Saturday, 15 November 2008 | Tags: , , , , ,

The most common tool used by creative kids, we wanted to find out if the brand of crayons makes a difference to the artist and the artwork.

The Basics

  • Most crayons are made with petroleum-based paraffin wax mixed with color pigments.

  • Non-petroleum crayons are available now too, made from soybean oil.

  • Both petroleum-based and soy-based crayons are non-toxic and therefore completely safe for kids.

Other Considerations

  • Some younger children do better with a thicker crayon since it is easier to grip. As motor skills develop, kids can handle a thinner crayon, which also gives them more control for finer details.

  • Washable crayons are a relatively new gimmick on the market and are, in fact, easily removed from counters and walls. But, so are regular crayons using a simple household cleaner (even baking soda) and some elbow grease. It may not be necessary to spend extra on washable.

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We tested these five different brands of crayons in a grade four art class:

  • Crayola: 8¢ each
  • Prang Soy: 12¢ each
  • Laurentien: 27¢ each
  • Crayola washable: 37¢ each
  • Prang Kantroll: 42¢ each

Art Test

  • The Prang Soy crayon had a small following who said they were easy to use and also had nice colours.

  • A few students gave an A to the extra strong Prang Kantroll crayons.

  • The most popular was the regular Crayola brand. They’re the perfect size with plenty of colour options.


The yellow box stayed true to its reputation as most of our young artists stood by the popular, long-standing regular Crayola brand.

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