Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Crayola Digital Light Designer and Marker Airbrush {Review & Giveaway}

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While my kids' preferences for certain characters or toys may have changed over the years, there is one category that has forever remained a surefire hit: art.

It doesn't matter if we have stacks of coloring books taller than they are or more crayons, markers and glitter glue pens than we can count, being given the opportunity to use their imagination and express their creativity through art has always been (and surely always will be) a big part of our lives.

Truly, I can't think of the name that knows more about encouraging and unleashing our kids' ideas and love of art than the one and only Crayola. And, this holiday season Crayola has made it even easier to find the perfect gift for kids everywhere with their convenient and fun Holiday Gift Guide.

Crayola holiday gift guide

With ideas easily broken down by age, it only takes a few clicks before you're presented with a huge variety of options that are sure to entertain, amaze and educate the children on your list.

After having had positive experiences with every prior Crayola product we've ever tried, I knew that two gift guide suggestions, the revolutionary Digital Light Designer and the new Marker Airbrush would make my girls' eyes light up for the holidays and beyond.

Crayola review

From the moment that the kids and I saw Crayola's Digital Light Designer in a television commercial, we were all intrigued. Coloring on a 360° domed drawing surface? How was that even possible? And did I just imagine that the images were moving or were they actually coming to life? Maybe it's time to turn off the TV.

Admittedly, I was pretty eager to try out this innovative tool and couldn't wait to open up the triangular box to see just how much fun waited inside!

Digital Light Designer

After I pulled out the Digital Light Designer and its included stylus, I was surprised (and pleased) to find that there wasn't much to do to set this up and have it ready for use.

Crayola light designer

After installing four D batteries in the base and two AAA batteries in the stylus (not included), one flip of the power switch and it was time to draw, create, animate and play.

Crayola Digital Light Designer review

Although it took glancing at the directions a few times, it was easy to see that switching between the three different modes of play was pretty simple once you got the hang of it.
  • Draw – Using the digital light stylus, kids can select colors and line width to begin free-drawing anywhere on the domed surface, switching between eight different colors
  • Animate – Kids can activate their creations with amazing special effects, making them spin, change colors, melt, or even mix up the drawings
  • Play – With eight different interactive games and activity apps, kids can spend hours creating or just doodling with Rainbow Draw, magically duplicate their creations with Mirror Draw, create funny animated faces, play interactive mazes, and more
The combination of all three modes really do let kids create dynamic free-hand drawings and spend ages activating animations and playing interactive drawing games. Whether making a specific dinosaur, smiley face or flower, or simply doodling squiggles and lines, the digital light stylus is easy to hold and the ability to draw anywhere on the domed surface is entertaining and fun.

Pulling up the menu of choices from the bottom of the dome is done with a single tap and seeing the LED technology bring kids' colorful ideas to life is such an unexpected and unique treat!

crayola digital light designer reviews

I appreciate that there is a storage slot for the stylus right on the side of the Digital Light Designer, so turning this off and storing it away is done in seconds. Aside from the batteries, this innovative tool really only requires a hard, flat surface and some creativity!

For a portable, mess-free and exciting way to draw with light, this product allows kids to use their imaginations to create, erase, re-create, color over and more with ease. There are also pre-programmed scenes (e.g. butterflies, flowers, spaceships, and more) already included in case young artists need a boost getting started or just want something already made to animate or alter.

Retailing for $49.99, the Crayola Digital Light Designer is designed for ages 6+ and can be purchased directly from Crayola, on Amazon and in stores near you. You can also add the Crayola AC Power Adapter to your shopping list if you'd prefer to not have to worry about replacing batteries.

When kids aren't playing with light with their 360° dome, another extremely unique way to turn traditional coloring into something so much more is with the Crayola Marker Airbrush.

Crayola Marker Airbrush

An extremely uncomplicated device, the Marker Airbrush is kid-powered (no batteries needed!) and works with a simple hand pump. As I pulled all of the pieces out of the box, I was yet again pleased to see that it was barely going to take any time before this was ready to use.

Crayola Marker Airbrush review

Including the Airbrush Sprayer, eight washable markers, four bright fabric markers, 20 sheets of paper, and four stencil sheets, it took less than a minute before I was producing my own fun airbrush effects.

First, attach any Crayola Broadline Marker (including Crayola Classic Washable Broadline Markers, Crayola Pipsqueak, Washable Broadline Window Markers, Fabric Broadline markers and more) right to the end...

Crayola airbrush marker

...followed by 15-20 pumps on the handle. Then just point the sprayer at your paper, fabric or windows and spray away!

marker airbrush crayola

Switching to a different marker is just as quick and easy, as you simply pull out the current marker and replace it with the next. Re-pump the handle to build up more pressure and spray some more!

Crayola airbrush kit

Whether kids use the Marker Airbrush to create free-hand airbrushed drawings or use the stencil sheets to create professional-looking masterpieces, this is such a fun way to turn regular markers into a whole new art form!

airbrushing for kids

Retailing for $24.99 from Crayola, on Amazon (also in pink), and in stores near you, the Crayola Marker Airbrush is designed for ages 6+ and is unlike anything that I have seen before. It's just such a fun way to turn markers into something so much more!

When it comes to unleashing your child's creativity, Crayola has the products that will make the perfect gifts. We have yet to meet a Crayola item that we haven't enjoyed and I love seeing my kids light up when they are inspired with new ideas and ways to express their imaginative visions.

This holiday season, be sure to visit Crayola's Holiday Gift Guide to help find just the right gift for the young artists on your list and connect with Crayola on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news, updates and more.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will get to bring home the creative ingenuity that Crayola can provide, because...

One lucky person will win a Crayola Digital Light Designer and a Crayola Marker Airbrush!


Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below — simply enter your name and email address and click on each entry that you would like to complete. Follow the directions for each individual method, entering in the necessary information when asked. If you have any questions or problems, feel free to let me know.

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The Crayola product to try, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Crayola.. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

253 comments:

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natalie rose machowski said...

I used to love to color with my brother when we were younger with our big 64 pack with the sharpener in the back.

LesleyfromWI said...

My sister and I loved getting our new box of Crayola crayons for the first day of school. The excitement of seeing all those colors....could not wait to use them

Roach Kelley said...

i loved using crayola crayons

Jennifer Q. said...

I loved going back to school shopping when I was little because my mom would always buy Crayola crayons for my brother and I!

Anonymous said...

I remember the box of 64 spent hours coloring and drawing

Sylvia said...

I loved when I first got the crayola crayon carton with the sharpener in it! :)

Deanna Straub said...

I have gone through thousands of crayola crayons since I was a kid back in the 60s and 70s and I still love to color now at the age of 45.

DiHamel said...

nice

Anonymous said...

I do not remember back when me and Crayola first met hands but I know the younger grandkids and the older great grandkids love crayola

steve mccuan said...

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS 6 YEARS OLD TAKING A RED Crayola crayon AND TRACING MY LEFT HAND PRINT ALL OVER MY BEDROOM WALLS , I WAS SO PROUD OF MYSELF UNTIL DAD GOT HOME .

Tracy Allen said...

I remember some weird crayon currency where Brick Red and Midnight Blue were the most "Valuable" colors in the box
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sunflowerally22 said...

Sharpening my crayons on the back of the box!!

Julie said...

I remember coloring with my granny and papa

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cindy m said...

Every year Santa brought a big huge long box of crayons with coloring books laid out in a new sled.

dpschad said...

I remember getting my first 64 count box of crayons with the sharpener on the back.

Jennifer said...

I remember coloring with Crayola Crayons with my mom when I was young.

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Kayla said...

I used to love getting a new box of 96 crayons on the first day of school every year!

Lean said...

Using them to color my Barbie's hair. Loved doing that.

D. Wood said...

I loved coloring with crayola crayons and always looked forward to the new colors.

lmurley2000 said...

i use to love to color and they had all the great colors

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sandra davis said...

i remember having the big box of crayons and alot of coloring books. they didnt have the things that they have now.

maryjaco1 said...

I remember melting crayons in a muffin tin to make multi color crayons.

heatherhouse12 said...

Crayola used to have "Blow Pens" that would spray color over paper. My friends and I used to spend hours with stencils making cool colorful creations!

kat said...

I remember getting a big box of 64 and I was happy

Lisa said...

Opening a brand new box of crayons. Love the fresh smell and colors.

Sonya said...

I remember being so excited to get Crayola crayons, instead of the cheap ones!

harold said...

I remember when the beginning of school season would start, my mom would buy a brand new box of crayola colors for school, I was so excited, I could hardly wait to use them!

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know that other crayon companies existed. We had a bin of crayolas accumulated from over the years. They are my #1 crayon.

russrpm said...

I remember melting them together to make spin art in cub scouts.

Susan Smoaks said...

when i was little i would always spend my money on crayola products, i loved crayons, markers and colored pencils.

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Jessica R said...

I remember getting really excited when my mom would but me the giant box of crayons! And I can still remember some discontinued colors!

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skipthelaundry said...

I loved it when I got one of those huge boxes of crayons with the sharpener in the back of the box.
Amber Porter

Jennifer said...

I loved coloring a page and then coloring the whole thing black. We would use a coin to scrape off the black to reveal the color underneath... kinda fun

Candi said...

I remember coloring for hours. I also ate the crayons I was sure they were the flavor of the color, such as cherry for red etc. But they all just tasted like yucky wax not sure why I kept eating them.

Beth Palacios said...

I only wish they had all the Crayola stuff there is today when I was a kid. All I remember is the basic crayons. I loved the smell of opening a new box! :)

kathy pease said...

I remember sitting at the coffee table coloring with my brother and he would push toohard and break the crayon..id get so mad..lol

michedt said...

I remember using crayola to draw mcdonalds food so we could act like we were in a restaurant.

Anonymous said...

Having a new box of Crayola crayons and a big coloring book was always fun!!
Brenda McAlister
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Carole Ingram said...

I absolutely loved coloring with their crayons, especially when the big box came out, it made it even more fun! :) I remember my father purchasing me a coloring book and a box when I visited him in CT one summer. I would color one page a day :P, it kept me busy when I was bored.

Vikki Billings said...

I love Coloring and when they came out with the big box with the sharpener on the back, I thought I was on crayon heaven!

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Julie Jones said...

We didn't have awesome stuff like this when I was little. The best I remember is color wonder when I was a teenager.

ThriftyAnnabella said...

The box with the sharpener was great
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melissaandkeith miller said...

i remember making christmas cards
melissaandkeith miller

Tanya White said...

I remember coloring with crayola crayons with my dad.

MichelleS said...

I always loved opening a fresh box of never used crayons and never wanted to use them haha I wanted them to stay intact.

Lanicsha Wynn said...

I remember when my mom bought me a new box of crayons, and I left them in the car by accident and they melted, but luckily I was able to save some of them.

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cassandra m said...

I use to love to organize the colors

Elizabeth Miller said...

I remembering loving to color with the Crayola 64 pack of crayons. I loved the colors.

Patrice said...

I remember spending hours coloring with crayola crayons as a child.

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Tylerpants said...

I used to try to use every single color in the box whenever I drew a picture. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Marianna said...

Getting a new "big box" of crayons for school was always a favorite!

Andrew L. said...

I remember getting a new box of crayons for school every year.

lilyk said...

I used to color pictures with Crayola crayons.

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