Crayola Glow Board Encourages Creativity in Kids

by Theresa on December 22, 2008 · 1 comment

This Crayola Glow Board is a really unique toy. Are you looking for simple instructions on how the glow board works? Here’s a neat video from Crayola.  As you can see it lets kids create artwork on the drawing surface of the glow board.

It comes with six neon markers with special ink that allow the drawing to glow in the dark.  Kids just wipe the surface with a damp paper towel and rewrite over and over again on the surface. There are so many Crayola products that its actually quite confusing as to which product is which. This particular toy is the Crayola Color Explosion Glow Board!

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Crayola Glow Board Has These Neat Features

  1. The board has two see through drawing surfaces.
  2. Once kids are finished their drawing the surface lights inside the glow board can be turned on.  The ink will glow sort of like a neon light.
  3. The glow board light can flash between the two layers, creating animated art and a 3D effect.
  4. The markers provided are blue, red,green, pink and orange and have medium tips for more control over the pens.
  5. It's recommended for children over the age of six but some parents mention that their three year old is having fun playing with it.
  6. It takes three "triple A" batteries to work.

Pros

  • It comes with the built in easel on the back so a child can stand it up to display their “work of art”!
  • There are slots to store the markers.
  • Keep kids entertained while traveling. When it gets dark out they can still see their glow board.
  • It really stimulates kids’ imagination.
  • Wipe off screen and kids can draw over and over again.
  • Very kid friendly website at Crayola.com. They have a neat little [tags]crayola-glow-board[/tags]program where kids can make their own two frame drawing. They can print them out and trace them on the Glow Board.
  • One lady mentioned that all her kids age 3 and 11 year were having fun with this.  So obviously it looks like it’s good fun for a wide age range of kids.
Crayola Glow Board has neat glowing effects!

Crayola Glow Board has neat glowing effects!

Cons

  • Drawing surface scratches very easily.
  • It’s sometimes hard for kids to see what they’re drawing because the markers don't show up well unless the scene is lit up with the light.
  • Some reports of markers being very dry, small in size and not lasting long.

Handy Tips
The Crayola site mentions that it’s really important to ONLY use a damp paper towel to wipe the board off. One lady mentioned that she ended up scratching her board by scrubbing a soft tissue to get the design off. Also baby wipes will leave a residue. So even when you are traveling with the board bring some damp paper towels in a zip lock bag to wipe it. Any alternative to that will scratch the board or not clean it well.

It might be a good idea to get some back up markers as well because a lot of parents say they don’t last.The directions warn you that the markers dry out much faster than regular markers if you leave the caps off. They also recommend storing them in a Ziploc bag.

Final Thoughts
The Crayola Glow Board has some fans! The majority of parents say its super fun for their kids and a very unique toy.  Overall most parents mentioned that they are satisfied with it and were willing to overlook the negative points. Not only is it fun, but it encourages artistic creativity. It offers a different dimension to their art and the glow effect is very cool. Hey guess what?? Now your kids can have creative fun with bath bubbles! Here's a Bath Blizzard review!

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1 jerhad December 23, 2010

My 2 kids enjoy this over playing with standard crayons. I suppose that’s because it glows and they get to play with the light switch.
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