If you’re looking for something to brighten up your next craft project, or you need an activity to help keep the kids entertained, then Chalkola chalk markers could be just what you’re after. They’re easy to use, quick to clean up, and come in lots of gorgeous colours.
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We were very kindly gifted a box of Chalkola chalk markers this month, and obviously, I was super excited to try them out. I didn’t really know what to expect having never used anything like this before, but I knew that we’d have a lot of fun testing them out.
So what are Chalkola chalk markers?
Chalkola chalk markers are essentially chalk, but in a pen! As well as being able to get creative on a chalkboard, you can also use them on lots of other surfaces too. They write beautifully, the colours are vibrant, and you don’t get that dreaded chalk dust everywhere.
Depending on what surfaces you use them on, they’re totally reusable too. And that means that they’ll provide hours of entertainment for the little ones.
How do they work?
The markers are super easy to use. All you have to do is give them a good shake, press the nib down a few times to get the ink flowing, and then you’re good to go.
What can you use them on?
Chalkola chalk markers work on both porous and non-porous surfaces. When you use them on non-porous surfaces you can easily wipe them off, but with porous surfaces they will be more permanent (which is good if you want your design to last).
Part of the fun with these markers is seeing what you can find around the house that you can draw on, and the different effects you can get.
We tried them on:
The dining room mirror – The markers worked so well on the mirror. The colours were vibrant, and the ink flowed really nicely. They’re super easy to clean off too. We just used a piece of kitchen roll and some window spray and it came right off.
Wood – Just about all of the colours worked really well on wood. The markers write beautifully, keep an even flow, and the colours don’t lose any of their brightness.
Plastic storage box – Plastic is another good one for these markers. It wasn’t as vibrant as the glass and wood, but it was still fun to do. As with the mirror, it cleaned off really easily too.
Paper/card – The chalk markers are very vibrant on card, especially darker colours. They show up really well and look almost like paint!
We used ours to decorate some letters that we’ve stuck on the wall, and they really stand out.
Are Chalkola chalk pens child friendly?
As stated on the Chalkola website – all products are non-toxic, xylene free and odour free – making them perfect for little ones to get creative with.
The only thing I would mention if you have young children is to make sure that they’re not too heavy handed. My 2 year old likes to really push the pens down, which makes the ink flow out quicker, and you don’t want the markers to run out too soon!
What can you do with them?
There are so many great ideas for these markers, and there are a lot that I want to try out for myself. A few of the things I’m thinking about giving a go are:
Meal plan menu – Pop a piece of coloured or patterned card in a picture frame, write your meal plan for the week on the glass on the front and then stick it on the wall. You can then wash it off at the weekend and write out a new one.
Window and mirror decorations – Decorate your windows for special occasions like birthdays, Halloween or Christmas.
Glass storage jars – Pick up some glass jars and use them for things like coffee, tea, pasta etc. You can write directly onto the outside or use a chalkboard label.
Wooden kids furniture – If you have any wooden furniture like toy boxes or wardrobes, why not try your hand at decorating them with some little pictures or words.
Upcycling – If you’re into upcycling, you could use the chalk markers to add some decoration to your wooden pieces. If you want to make sure it stays on, just pop some varnish over the top.
Chalkboard stickers on plant pots/herbs – Do you have some plants or herbs in the house that you want to keep track of? Chalkboard stickers are great to use with the markers for sticking on plant pots.
Our box of markers came with some chalkboard labels which would be great to use with some of the ideas above.
Having used the chalk markers for a couple of weeks now, I can say that they would definitely make a great addition to any craft cupboard. They’re fun to use for any age, don’t require much cleaning up, and are available in a range of amazing colours.
To grab your 10% discount, all you have to do is use the code ABCFAMILY10 on the Chalkola website. Easy peasy!