We were recently sent a set of 10 Chalkola pens to try out around the house and I was pleased – I bought a chalk marker for my kitchen some months back and it was really so much easier and more effective than using normal chalk. I was pleased.
I had no idea how much I was going to love the Chalkola pens. I mean, I like stationary as much as the next person, but I don’t really have a thing for it, you know?
Well, Chalkola pens are my new favourite thing. I’m not kidding. When I found them in the living room with no lids on, I put them in a box and hid them above the fridge where the children neither know that they are, nor can reach them. I may have said something about them being MINE! ALL MINE! too.
The pack of comes with 10 Chalkola pens with colours including white, black, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, brown and purple.
The colour are so vibrant and bold, there’s no mistaking what’s been written or drawn. They dry quickly, so you don’t have much chance for smudging, and they stay in place – well, indefinitely, at this point. You can’t smudge it simply by touching it either – you need a wet cloth to wipe it off, at which point it comes off really easily. A wet cloth to wipe, a dry cloth to polish off the residue.
Here are some of the things we’ve done with our Chalkola pens over the last few weeks:
1. Write notes & make lists on our kitchen chalkboard
Using a good old fashioned chalk board, these markers are brilliant. I mean that – the colours are brilliant. At first you have to dab the nib a little to flood it with colour, but once it’s ready, it’s great. The colours are so vibrant, it just lends itself to feeling cheery!
I don’t suppose you really want to eat off plates that have pen marks all over them, but the kids thought it was Christmas, being able to draw on plates!
3. Colouring on Windows and Glass Doors
Drawing on windows and walls is not normally allowed, because, well, the landlord is no fun. But with the Chalkola pens and strict instructions to keep it on the windows, drawing on the windows turns into a superb way to spend an hour on a rainy day. Later, a warm cloth wipes it off with no fuss, and a soft cloth removes all the streaks from the window.
I don’t know what the environmental impact of Chalkola pens is, but I do like that we have gone through a whole lot less paper recently!
4. Chalkola Pens For Educational Purposes
More than just drawing and colouring, we’ve been using our markers for educational purposes too! Using the windows as a whiteboard means I don’t have to have board up in the house, or charts on the wall. It’s nice to have options!
I guess these were what the makers of Chalkola had in mind all along, and they have their own brand of Chalkola Labels, which are great. They come in a variety of fun shapes, and can be stuck, and restuck. I have some on my freezer containers so that I can add the name of the food going into the freezer with the date, and they hold well. I haven’t tried putting them through the dishwasher (because I don’t have one!) but I’d imagine they’d become unstuck, so I wouldn’t try that. They do wash fine though, if you give the lids a wipe.
I’m so pleased with these Chalkola pens. Would I have picked them out of an Amazon list? Probably not. Will I replace them when their time is done? Definitely!