At the age of 5 my son was gifted a set of Crayola Bath Gel pens. I had heard of them before but never tried them, worrying that they were too messy or stained the tub. Since they were a gift I decided to try them.
My set came with 3 bath gel pens and a small washcloth. The gel pens I had were red, blue and green. They are housed in a soft plastic tube and see through. They each have a red plastic tip on them.
To use you just the tip to the “out” position (just pull on it a little and it “pops” open, like many dishwashing soap containers). The idea is to squeeze on either side of the soft tube and the colored product squeezes out.
For us, my son adored this set, and the set lasted us a year of use off and on. In part because he “graduated” from taking baths most days, as he relies on showers for most of his needs, but takes baths some times just for fun. A year later, “Mommy can I have a crayon PLEASE?!” is the first thing he always says.
To use, typically the kids ask me to open the pen by pulling out the cap – this is something they weren’t able to get on their own. They are able though to squeeze the soft product and “draw” pictures, words and squiggles on arms, stomach and legs. The colored line looks a little like those gel pens you paint of fabric with. When they later rub the product it soaps off onto their skin and into the water – but don’t think of it as a good cleaning product, because it isn’t. It’s more for fun. The soap isn’t high volume and doesn’t really do much, and you do have to rub a little to get all the color to disappear. The kids never seem to mind.
For us these have been really long lasting, and while not a lot of product comes out, it’s just the right amount for them to use without the whole tub getting messy.
So when I later on had two little girls, I bought them packs of Crayola Bath Gel Pens to share, and they love them as well!
Admittedly the washcloth is pretty flimsy and useless – but the gel pens have been a huge hit in our house! Crayola Bath Gel Pens have been tons of fun!