Crayola Washable Finger Paints Review

16 Nov

Crayola Washable Finger PaintProduct Description:

Over the last century, Crayola has become the overwhelmingly predominant brand for crayons and other children’s art products.  But they didn’t start out that way, and they didn’t even start in that industry.  Founded as Binney & Smith in New York City in 1885, the company initially made industrial colorations and pigments.  It wasn’t until 1902 (17 years later) that Binney & Smith sold its first crayon and 1903 that the company launched the Crayola brand.  In 1984, Hallmark Cards acquired the company, and in 2007, Hallmark finally retired the “Binney & Smith” name and replaced it with “Crayola LLC”.

Over those 100+ years the Crayola brand took off, allowing the company to grow its crayon line to include over 200 different colors and to launch sister products like markers, colored pencils, and the finger paint sets we’re reviewing today.

Like the Melissa and Doug and the Bazic finger paint sets that we reviewed earlier, the Crayola set only includes 4 colors (red, green, blue, and yellow).  But if that’s not enough color variety for your little artist, Crayola also offers another 4-color set of secondary colors, which might be useful because some Amazon reviewers report that color-mixing with the primary set doesn’t make great secondary colors.

Additionally, the Crayola finger paints don’t come in little screw-top plastic tubs.  They come in squeezable tubes thatprevent spilling, prevent accidental color-mixing, and make the paints generally cleaner and easier to use.

You may also want to note that some Amazon reviewers report that these “washable” finger paints still stain some fabrics, but this seems to be the case with all finger paints.

American Alternative Review:

Crayola is a fundamentally American company.  It was founded in New York and has since maintained factories and its headquarters in Pennsylvania.  Even its parent company, Hallmark Cards, is based in the USA (Missouri).

Unfortunately, Crayola doesn’t make all its products in those Pennsylvania factories anymore.  The company now maintains factories in other countries such as Mexico and uses several international contracting arrangements to produce its full line of products.  So when buying, make sure you check out the label on each individual Crayola product to see where it’s made.

Fortunately, the Crayola representative that I spoke to confirmed that both the Primary color-set and the Secondary color-set of Crayola Washable Finger Paints are made in America in their plant in Pennsylvania.  That includes the packaging, the squeeze-tubes, the materials used in the packaging, and the paints themselves.

5/5 stars

You can check out the Primary-color set here.

Or the Secondary-color set here.

You might also want to consider the Clementine Natural Paint Set which is completely natural instead of just “non-toxic” and comes in a 6-color set instead of just a 4-color set (so you don’t have to buy both the Primary and Secondary Crayola sets just to get that perfect purple).


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