As Crayola Bloggers we have the not so difficult task of trying out their latest, exciting products. This time it was time to try our hand at making our very own marker pens with Crayola’s Marker Maker.
The Marker Maker kit contains everything needed to make 16 markers of your own colour choice including three bottles of ink (red, blue and yellow), barrels, tips, plugs and caps for the markers, cores to fill with ink as well and stickers to label your markers and two boxes to decorate and store your markers. The Marker Maker station looks a lot like a chemistry lab with test tubes to mix ink and tweezers to move ink filled cores and Imogen loved this making her feel like a proper alchemist.
To make your own marker you’ll first need to pop the tip into the barrel of your marker and place into the centre of the station. Then choose a colour from the colour mixing guide, this will tell you how much of each colour you’ll need to mix, next carefully squeeze the required ink into the test tube.
When your ink is ready carefully and slowly, using the tweezers, place one of the marker cores into the test tube and wait for it to soak up all of the ink. This doesn’t take too long and there are two test tubes so you have get a proper little production line going.
With all the ink soaked into the core you’ll then need to use to tweezers again to place it into the marker barrel, then pop on the plug and press down on the lever and listen for it to click twice. You need quite a lot of strength to do this so it was quite literally a case of all hands on deck!
When your marker is ready all you need to do is label it!
Imogen loved mixing the colours, watching the ink being soaked up and assembling her own markers. She made a huge variety of different coloured markers and took great pride in colouring in her box to safely store them away. Joseph joined in too and learnt an awful lot about colour mixing which he proudly shared with his nursery teachers and gained himself extra brownie points for!
The Crayola Marker Maker is available from Amazon and other toy retailers priced at £19.99 and would make an awesome Christmas present for the any crafty, creative child.