American Mom Review of Crayon Rocks, Soy Crayons Made in USA
These crayon rocks literally feel silky when you hold them. They don't feel anything at all like typical stick crayons.
These crayons are made from Soy that is grown right here in the United States. They're molded and packaged in the United States too.
Being from Soy they're an environmentally sound choice because it's a renewable resource that's non-toxic and phthalate-free.
Regular stick crayons are made from traditional petroleum wax- not renewable and likely imported. Also let's be fair, kids stick things in their mouths, they eat things, and they eat crayons. If you catch your child eating these crayons they'll be okay! These are small enough however that they are a choking hazard and aren't for children under 3 years of age.
Barbara Lee invented them after being inspired by Jan Olsen, OTR, and the Handwriting Without Tears program. Barbara has a big heart and supports several charities.
These crayon rocks help to develop a good tripod grip. My three-year-old son immediately held the crayon rocks properly.
Notice how he holds a regular stick crayon without my coaching. It's completely awkward and stressed. I am convinced these rocks are an instinctive tool to help children learn fine motor skills that they can enjoy a tremendous amount.
The 16 color set that I am reviewing has beautiful shading options for more depth if you're feeling especially artistic. The only con I can see about these is my son cried a LOT when I took them away because he finally split one rock in two pieces after treating them..like rocks!