Writing Utensils Review: What to Use to Write in Your Chatbook

on May 26, 2016

Your Father’s Day book would not be complete without special, personalized notes and drawings for Dad! Help your kids add the finishing touches to your Chatbook by filling in the illustrated prompts.  Here is our review for common writing utensils: 

1. Crayola Twistables Crayons:

The Crayola Twistables work well for adults and kids alike! These were our favorite choice.

Smearing: None
Bleed-through:None
Vibrance: 
Kid-proof:  ✓
Color Variety: ✓
5/5

2. Papermate Marker Pen:

Awesome option for vibrance, just make sure to let the ink dry before touching it. We definitely liked these!

Smearing: None
Bleed-through: Little
Vibrance: 
Kid-proof:  ✓
Color Variety: ✓
5/5

3. Crayola Crayons:

Your basic crayon works pretty well. Be gentle when you brush away the crayon flakes though so you don’t smear your drawing.

Smearing:None, but some flaking
Bleed-through:Little to none
Vibrance:
Kid-proof:
Color Variety:
4/5

4. Crayola Washable Markers:

Great vibrance, just wait for the ink to dry and avoid coloring too hard

Smearing:None
Bleed-through: None, just don’t press too hard
Vibrance:
Kid-proof:
Color Variety:
4/5

5. Sharpie Neon Permanent Marker:

Great for a pop of color if you’re comfortable with permanent markers.

Smearing: None
Bleed-through: None
Vibrance:
Kid-proof: No; permanent markers can be tricky with kids
Color Variety: Low
3/5

6. Crayola Colored Pencils:

Colored pencils are hard to see and tend to flake

Smearing:None
Bleed-through:None
Vibrance:Low
Kid proof:
Color variety:
3/5

7. Gel Pens:

Even if you’re patient and blot your work, gel pens still smear. 

Smearing: Lots!
Bleed-through: Little to none
Vibrance: ✓
Kid-proof: The high smearing factor makes these difficult for kids (and adults too)
Color variety: ✓
2/5

Now get started on personalizing your Father’s Day Dadventure Book!

*All of these products are found on Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, office supply stores, etc.*