"Wipe Away" Colouring set
A set produced by Dekkertoys Ltd of St.Albans in 1997 [ mirrors an earlier 1960's Camberwick version shown here ]
The box is approximately 11.5" x 9.25"
The contents,exactly as listed on the box,are as follows:-
- Reusable plastic colouring sheet.Size approx. 39.5" (100cm) square. [shown in full in next photo]
- 8 non toxic wax crayons [shown in last photo]
- and cleaning cloth [shown in last photo]
Despite being fairly recent in Trumptonalia terms,it's still quite old in the fast moving world of kids' toys.
A fact given away by being the "product of more than country" when practically every toy's made in China these days.
With whiteboard pens presumably replacing the crayons if it were made now.
And it's even older than the 1997 date would appear,because there was a very similar Camberwick set produced back in the 1960's [link at top of page]
Any good ?
Well,only a pre-school child would know the answer to that.
But I never let that get in the way of expressing an opinion of course.And I just wonder how long it would take for your wipe-away sheet to suffer permanent discolouration ? Because everyone knows how unforgiving crayons can be.
And particularly when the "wipe away cloth" that's supplied isn't some magically impregnated product,but just a bog-standard "J cloth" -for anyone who remembers those.
And I can't imagine it was much fun trying to crayon a large,unwieldly plastic sheet either to be honest.Particularly as it doesn't lie particularly flat and needs to be held down to stop it sliding about.
And that's quite apart from the ridiculous amount of detail you're asking a pre-schooler to fill in with a bunch of stub-nosed implements.Which is a bit like giving Michaelangelo a broom and telling him to paint the Sistine Chapel.
Then again,I used to get an ulcer doing painting-by-numbers,so maybe I'm not the best person to judge.
This note would've been a lot more useful if it had been printed on the box of course,rather than plonked inside.
But why let a few helpful facts get in the way of a sale ?
2 burning questions it doesn't answer ......
1} Why did people keep buying "J Cloths" when they weren't even fit for the most basic of tasks ? and ........
2} Should wax crayons be banned until they can be successfully sharpened in a pencil sharpener ?