Crayola Confusion

5-3-10                   7:35pm

I went to Walmart to buy markers yesterday. Classic washable markers. But I was so confused by the aisle. I don’t understand the wall of markers I was staring at. When I was growing up, markers were simple. Sharpies and highlighters stained. Everything else was washable. The only thing different was stamp markers that came out around 6th grade. Not so anymore.

Have you ever heard of dry erase crayons? And what the heck is a gel marker? Window markers? Markers that only write on certain paper? Paints activated by light? WHAT? (deep breath)

If I can’t understand what marker to use where, how is a 5 year old supposed to? My mom’s answer – they’ll just draw all over everything anyway. I can’t be the only one experiencing Crayola Confusion. What do you do? I can’t buy them all. And the prices don’t make sense either. The 8-count classic markers and 10-count are the same price but look different and are in different places. Come on! Help me out. Crayola should not be confusing.

© Michelle Routhieaux 2010

1 thought on “Crayola Confusion

  1. I agree about a lot of your Crayon confusion – experienced it myself.

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I have crayons at 50 years old. My favorites are my 24 pack of “Twistable” ones – they retract up and down with a twist like a lead pencil! A brillant idea – no more broken crayons – such a bummer.

    And yes, I have the erasables . . . . just in case I have a kid around . . . I’m the type who’d let them draw on any surface – so another erasablity is another brillant idea in MHO! Love the markers that write on glass or ceramic surfaces!

    As for the rest . . . . gotta remember how much competition Crayola has in terms of so many things . . . great software & Internet art fun for kids. Gotta keep reinventing themselves and, in many cases, trying to disquise the fact that they are just repackaging the same thing so it looks different.

    Still admit I’m confused about

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