Chalkola 6mm Chalk Pens
Chalkola 15mm Chalk Markers
Taormina absolutely loves arts and crafts. It is always a treat for her to get the colouring pens out to explore her creative side. I’m not going to lie, when she brings out the pens at home or at a restaurant, I love to get involved as well! It’s one of those little perks of parenting, I mean, it isn’t exactly socially acceptable to ask for a colouring set when you’re sitting down tucking into your pasta at Jamie’s Italian restaurant when you don’t have children! But it is great fun.
Maybe restaurants should start offering colouring to everyone?
So I was pretty excited when Chalkola chalk markers sent me a selection of their products to have a play with and review. Not as happy as Taormina. She loves receiving presents, so was all too excited for this one.
1) The Markers are used on Non Porous Surfaces only (So its best to test a small area). Like – Chalkboards, Whiteboards, Glass, Plastic, Windows.
The reason being that Porous surfaces have small holes which can absorb the liquid chalk ink and sometimes it gets difficult to completely erase them.
The markers can be used on Chalkboard paint but many customers have found it difficult to erase them as paint usually makes the surface porous and absorbs chalk ink. In case they do not erase – you can either repaint or use magic eraser.
2) Chalk markers as a medium have high density Chalk Ink, due to which New markers take 2 to 3 mins prep time – Once used the ink flows smoothly.
You can watch our first experience with the Chalkola markers and pens on my YouTube Channel Dans the Word here:
We were given;
Chalkola 6mm Pens which consists of 10x 6mm neon colour markers and
Chalkola 15mm Markers which consists of 8x 15mm neon colour jumbo markers.
We read the instructions on how to use the markers for the first time. We gave them a good old shake which Taormina thought was funny and pressed down on the markers back and forth until the chalk ink started to flow. T was also able to do this. Initially I did think this is incredible time-consuming but I kept all the pens in the packet at once to shake them and we pressed down on them one by one. I didn’t take long at all.
We used them on a white and black board that we use for drawing and painting. The instructions say that they are for non-porous surfaces so our wipe clean board seemed like the perfect choice for the chalk markers.
Taormina is only two (almost three) so she more or less just scribbles a random picture when drawing. I drew the sun and grass and little things like that. I found that the chalk pens were much messier than I expected. We use chalkboard pens and dry erase markers all the time so assumed they draw on in a similar way but the way I’d describe them, is that they are more of a paint in a pen. They do drip and run slightly so I would highly recommend a painting apron or messy clothes for your toddler.
The colours in the packs we had were nice and bright – exactly the colours that appeal to a toddler. They looked better on a black background oppose to a white one but I am sure you could create a chalk art master piece if you were a little more handy at painting.
Besides making a little mess, the marker pens are water based. I actually got some paint on myself and Wolfie who was asleep in my arms at the time on a handmade romper from Instagram shop Watching the Moments which the wife would have killed me if it was ruined. It is safe to say it washed out so I lived to see another day! We also got the chalk ink on the floor, skirting, and all over T’s face. As described by the brand, you can use a wet cloth to wipe off and you can do exactly that. The cloth really absorbs the chalk markers ink so I rinsed it out a few times. We had a good old tidy up together and put them away for another day.
I have a toddler who has just started getting into drawing and colouring. She loves using paints and these are a perfect alternative. The difference being is that they can be stored in a neat little packet in the cupboard oppose to larger paint pots. They can be rather messy, but cleaning up is nice and easy and you can just wipe clean your drawing board and the chalk marker pens. I haven’t used them on some of the other surfaces that they are designed for, but for now I have no need. I didn’t pay for these markers, but I would pay for the prices listed on Amazon.
I would recommend these chalk marker pens to anyone with toddlers or for parents who secretly love using kids drawing utensils.
Where to buy
15% discount to my readers – Coupon Code – 15OFFSTR (Applicable on the Chalkola Website & Amazon) You can click the Amazon links above.
Dans Rating – 5/5
Taormina’s Rating – 5/5
The chalk markers are also featured in a post written about entertaining bored kids at The Life of Tont.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Chalkola products free of charge to review. I pride myself in providing my honest opinion within a review and all views expressed are my own.