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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