It’s a miserable, grey February half term holiday from school. The children are bored (it’s only day one – it’s going to be a long week!). They’ve played with toys, they’ve played on their tablets, X-Box, computer… It’s too wet in the garden and we’re watching the eleventy-billionth episode of Paw Patrol. Ugh. How can we relieve the boredom? There’s a knock at the door; a delivery man has a package for us… Chalkola Chalk Markers!
Read on to find out what we did with them, what we thought of them and to win a pack of your own!
What are they?
Chalkola Chalk Markers are marker pens that can be used on any non-porous surface. “Marker pens?!?!” I hear you shout in terror! Yes, and you can draw on the windows with them! As long as the surface is smooth and non-porous, the ink will wipe off easily, leaving behind a clean surface.
The pens come in various different sets and colours. There are jumbo ones, thin ones, neon ones, earth tones, and metallic colours. The pens contain a water-based chalk ink, rather like paint, and are non-toxic, Xylene free and odour free, making them safe and fun for even young children to use. They can be used on many different surfaces, including white boards, chalk boards, glass, ceramics, mirrors, tiles, plastics… pretty much anywhere as long as it’s non-porous!
How did we test the product?
The children were excited to try the pens out on our large white board. The pens need priming when you first get them out of the packet. This involves pressing the nib onto a surface several times until the ink comes down and covers the nib. I used some scrap paper to do this. Then the children got to work…
Small doesn’t really draw ‘things’ yet, so she just did lots of scribbling with the 15mm jumbo pens!
Big enjoyed writing on the white board with the 6mm tips.
We also tried them out on our LED board!
What did we think of the product?
The Chalkola marker pens were fun to use. The colours are vibrant and there is a great range. We experienced different results on different surfaces and found some of the colours to show up better than others. The manufacturers claim that the marker pens are ‘quick drying’ – we did not always find this to be the case. As you can see in the picture above of the chalkboard sticker, some of the markers dripped and ran on the upright board. We found it took a long time to dry on the white board, meaning things got a bit messy! I would definitely recommend supervising closely and taking precautions if letting a small child loose with these pens! Small did get some on her clothes, but, thankfully, it did wash out. My rug is a little pink-stained, however!
The best result we had was on the LED board. The Chalkola markers really did show up well and looked great when lit and changing colour!
What did we like?
- the range of colours
- the range of nib sizes
- the metallic pens weren’t as messy
- the range of surfaces the marker pens can be used on
- safe for children – non-toxic
- easy to clean off and doesn’t leave a stain behind like some traditional dry-wipe markers
Anything we didn’t like?
- the length of drying time on certain surfaces led to smudging, dripping and colours bleeding into each other.
- a couple of the paler colours look a little wishy-washy on some surfaces
- the mess potential!
Our overall verdict…
Chalkola chalk markers are lovely to use to create bright, vibrant art projects around the home. With a little care, attention and patience you and your children can produce masterpieces just about anywhere! Well worth having in your rainy day arts and crafts stash to keep the kids occupied for a while!
Where can you get them?
And, lucky readers, I have a discount code which will give you 15% off all Chalkola products! Just quote “15OFFSTR” when you order.
Disclosure: We were sent two sets of Chalkola Chalk Markers in return for a fair and honest review. All views and opinions are my own.