On the Road Again...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

We are family that rarely, if ever, stays home...
Go go Go go GO...

It's what we do...

Lately, we've been going a little farther with some trips back *home* to North Dakota...
We've taken the trip more in the last couple of weeks than we have in the last couple of years - and while I'd like to say it gets easier as the kids get older - the reality is - it's still tough to be in the car for that length of time...Some things are easier yes, but it brings it's own set of challenges.
That, my friends, is why travel and Color Wonder are a perfect combination. With a variety of Color Wonder activities, children are free to express themselves and have mess-free fun, whether they’re strapped into the backseat of our vehicle or sitting somewhere they'd rather not be. (Read: A hospital waiting room.)

Kids love the way the colors magically reveal and parents love that there’s no clean up involved. Color only appears when the markers or paints meet Color Wonder paper, so there are no clothes to wash or hands to clean when you reach your final destination!

It's like the folks at Crayola & MyBlogSpark had a crystal ball & could see the last few weeks of our lives - when they generously gave us the following:

Crayola Color Wonder Lap Desk ~ provides a large, hard-top surface for kids to create on the go. The sturdy desk has a built-in handle and a soft detachable pillow that can be used as a storage unit for Color Wonder markers and paper. The Lap Desk is equipped with 12 re-stickable pieces of Color Wonder paper to keep kids’ drawings in place and 5 Color Wonder mess-free mini markers in red, orange, yellow, green and blue.


Crayola Color Wonder Fingerpaints & Paper ~ make the once impossible possible – fingerpainting in the car! The set includes clear, fast-drying gels that feel just like traditional fingerpaint. The set comes with 5 mess-free colors (red, yellow, green, blue and orange) in a hand-shaped storage container, a built-in finger cleaning sponge and 12 extra-wide sheets of Color Wonder paper. When kids are finished painting, they simply snap the fingerprint lids closed and paint stays fresh and ready to use again!



You'll notice that our finger painting pictures are at our cousin Heather's and not in the car - while it's true that they don't make huge messes like traditional paints do, they are still a little too messy for my liking when you are in a moving vehicle going 70 mph down a freeway with an hour until the next town...
While I love the fact that there is no real mess in terms of clothes, car seats, etc - there is only so much my little pack of wipes can clean off of fingers en route -



They are only three and four after all, and they REALLY get into that painting thing...the more gobs of paint on your hands = the more gobs of paint on your creation = the better your creation after all~!


Crayola Color Wonder Markers and Paper includes 5 Color Wonder markers and a 24-page Color Wonder drawing pad ~ where your kids can create anything they want while you’re on the road!

Crayola Color Wonder Stow & Go Studio ~ provides a solid, compact drawing surface with stay-put clips that can secure a single piece of paper or an entire Color Wonder activity book. Kids will enjoy creating with mess-free Color Wonder markers that make colors magically appear on special paper and reveal special hidden surprises.

Crayola Color Wonder Story Stampers ~ includes 5 Color Wonder markers in red, blue, green, purple and orange, a Color Wonder stamp pad, 6 sea creature stamps, and an 18-page coloring pad with undersea background settings. Each setting is unique, so every page will inspire a different fish tale just waiting to be told! Kids’ imaginations will take them beneath the sea as they stamp color sea creatures using the colorless Color Wonder stamp pad to create innovative stories and scenarios then can then color in. It's like high tide for your imagination!

We loved loved LOVED the stampers - and the kids even got Great Grandma involved in this activity! Which got me thinking - what a great gift for Grandma who does like to color ~ A great way to help keep up the hand eye coordination while doing something relaxing to pass the time!


And...drum roll pah - lease!

In addition to a money saving coupon you can get by simly clicking HERE -
Crayola & MyBlogSpark are offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win this very same prize pack! How AWESOME is that!?!

Don't have little ones at home?
Um, hello? Birthday present, Christmas present, or just to have on hand to save the day...
you do NOT want to miss out on the chance to win this awesome stuff!


Simply leave a comment here & you are entered...I'd love to hear how you pass the time on the road with kids, but it's not necessary to enter.

Are you a follower of this blog? GREAT! Bonus entry...

If you aren't - simply become one! (Leave a comment saying you are a follower!)

Get up to 2 additional bonus entries when you visit Crayola on Facebook or Crayola on Twitter and “Like” or “Follow” the brand to keep up with their latest and greatest fun-filled products.
Then come back and leave a comment for each of those 2 things -

(each person will have 4 chances to win this prize pack via random.org, winner will be drawn on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010)
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Thank you to Crayola & MyBlogSpark for providing these products for review & give away. I was not paid for this post. I really, truly believe that color wonder products are a gift from heaven.

35 comments:

Unplanned Cooking said...

Are you there next weekend? Want to meet up?

Laura said...

Oh, those long trips to Milwaukee would be soooo nice with this stuff. I already follow your blog!

Suzi said...

Love these Darcie! :)

Rachel said...

Since Nugget is too little read: not born yet. If I win I'll donate the set to the LLF for the Celebration of Hope Auction. Woot, woot!!!

Robin said...

These look great! I've looked at other travel lap desks before but they seemed flimsy...

On our road trips, we bring lots of books & each girl gets to bring a doll or two. We also stock up at the dollar store ahead of time & hand out little trinkets to keep things new. And, you know, to give them their cadmium fix for the year. (Kidding. I hope.)

Robin said...

Of course I follow Gust Gab!

Robin said...

I "like" Crayola on fb...

Robin said...

...and follow Crayola on Twitter.

And with that, I am done spamming your comments. :) Thanks for hosting this!

Mami2jcn said...

We like to tell stories on long car rides.

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Mami2jcn said...

I follow your blog.

Mami2jcn said...

I follow Crayola on Twitter @mami2jcn

Mami2jcn said...

I like Crayola on Facebook (Mary Happymommy)

andreaberg said...

Darcie - these are great! I use the portable DVD player...couldn't travel without it.

andreaberg said...

I am a follower

andreaberg said...

I "Like" crayola on FB.

andreaberg said...

I follow them on twitter!

Buck said...

These are awesome! Wonky might be a little young for them now but I'd totally save them for her. She's going to love art projects, I can just tell.

In the car my brother and I use to play the alphabet game (find each letter of the alphabet)and listen to Disney movie soundtracks. We grew up in the land of no tv in the car. :)

And I follow you, but not with the follow button, with the blogger dashboard google reader thing.

Lindsay said...

I'd love to win this. Thanks!

Lindsay said...

I'm following Crayola on Twitter - 89linz

Laura said...

I follow you!

Laura said...

I'm following crayola on twitter now!

Rachel said...

I follow you

Rachel said...

I like Crayola on FB

Rachel said...

and I follow them on twitter :)

Kari Shotley said...

We use the DVD player to pass time...but coloring activites do take place from time to time.

Jen said...

You get ALL that? I want. I want. I want. Especially the lap desk.

How do we pass time in the car? Playing find the (fill in the blank) and books and CDs.

Jen said...

Do I follow Gust Gab? Yeah, duh.

Jen said...

I follow Crayola on twitter.

Jen said...

And I like Crayola on FB.

Laurie said...

I follow you. We watch movies, read books and play games (I spy) to pass the time on road trips.

Laurie said...

I follow Crayola on Twitter

Laurie said...

and I like them on FB

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