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colouring pencils that don't break?

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OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 28-Aug-08 14:05:09

Any recommendations? I'm a bit fed up of pencils that break as soon as they get dropped on the floor and end up chucking loads out.

traceybath Thu 28-Aug-08 14:07:08

i think the lyra colouring pencils are by far the nicest - lovely colours and last for ages with a heavy handed 4 year old

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 28-Aug-08 14:10:23

I've not heard of those, where do you get them? - thanks

Marina Thu 28-Aug-08 14:10:49

Stabilo. Art shops and large stationers.
We have about 25 and the other week was the first time in 4 years I sharpened one and the lead had snapped...
We went the route of selective colouring materials after years of cheaper bulk buys resulted in loads of breakages, dud felt-tips etc
Caran d'Ache are also good but possibly a bit luxe for younger children

Swedes Thu 28-Aug-08 14:12:26

I'll second Caran D'Ache

southeastastra Thu 28-Aug-08 14:13:14

lyra ferby are great we use them at work, sturdy things

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 28-Aug-08 14:14:24

I think I'm going to have to go to the art shop in town then - Partners just don't have a classy range lol!!!
Thanks for the recommendations

Swedes Thu 28-Aug-08 14:16:44

Partners? Do you live somewhere in County Durham?

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 28-Aug-08 14:23:44

No, am in southern england
actually since we got back from our hols it seems to have changed into a Rymans - but old habits....

Swedes Thu 28-Aug-08 14:39:00

Ah. The only Partners I've ever known was in Barnard Castle in Co. Durham.

MilaMae Thu 28-Aug-08 17:39:01

The Crayola ones that came in the Bookstart pack are quite good. We have some Faber-Castell ones which are also good.

I kitted my 3 out with Berol felt tips cost me a fortune but won't ever need to buy any more. Nice colours, they wash out,nibs don't disappear and they don't dry out if the cap gets left off.

nooonit Thu 28-Aug-08 17:49:18

Another vote for Lyra Ferby - lovely lovely crayons (rather excessive description but I DO like my stationery!)Great colours and with being triangular good for little ones to hold 'correctly'.

We've also had some "twist up" crayons - Staples own version in plastic casing. They lasted really well and were great to take out and about with no need for sharpening.

MilaMae Thu 28-Aug-08 17:57:12

We have the twist up Staples ones too. The mini pack is brilliant for travelling, they are really bright colours too.

MilaMae Thu 28-Aug-08 17:57:42

Don't wind them up too far though smile

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