Art supplies for children from Colour&Fun – review & giveaway

Children’s art supplies are a delicate subject when you have two children with a slight age gap. Felt tip pens have always caused arguments in our house. Libby is old enough to use them and loves to draw and colour in. Lia on the other hand, just can’t quite master them.

We had an incident a few months back where the end of the pen ended up in her mouth, which made her sick. And even on a good day, more pen ends up on her than on the paper. And don’t get me started on the mess she makes of the ends of the pens.

Check out the huge range of art supplies for children from Colour&Fun. Whether your child or baby is ready to pick up their first pen, or they're a teenager ready to have a go at watercolour, you'll find the pens, pencils and paints you need from Colour&Fun.

Enter Fibracolor baby colouring pens

When I saw the Fibracolor baby pens, I knew they were perfect for Lia. They have the same effect as normal felt tips, but the ends are round so they don’t tear or get pressed in. They’re also super-washable, they don’t stain and they have choke-proof caps.

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Lia has absolutely adopted these as her own. If anybody else wants to use one, they have to ask her. And the best thing is, she doesn’t really want to use Libby’s felt-tips because she prefers her own. My only regret is that we didn’t find them sooner. They’re suitable for age 1 and upwards and would have prevented a lot of arguments in our house if we’d had them when Lia was that age.

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Felt tips for older children

Since starting school, Libby has been getting really into writing, drawing and colouring. She loves to create her own little masterpieces and they have to be full of beautiful colours. The 100 Fibracolor Colori felt tips are perfect for her. The tips are conical in shape, so she can create a fine line of just 2mm, right up to a broad stroke of 4.5mm.

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They are also totally washable like the baby colouring pens. This means that if they get on her clothes, they come off in a normal wash. It also means that when they get on her hands, it only takes soap and water to get them off. I find that with colouring, Libby always ends up with pen on her as she puts her hand in the bit she’s just coloured in. It’s great being able to just send her upstairs to wash her hands rather than having to get the scrubbing brush out.

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Double ended felt tips

For children who find it difficult to get a fine line with a conical nib, Fibracolor have developed the double-ended felt tip. These have a thin end with a 2mm nib, and the other end is 4.5mm for broader lines. Both ends are exactly the same colour and there are a total of 24 colours in the pack.

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Libby loves the novelty of the double-ended pens and finds them easy to use for colouring in. She has only recently managed to colour in neatly. Using these pens seems like the childhood equivalent of using a roller for the walls and a small brush for cutting-in the edges. She has learnt to be careful, drawing patterns and creating her own little masterpieces, staying in the lines to fill in blocks of colour.

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When it’s all about the detail

If children are creating pictures or patterns that need precision without blocks of colour, the Fibracolor Colorito thin point pens are ideal. These ones come in a box of 36, offering a rainbow of colours. Like the other Fibracolor pens, these don’t stain and they wash off really easily.

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Lia is still a bit young for these pens as the precision tip is too delicate for her rather enthusiastic colouring. But for Libby, I have found that they’ve really encouraged her creativity. She’s never been a child who would spend a long time on crafts but she will now happily sit and draw or even write for a considerable amount of time.

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When you just need a little bit of magic

To get children interested in colouring and writing, sometimes it takes a little more than just plain pens. Libby had never heard of magic pens before, and strangely neither had my husband. But the Fibracolor colour changing magic pens are really quite exciting.

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Each pen has its own colour, and the lid is a different colour. Using the magic white pen, you can change the original colour to the colour on the lid. Libby loves these pens and has been really careful to look after them ‘so the magic doesn’t get lost’. Lia hasn’t had a look in with them at all, but I’m sure her time will come when she’s a bit older.

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Felt tips meet watercolours

The Fibracolor Aquarello pens are a totally new concept for me, and I think they’re brilliant. They are brush tip pens, but they act as both pens and watercolour paints. They are an incredible introduction to watercolour without the mess.

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To use them as watercolours, you just add a small amount of water on a paint brush. You can then use them in the same way as ordinary watercolours, creating a wash or a large block of colour. For more precise work, you can use the pens as they are, but the colour is a lot brighter than it is with the water. My girls have also taken to dipping the end of the pen into some water to get the watercolour effect without the use of a paint brush.

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The pencil rainbow

As well as the pens, Colour&Fun kindly sent us a huge pack of 192 rainbow colouring pencils. These are great quality pencils that are easy to use and the leads aren’t brittle like some. They easily survive the over-enthusiastic colouring of small children and sharpen well.

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There are 12 colours in the box, each one being nice and bright. Every pencil has space for a child to write their name on it. With a box this size of multiple colours, there aren’t even any arguments over both of them wanting the same pencil. What a relief!

