Giving the kids a bath is NOT my favorite thing! In fact, I try to have my husband do it whenever possible. The kids are always splashing water outside of the tub, fighting over bath toys, and whining when it’s time to get washed. Plus, bath toys always seem to get grimy and gross no matter how diligent I try to be about washing and drying them. So, when I find a product that is designed to entertain the kids in the tub that doesn’t involve a lot of cleaning and maintaining, I like to give it a try. While recently on a shopping trip my 4 year old son saw the Crayola bath markers and begged me to buy them. They looked bright and colorful and we have had good experiences with the bath crayons so I decided to give them a try. The package included 5 brightly colored markers with cute names which included little boy blue, firefly red, inch worm green, copper penny orange, and purple pizzazz. The package stated that the markers were nontoxic and would wash off easily with soap and water. Directions stated that the markers could be activated by pressing the tip of the marker against the tub wall. Sounded easy enough. I bought the markers for $4 and my son was so excited to try them. We were going out of town that evening so he had to wait 5 days to use them and the anticipation was killing him. The night we got home from vacation he begged to take a bath which was a welcome change! My son could hardly wait for my husband to open the package and he immediately grabbed the blue marker out of his hand. Unfortunately, he was very disappointed! My son went to draw with it on the tub wall and nothing happened. We explained to him that he needed to press the tip all the way down while drawing with the marker but it was little more than a blurry mess of color. My 3 year old daughter grabbed one too and also had trouble making the marker work as we expected it would. We thought that maybe the kids were having trouble keeping the tip pressed down so we both tried and the results were no better. Then, we thought that maybe it was just turning into a blob of color because the part of the tub they were drawing on was wet. It was then that I took the little boy blue marker and tried drawing on a dry part of the tub wall. It was not much better and certainly did leave a “little boy blue” as well as a little girl!
That look says it all! In our opinion they were a complete waste of money. Granted, it was only $4 but still! We work hard for our money and I hate it when a product doesn’t work like it is supposed to. The color did wash off easily but that is of little consolation since they didn’t go on as expected. We really like Crayola bath crayons and color bath drops but we will not be buying the bath markers again. In fact, they will not even be used in the bath again. I gave them to the kids to draw with on paper and honestly, I think they worked better on paper than they did in the tub as they were intended for.