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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Why Bath Crayons are a Bad Idea

Not long ago, I purchased a brightly colored, fun-looking package of bath crayons for the babies. What a great idea, right? I mean, who wouldn't want their child to have fun in the bathtub, drawing all sorts of cool gadgets and trying to spell his name? And in a bathtub? Where the mess will basically clean itself? Count me in.

Or not.

Even if we totally ignore the fact that these devices teach kids it's okay to write on walls, the mess doesn't end in the bathtub. Oh no. The water splashes over, the crayons fall apart, the wax gets on your clothes. Let's take it from the beginning.

We start with Dulce ecstatically tossing the bath crayons into the tub of water. They're in these plastic casing contraptions so that you can click the waxy part up, and hold the plastic, like a marker with a tip. However, this ingenious idea only works if the crayon isn't wet. Within minutes, the crayon wax had melted enough so that the crayons slipped out of their containers and would not stay back in. I took them out and lined them up.


Of course, just touching the crayons was a very messy business.






Thankfully, there was a tub full of water right there, so no harm no foul. We ran into trouble again right away though. Now I had two kids in a tub, struggling over each other to get at the line of crayons I'd made. The casings slipped off and into the tub, the crayons fell on the floor making a waxy puddle of mess and getting on the towels, the babies were fighting over the purple. My idyllic mind scene of a peaceful drawing session was thrown out with the bathwater, so to speak. There was more color on my babies than on the walls of the tub. Last time I checked, baths were for getting clean. I am not impressed.

After I finally managed to get the soppy mess back into its container, never to be released again, the babies found at least one viable toy in the bunch. The duck-shaped sponge turned out to be a lifesaver.


For about five minutes that is. It turns out that one sponge to two toddlers who haven't quite yet learned all the subtleties of sharing is not a particularly wonderful ratio. And if they're both in a 2x5 ft. space, well, mommy can't get to the sponge quickly enough.





He's now "in the workshop" getting "fixed."

So, from now on, it looks like we're back to being a squeaky-toy, watering-can, bucket family when it comes to taking baths. Which isn't so bad, really. I quite like my watering can arm cleansings.

Bath crayons: only do it if you dare.

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16 comments:

  1. A friend picked those EXACT ones up for us [yay someone stopped at target for this lowly canadian!] and they were gross. Throw em out and use washable crayolas, they clean off the tub easier.

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  2. A friend of mine bought Jack bathtub markers. They work much much better than the crayons.

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  3. Right now my tub looks like someone was murdered in it, thanks to a stray, red bath crayon that bled all over the place after my husband took a shower.

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  4. I had bath crayons as a kid and loved them! I remember my mother playing connect-the-dots with my chickenpox spots. Though I remember them as being just more sticks of colored soap, no clicking or tubing or anything

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  5. Those crayons SUCK. You have to hold the little side-trigger-buttony-thingy up while attempting to use them. Super lame.

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  6. wow, never used them, there is a lot of kids stuff I would NOT use because I saw it as a waste or uncreative. My well meaning parents bought my daughter a "MAGIC COLOR" play mat, it magically makes color with just water. OH BROTHER! all it was was a thin white material covering a rainbow so when you use the water pen the water makes the material more transparent. Yeah it saves on messes but I am an ARTIST I want my kids to use real paint and learn to clean it up, I want real creativity not fake gimmicks. And when my daughter got older she saw how stupid it was.

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  7. I actually LOVE the crayola bath crayons. My husband and I decided it was a terrible idea before we even had our child, then she received a set for her second birthday, they are our favorite. But it's just her and me, so maybe that's the difference. I dry them on a paper towel on the counter after each bath, they've never stained anything, and she loves to help wash three pictures away after we are done.

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  8. My eldest had the Crayola ones and they were quite good and not slimy and messy. But 8 years in between kids and they were looking a little sad (though still functioning and in their plastic sheaths). My mom picked up the same ones you did for my son, and they are absolutely terrible. There are fewer remaining crayons (or in most cases, pieces of crayons) than from the 10 year old Crayola set, which have also been in the bath tub for the same duration as the new ones. So I think it depends which ones you get. Those ones just suck. :)

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