The Cutest Crayons You Ever Did See {Giveaway}


Isn’t this the cutest lil’ box of crayons you ever set your eyes on? I learned about Melissa of Earth Grown Crayons from a comment she left on my Facebook page, and can I just tell you how happy I am to have found her? Earth Grown Crayons are handmade (amazing, right?!), all natural, eco friendly and biodegradable. The crayons are made from natural soy wax and nontoxic mineral pigments – more plusses in my book! Melissa was kind enough to send me a box of crayons to review and my kids and I were so excited to find out what was inside.

If you click through to the Earth Grown Crayons Etsy store, you’ll see that we could have been surprised with anything from dragons to strawberries, and we were thrilled to pull the paper back and reveal…

a school of fish!!!

Before she even thought about drawing with the crayons, 17 month old R was content flipping them over over again. They do look like little toys.

She enjoyed this flipping game so much that I brought her a little spatula and pot to practice balancing and hand-eye coordination. Awesome!

Oh, and proof that we also drew with the crayons…

Three year old N gave them a thumbs-up and commented on how bright the colors are. I have to agree.

You could also order a constellation of stars,

…or this sweet woodland animals scene.

In addition to being lovable, the soy crayons have a creamy texture that’s a pleasure to color with. In Melissa’s words:

“Soy is an all-natural, renewable resource that is one-hundred percent biodegradable – making it an earth-friendly choice for kids. Soy beans have been a part of my life since I can remember. Growing up I spent time on my grandparents farm in rural Minnesota. I watched my grandpa plant and harvest soy beans in the fields behind his farm. Now, many years later, I’m making my own creations from soy, inspired by my love for animals and other living things.

My Earth Grown Crayons are made from soy beans free of herbicides and pesticides, and grown on American soil. I use only non-toxic pigments. Crayons come packaged in recycled or reusable materials and are hand-made in a home that strives to be loving of the earth in every way.”

Lucky for us today, Melissa has offered to give away one of her boxes to a Tinkerlab reader. Woop! If you’d like to enter to win, leave a comment by Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 9 pm PST and the winner will be chosen by random number generator. This is open to readers with US addresses only. Good luck!  Thank you to everyone who left a comment. A winner has been selected.


All opinions expressed are my own. Aside from receiving a lovely box of crayons,I received no compensation for this post.

Slide Drawing

slide drawing

My daughter loooooves going to the park and we’re blessed to live in a place that’s teeming with them! So it didn’t take much convincing or prodding to get her excited about setting up this high-energy mark-making activity with me. The juxtaposition of art materials on playground equipment made for a rich, memorable experience, and prompted her to see things from our everyday experiences in a new light.

We gathered our materials — roll of paper ($5 at IKEA, I also spotted this Melissa & Doug Easel Paper Roll for $6.95), crayons, and masking tape — and moseyed over to the park for some Slide Drawing!

There were a couple of other kids at the park, and we waited for them to move toward the sandbox before I covered a slide in a long sheet of paper. N took her crayons to the top and tested them out…a crayon in each hand. I have to admit that I was nervous about monopolizing a slide, so I tried to work quickly and keep a low profile. It reminded me of a when I helped a street artist on a very fun, clandestine night, way back when, with a bucket, brush, wheat paste, and large stack of posters in hand.

The children in the park were curious about what we were up to, so we invited them to join us. It turned out they were more interested in chit-chatting and provoking us than drawing, but having an audience is also an experience. Yay for performance art!

My daughter could have done this all afternoon, but the other kids wanted to use the slide so we wrapped up shop and we’ll return again for more soon. Maybe tomorrow!

Would you try slide drawing?

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