Our newest favorite art supply!

After reading The Artful Parent‘s Exploring Different Art Surfaces with Toddlers blog post a few weeks ago, I was on the lookout for some Crayola Twistables Slick Stix.  Jean described them as “oil pastels in plastic cases,” and said she loved them for toddlers.  I saw them first on Amazon, but decided to hold out, hoping to beat the nearly $12 price tag.

Luckily, I happened to be in A.C. Moore with an awesome 40% off coupon when I spotted them.  I think the 12-pack was priced around $9.99, so I snatched them up!  
This morning the kids added another nursery rhyme to their nursery rhyme books, coloring the page with regular crayons when suddenly I remembered the Slick Stix tucked away in the cabinet.  We got out some fresh sheets of paper and I let them go at it.
 (Lilah’s masterpiece — 21 months old)
(Luke’s masterpiece — 3 years, 3 months old)
The colors are AMAZING!  They glide on so smoothly and are rich and vibrant; the photos really don’t do them justice.  You don’t have to press hard at all, and in fact, Luke was really pressing too hard.  I had to remind him to hold the crayon like a pencil because his fist grip (which he still prefers when coloring) was causing him to apply way too much pressure.  For Lilah who applies really light pressure with normal crayons, these were great!
They are a bit messier than regular crayons, so I did supervise their use the entire time, but overall it wasn’t a messy experience at all.  I also helped with capping and uncapping the Slick Stix since that was fairly difficult.  Luke could have probably done it on his own, but Lilah would have needed help.
Here are my little artists with their work:

These will be proudly displayed in our art frames hanging in the kitchen later today.  The frames we have look just like these, but I found them at Walmart for around $15/each. :)
What’s your current favorite art supply?

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1 comment to Our newest favorite art supply!

  • Anonymous

    Late to the party (and post) but found your blog through Pinterest, checked out the arts and crafts for ideas and had to chime in that I LOVE these slick stix! My 2 year old never really got into coloring until we found these! FYI they can get messy if unsupervised (little kiddo found out how to twist them up, and them smush them everywhere) but all in all they are washable and he loves them. Thanks for the great ideas!

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