Chalkola Chalk Marker Review (PLUS a Giveaway and Discount Code!)

Chalkola Chalk Marker Pens

My boys love doing anything arty – basically anything that is guaranteed to make a mess – so when we were kindly offered the chance to review some chalk markers by Chalkola, they were more happy to give them a whirl. I on the other hand, was rather excited because I have a nice little chalkboard pillar in the kitchen that was crying out for some snazzy pens to use on it rather than a small piece of green chalk that the toddler has mostly eaten. Seriously, give the kid some peas and he shouts, “yuck!“, and lobs them about the dinner table but give him a piece of chalk to draw with, “Mmmm, yummy!“. I’ll never understand what goes through their brain boxes sometimes.

We were sent 2 different packs which we have reviewed below and Chalkola are also offering you wonderful Knutters a fab 15% saving on purchases. Read on for the code!

Chalkola chalk markers are designed to work on blackboards, whiteboards, glass, plastic and other non-porous surfaces. We tried them out on our kitchen chalk board, which is a pillar wall in our kitchen that we have coated in blackboard paint, and on the glass on our french doors.

Zak really enjoyed using the chunky chalkboard pens to draw on the glass. He said it was a bit like painting – the pens draw just like a marker pen but the ink flows and looks just like paint. Luke preferred to use the thinner pens to write and spent a good 10 minutes pretending he was a teacher. He did some maths sums and then got bored because Ben (who is 3) answered, “2!“, to everything he was asked so he began drawing Pokemon instead. Ben spent his time drawing squiggles and I was watching him like a hawk in case he diverted his attention to my walls instead of the glass on the doors! Thankfully he didn’t but there’s always a next time.

Here are the things we liked about the Chalkola chalk pens:

  • The ink dries pretty quickly and doesn’t smudge or rub off when you rub your hand over it. Perfect if you are a teacher and want to write a notice on the classroom window for the parents to see!
  • We always end up with the floor, hands and faces covered in colourful chalk dust as the kids are drawing – this is avoided with the pens (as long as you don’t have a toddler with a penchant for drawing on themselves that is).
  • The colours are much bolder and brighter than traditional chalk and there is more variety of colour.
  • The chalk markers easily wash away with a wet cloth or baby wipe – although it’s best to test a small area with the markers first just to ensure they will actually come off. I did this on my chalkboard wall. Because it’s blackboard paint, it does say that the marker could penetrate the paint so err on the side of caution to begin with as they may leave marks on some surfaces.
  • Although Ben managed to some of the chalk marker pen on his jumper, it washed off  easily in the washing machine without any issues.
  • You can also use the pens on paper or card so they are ideal for crafts, especially on black paper.

My eldest two boys (9 and 7) loved using the pens and ask almost daily to have a go with them on the back doors. Ben needs constant supervision with them because, to be honest, he’s a bit of a menace, but he also loves them and the novelty of being allowed to draw on something other than paper was epically exciting for him!

Chalkola pens are not recommended for children under 3 years of age.

 I had a lovely time (when all the kids were at school with some music on and a cup of coffee – bliss) having a go with the markers. I decided to try and draw some pot plants which are a bit naff but that’s not a reflection on the markers, it’s my terrible art skills! I like the boldness of colour you get from them and the metallic ones looked ace on my Chalkboard wall. I used trusty old baby wipes to get the marker off my painted chalk wall and they worked a treat. Magic eraser also works according to the Chalkola website.

I can see these pens being a fab addition to any classroom. Teachers and children alike will find all sorts of uses for them and I can well imagine things like spelling and maths would be great fun if you’re a kid and you’re allowed to draw on the glass on the classroom doors!

Win your own set of 21 Chalkola markers!

You guys can stand a chance of winning your own set of Chalkola markers! Even if you don’t have a use for them, maybe you could enter to see if you can win some to donate to your child’s school? I am sure they would be greatly appreciated.

The competition opens at 12am on 13/04/2017.

The closing date for this Rafflecopter giveaway is midnight on Wednesday 19th April.

The winner will be selected at random and contacted by myself within 48 hours of the competition closing.

