I ordered some crayon wallets from Mama May i a while back that have been a huge hit with Maia and Daphne. I gave them to the girls on the drive down to Atlanta last weekend and instead of being used briefly and then passed over for activity books and such, the girls used their crayon wallets much of the car ride down...
...and on and off throughout the weekend...
...and on the car ride back.
They even brought them into restaurants!
They traded crayons. Opened and folded the wallets. Argued and made up over (and with) crayons.
I was floored. You'd think they had never seen crayons before! And crayons aren't even usually their favorite drawing tool. But the two of them made drawing after drawing on the little paper pads that were included in the wallets.
Maia's friend Marlise joined in the draw fest while we were in Atlanta. They drew pictures for each other as we drove between their home and the best donut shop ever. And between their home and the aquarium. And between the aquarium and a little Lebanese cafe.
And it wasn't even over when we returned to Asheville! The crayon wallets stayed in the car for a few days, getting used on errands and in school pick up lines.
Considering a pack of Crayolas costs less than a dollar, it never occurred to me before to spring for a crayon wallet. But I'm a convert. If they add so much to the whole experience and elevate the humble crayon into a coveted drawing tool, inspiring hours of backseat creativity, then I will pay for a crayon wallet.
Besides, they're cute.
If you'd like to buy one (or three), here's the link for Mama May i's crayon wallets. Whether you break em out now or stash them away for a road trip, stocking stuffer, or birthday gift, I hope they are as big of a hit with your kids as they are with mine.
Besides the crayon wallets, Mama May i sells lots of quality toys and learning tools for children. We've enjoyed her balancing birds, matching games, and the count with me set, among others. When I offered to do a review post, my plan was to write about the counting set (pictured above), which I thought great for number recognition, but our experience with the crayon wallets made me switch gears. I couldn't not write about them!
By the way, Mama May i is offering Artful Parent readers 15% off their total order with the coupon code HANDMADEART, good through this Friday, October 25th (cannot be combined with other offers and doesn't apply to shipping costs).
Mama May i is one of my blog sponsors; all opinions expressed are my own.