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Building a robot

Eventually, children want to take crafting to the next level and build something rather than drawing it. The MyBuild toy base defender robot is the perfect challenge for a technically minded child. It has versatile pieces that are compatible with other brands and it contains core bricks that allow you to build on every side.

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This is aimed at children aged six and over, so my two are a little bit young for it. The instruction book is really clear, with large pictures and no words to read. As the children were a bit young, I gave this one a go myself. I have to admit I found it quite difficult, but I’m told the average six year old would have coped fine with it. It’s also a great activity for the family to work together on, and something I’ll try with my two when they’re a bit older.

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Painting without the mess

My girls love to paint. If they could, they’d get the paints, paper, brushes and water out every day. But clearly, that’s far too much mess and bother. Enter the Little Brian paint sticks. These look a bit like glue sticks and work in the same way. You just take the lid off and dab them straight onto the paper.

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The end is quite large on these, meaning they’re no good for precision work. But for children who love painting, they’re just perfect. The girls can now grab the paints and paper and just sit to the table and paint. You can even use them on glass and plastic – or just for drawing around your feet without making a mess!

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If you’d like to win a pack of the fabulous Little Brian paint sticks, you can enter using the Rafflecopter below. Please read my competition terms and conditions before entering. Don’t forget to check out my other competitions too, there are some brilliant prizes up for grabs.

 

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Please note, these items were sent to me free of charge to allow me to produce an honest review and I was compensated for my time to create this post. This post also contains affiliate links.

65 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    February 14, 2017 / 5:56 am

    I love the colour changing magic pens as I think they would fascinate any young child!

  2. February 14, 2017 / 7:08 am

    I have exactly the same problem with my girls and felt tip pens. Those pens for Lia look like a great idea for my Holly, she would love them. Alice would love those magic pens, in fact Alice would love it all. She is so into her writing and colouring at the moment. We have those paint sticks, they are great I recommend them to all my friends. X
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  3. iain maciver
    February 14, 2017 / 9:39 am

    the colour changing magic pens exciting for the kids

  4. Jo Glasspool
    February 14, 2017 / 10:25 am

    The same as you, my daughter loves to paint but not clear up her mess. This would be great and save time.

  5. Margaret Gallagher
    February 14, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Colour changing magic pens are my favourite so we can learn and have fun

  6. Tracy Hanley
    February 14, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I love the Fibracolor Colour Change Magic Pens, my granddaughter would love them

  7. Erin Thomas
    February 14, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    The colour changing magic pens because they’re cool and my 4 year old would love them.

  8. Andrea Fletcher
    February 14, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    The colour changing pens because they would be great fun.

  9. Anthony Harrington
    February 14, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    has to be the colour changing magic pens – they look fab!

  10. Ruth Harwood
    February 15, 2017 / 10:21 am

    the colour changing magic pens look awesome!!

  11. karen hill
    February 15, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    The colour changing magic pens look lots of fun x

  12. February 15, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Hi Nat, what a wonderful collection of art supplies you have now and they’ll provide hours of entertainment no doubt. I’m actually a bit envious of the pencils. I bought myself a set of 70 colouring pencils and was chuffed with that, but if I had 192 I’d be sorting them into colours.

    I can’t believe you or your husband have not heard of magic pens! And there I was thinking I lived under a rock. They are fab, to be honest my two never got a look in!

    xx
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  13. February 15, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Wow my girls would be in their absolute element with all of those felt tips and colouring pencils! To be fair, I think I would be quite excited too, is that weird? I don’t care. I have an urge to colour in now. Seriously though, I find the best way to encourage the kids to be creative is to have a good range of fantastic quality materials for them to use and it looks like that’s exactly what you’ve got! Now be honest, how many lids have you lost so far? Hehe xx

  14. Martina Pichova
    February 15, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I agree with your choice. I want to encourage my kids to be creative but don’t like the mess that usually comes with it.

  15. Iris Tilley
    February 15, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    The words magic and colour changing sounds exciting sounds fun to use

  16. Sam Rhodes
    February 16, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    I think my son would love the colour changing magic pens x

  17. kate kathurima
    February 16, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    colour changing sounds fun and would keep both my children happy for hours

  18. Peter Watson
    February 18, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    The Little Brian paint sticks would be ideal for my grandaughter and her mum in less mess to have to clear up.

  19. Sarah Mackay
    February 19, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Love the look of Fibracolor I-Deco T-shirt Fibre Pens

  20. Heather Haigh
    February 19, 2017 / 8:19 am

    The colour changing magic pens because we all love a bit of magic.

  21. janine atkin
    February 21, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    the paint sticks- i much prefer no mess!

  22. Solange
    February 23, 2017 / 2:47 am

    My daughter would love the Fibracolor Colour Change Magic Pens.