Chalkola will arrange to send the prize of 21 chalk markers out to the lucky winner (prizes can only be sent to UK addresses so I am afraid this competition is for UK residents alone).

Good luck Knutters!

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Save 15% on Chalkola pens at Amazon

Chalkola pens are now available to buy on Amazon and Life is Knutts readers can save 15% by using the code;


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Set of 8 large 15mm markers


Box of 21 chalk pens, including 6 metallic colours 

Disclosure: We were kindly sent 2 packs of Chalkola pens in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.



  1. Fiona
    April 14, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the comp, these look great.

  2. Heather Haihg
    April 14, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    The pens look fabulous and would be great for decorating and labelling pots and jars and baubles.

  3. Tracy Nixon
    April 14, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Both my daughter and me would enjoy using these pens! Thank you for the review and giveaway!

  4. alison
    April 14, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    I would love these pens!

  5. Lorraine Stone
    April 14, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Happy Easter. LOVE the pens, great for so many crafting projects.

  6. Deborah Curwen
    April 14, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Love that they are so versatile. I think we’d end up doing a stained glass window effect in her room and watch the colours reflect on the walls!

  7. stuart hargreaves
    April 14, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Lovely .lovely, lovely , lovely, the beatles only did 3 words together you deserve 4

  8. Sarah Mackay
    April 14, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    These look brilliant

  9. Sam McKean
    April 14, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Thank you for running such a fabby giveaway! These look awesome!

  10. Lisa
    April 14, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    These are fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway

  11. Sidrah
    April 15, 2017 / 1:41 am

    Excellent giveaway

  12. Farhana
    April 15, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    I’ve had great things about these markers so would love to try them

  13. Lorraine
    April 15, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Thank you for the competition, these markers look great. Thought you might like to know that one of your twitter links is incomplete on your rafflecopter

  14. Rich Tyler
    April 15, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    My little boys would love these

  15. Solange
    April 16, 2017 / 5:38 am

    Love the Spring picture.

  16. Bex allum
    April 16, 2017 / 9:21 am

    These look amazing and are on my daughters birthday list.

  17. April 16, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Lovely prize,would love to see what my son would draw with these

  18. Linda Ford
    April 17, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I haven’t seen anything like these before! My boys are 11 & 9, both dyspraxic, so can be a bit messy so good to know these clean up!

  19. Keshia Esgate
    April 17, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    would love these thank you

  20. Sheri man's Darby
    April 17, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    These look great fun

  21. Patricia Avery
    April 17, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    My grandchildren would have fun with these 🙂

  22. April 17, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    We could have lots of fun with these, I want to put a chalkboard up in the garden so these would go great

  23. Andrew Hindley
    April 17, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    many thanks for th wonderful blog and the giveaway 🙂

  24. Maria Jane Knight
    April 17, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    We would have hours of fun with these!!!

  25. Katy Malkin
    April 17, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    They look great. Lots to keep kids creative

  26. Jo Carroll
    April 17, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Hey…I love your artwork – it’s an expression of one’s self 😉 x

  27. Andrea Upton
    April 17, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    These look good and would be really good for lots of uses

    April 17, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Great prize love the window paintings x

  29. Helen Tovell
    April 17, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    These will be great for decorating some plain tea light holders I have

  30. Sammy J Williams
    April 18, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Thank you for the offer of entering the fantastic competition. Good luck everyone. Fingers crossed. These will keep the little ones amused for hours.

  31. Katie Skeoch
    April 18, 2017 / 12:27 am

    Perfect for some holiday colouring & crafting with my boys

  32. Sarah Parker
    April 18, 2017 / 6:58 am

    great competition

  33. Sammie Hodges
    April 18, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    These really do look fab!

  34. Hayley F
    April 18, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    my nephews would love these x

  35. elaine norrie
    April 18, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    My Niece would love a set of these she is so Artistic

  36. Diana
    April 18, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    My daughter would love these! 🙂

  37. April 18, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    these look plenty of fun 🙂

  38. May 2, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the sharing useful content regarding Marker!

  39. January 30, 2020 / 11:07 am

    it was a great read! i love reading about chalk marker, pens etc as i have deep interest in arts!

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