Lunables – Who are They and How did They Start?
I found out about Lunables through a post on Facebook. The small business sells solid gel crayons called Magic Waxi.
The business started after an occupational therapist discovered gel crayons while on holidays. She brought them home for the kids to use during their therapy sessions and needless to say the kids absolutely loved them. Unfortunately gel crayons weren’t readily available in Australia, so she teamed up with her daughter to create their own.
Perfect for Little Hands, the Maxi Waxi Jumbo Gel Crayons
Lunables Magic Waxi Jumbo Crayons are nothing like I have ever used before. It’s kind of like drawing with a lipstick. The colour glides onto the paper really easily and the colours are really vibrant. The Jumbo Crayons are thicker than regular pens, which means that they are easier to grip with little hands just learning to write.
There are twelve different colours in the Jumbo Crayons pack. As the crayons wear down (and when kids are as heavy handed as my boys are, they wear down pretty quickly) there is a twist bottom design to expose more of the colour. This means no need for a sharpener.
My younger son generally doesn’t really like drawing or colouring in, but as soon as he got his hands on the gel crayons, he was scribbling away like mad!
The jumbo crayons come in a handy plastic carry case, so they would be perfect for travel. Even though they have lids, unlike felt-tip markers, they won’t dry out with their lids off. The crayons are also water soluble, so any marks on hands and clothing easily wash out.
Gel Crayons are Not Just for Kids
I even did a little bit of colouring in my somewhat underused (did anyone else also have grand plans to colour as a way to relax?) Johanna Basford Secret Garden book. It’s a little hard to stay within the lines with such thick crayons but the colours blend well and you hardly need any pressure to get colour on the paper. I think the thinner gel crayons would be better if you wanted to use them for your own art!
Create Artworks in in the Bath or Shower
Lunables Magic Waxi gel crayons are water soluble and non toxic. This means the kids can use them in the bath or shower to draw! My boys had fun practising their letters on the bathtub and wall tiles. However the water did get very murky as the crayon was washed away from the surfaces and the tub needed a good scrub afterwards to get all the residue off.
The boys really loved the Lunables Magic Waxi Jumbo crayons. I would recommend these to all parents, teachers and therapists.
Just one more important thing to be aware of. Because of the soft texture of the crayons, they can be very messy. If crayon gets onto little fingers, everything they touch will also get coloured fingerprints over them! Luckily surfaces wipe clean with a damp cloth (or baby wipes) and the colour washes out of clothes!
Where You Can Get Your Own Lunables Gel Crayons
Visit the Lunables website and you can purchase your own sets of gel crayons.
$16.95 for a 12-pack of Magic Waxi Jumbo gel crayons
$10.95 for a 6-pack of Magic Waxi Neon gel crayons
$24.90 for the combo set.