

My overall rating for the Crayola Glitter Dots would be 4 out of 5 stars. It’s great that it is less of a mess than using glitter in other forms, but the fact that it’s hard to get out of the package and sticks as well to you as it does to your project makes a couple of strikes against it in my book. It is fun and a little different so if you can find it on sale like I did, I would say it’s worth the $2.00 in fun for your kids. πŸ™‚ If you’ve used these, please let me know what you think of them!