Crayola Outdoor Toys

While pumpkin spice may be the epitome of fall, nothing screams “warm weather and sunny days” quite like the first sightings of chalk creations all over school yards, sidewalks, driveways, and every crevice in between.

Season after season, Crayola constantly steps up their sidewalk chalk game, and this year is no different. New to Crayola’s 3-D chalk collection is their Neon 3D Washable Sidewalk Chalk set, which features electric colors bright enough—with a little help from 3-D vision—to virtually pop off the cement. The chalk set contains ultra-bright pigments that are even brighter when in the sun, which help it to create the 3-D effect. It includes six striking 4-inch-tall,  crayon-shaped chalk sticks that come in pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, and blue, as well as a pair of neon orange 3-D glasses.

There is no right or wrong way to use chalk, but there are some secrets to 3-D success. For starters, the set includes a variety of both warm and cool colors that—with the proper combination—make drawings pop off the pavement. Additionally, layers aren’t just for clothing; when kids’ neon chalk designs have layers, it helps the drawings to appear more dimensional than when they use a single color. And, when kids combine these two points, the results will speak for themselves. For example, layering warm and cool colors together are the key to vibrant 3-D images. When kids use the yellow chalk stick—a warm color—and pair it with the blue stick—a cool color—their drawing appears to lift off the surface.

Additionally, while all drawings with the 3-D chalk will have an extra touch to them, certain images give more of a 3-D look than others. Specifically, designs such as arrows, shapes, and swirls make for the best 3-D images, especially when the drawer applies it with force. Once kids pop their glasses on, the chalk art comes to life and appears to float above the floor.

The neon chalk is washable, and not only does it easily come off sidewalks with water (so your grumpy next door neighbor will have to find something else to complain about), but it also won’t leave permanent traces on clothes. The only downside to this set is that the colors wear away pretty easily, and will most likely only last for a portion of the season. The upside, however, is that the cost won’t break any parents’ banks, so replacing it isn’t too much of a hassle.

For kids who want to add a “wow” factor to their sidewalk chalk this year, Crayola’s Neon 3D Washable Sidewalk Chalk is a must-have. With bright colors that neighbors will spot from down the block to the special effects that the 3-D glasses add, chalk designs will be out of this world and, specifically, off the pavement.

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Stephanie Grassullo

Stephanie Grassullo

Stephanie Grassullo is an associate editor at Adventure Publishing Group. In addition to handling toy and licensing news and updates for The Toy Book and The Licensing Book, Stephanie also writes toy reviews and commentaries for the Toy Insider. When she’s not binge-watching old episodes of Gossip Girl, Stephanie is always game for Boggle tournaments—she’s the titleholder Boggle champion in her family, and proud of it! Stephanie firmly believes that there is no awkward moment that can’t be remedied with the help of Bop It. To get to know her better, follow her on Twitter @steph_grass.