  23. Sandra Fortune
    February 23, 2017 / 10:54 am

    The colour changing g pens but the brush sticks look good too

  24. Ema J Lowe
    February 23, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    i like the magic colouring pens, reminds me of when I was young, I really enjoyed using mine

  25. jo liddement
    February 23, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I love the look of the Little Brian Paint Sticks because they look neat and don’t make a mess

  26. Sue McCarthy
    February 24, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    I like the colour changing pens

  27. lucy higgins
    February 25, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    the colour changing pens as my nieces would love them!

  28. Amanda
    February 25, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    The colour changing pens as my special boy would think that was magic

  29. Rebecca Nisbet
    February 25, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    i like the box of 100 felt tips, my daughter would be in her element with that amount!

  30. Harline parkin
    February 26, 2017 / 11:12 am

    The paint sticks are brilliant anything that’s not so messy is great

  31. MANDY DOHERTY
    February 26, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    The Colour Changing Magic Pens would be a big hit with my grandchildren

  32. Lorna Ledger
    February 28, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    The Double ended felt tip, my daughter is really good at drawing Manga – my niece and nephew would lurve the rest x

  33. Susan Smith
    March 1, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Love the colour changing pens, my granddaughter has had great fun colouring with them

  34. Kirsty Woods
    March 2, 2017 / 7:28 am

    I love the colour changing magic pens

  35. Stevie
    March 2, 2017 / 9:45 am

    We love crafting on Sunday afternoons with my niece’s. I’d pick the Fibracolor Aquarello Brush Tip Colouring Fibrepens Super Washable.

  36. jen s morgan
    March 2, 2017 / 10:11 am

    My kids would love the changing colour magic pens. Great giveaway perfect for keeping the kids entertained x

  37. Danielle Cresswell
    March 2, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    My son like the look of the colour changing pens. He loves doing crafts

  38. Jayne Townson
    March 3, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I like the Fibracolor colour changing magic pens, as they look good fun. I used to have some pens like these as a child and I loved them.

  39. amy bondoc
    March 4, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    the colouring changing pens look fun for the kids!

  40. March 5, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    I like the Fibracolor Aquarello Brush Tip Colouring Fibrepens Super Washable

  41. Kim Styles
    March 5, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    The Fibracolor Aquarello pens look amazing -we love to paint on watercolours in our family and this is a great introduction into a family hobby

  42. Allan Fullarton
    March 8, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Love the colour changing magic pens! Great!

  43. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    March 9, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    The baby pens – being washable really helps when they get on clothes etc.

  44. Anthea Holloway
    March 9, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    The paint sticks seem really easy to use and far less messy than paints.

  45. Kim Neville
    March 10, 2017 / 8:04 am

    My son would like the Fibracolor colour changing magic pens as not seen before and will think they are magic

  46. Jo Hutchinson
    March 10, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    the Fibracolor Colour Change Magic Pens look great fun.

  47. Nicole Frances
    March 10, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Fibracolour acquarello because they’re a 2 in 1 and safe to use with the kids!

  48. Gina M
    March 10, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    The colour changing magic pens I used to love them as a kid

  49. Lia Burns
    March 10, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    The baby colour were a god send to us! My daughter wanted to copy her siblings and these meant she could x

  50. Patricia Avery
    March 11, 2017 / 9:25 am

    My grandchildren would love the colour changing pens because they are something a bit different 🙂

  51. Ben Robb
    March 11, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Colour changing pens are magical!

  52. Derek Wilson
    March 11, 2017 / 11:53 am

    The Colour Change Magic Pens – my niece Solara would love them. x

  53. Donna W
    March 11, 2017 / 11:59 am

    The paint sticks look great – the less mess for rainy day fun, the better!

  54. Tricia cowell
    March 11, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    I know my Grandson would love the colour changing magic pens, he would have fun with them

  55. karen watt
    March 11, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    The Magic pens great fun

  56. Petra Hora
    March 12, 2017 / 7:08 am

    Fibracolour acquarello looks great!

  57. Linda Ford
    March 12, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I like the paint sticks, no need for brushes!

  58. A.E. ADKINS
    March 12, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Love the colour change pens as they are so versatile

  59. JULIE WARD
    March 12, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    The colour change magic pens, these would keep grandson quiet for a while (hopefully)

  60. Susan B
    March 12, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    The Fibracolor Aquarello brush tip pens are my fave as the children are getting older and wanting to try watercolour as well as using pens. These do both.

  61. Victoria Allum
    March 12, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    I would really love to try the Fibracolor Aquarello, also the baby color pens look great, safe and easy to use. Thanks for running this competition 🙂

  62. Natalie Crossan
    March 12, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    the colour changing magic pens xx

  63. Hayley F
    March 12, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    i think my nephew would love the colour changing magic pens.I might like a play to x

  64. tee simpson
    March 12, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    the colour cha nging magic pens as they allow my child to use various colours and learn about blending colours and the coulor spectrum

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