- About Crayon Rocks
- Tips N Tricks
- Used by occupational therapists to develop fine motor skills.
- They were designed to strengthen the tripod grip muscles, preparing fingers and hands for handwriting.
- The colors are vibrant and can be layered to make beautifully textured art work.
- The shape allows small fingers to color in large, wide strokes creating pictures rich in color.
- Crayon Rocks are all natural soy wax crayons made from USA grown soybeans and colored with mineral pigments.
SIMPLY THE BEST COLORING TOOL FOR YOUNG CHILDREN!
Crayon Rocks are all natural soy wax crayons made from USA grown soybeans and coloured with mineral pigments.
The colours are vibrant and can be layered to make beautifully textured art work.
They were designed to strengthen the tripod grip muscles, preparing fingers and hands for handwriting.
The shape allows small fingers to color in large, wide strokes creating pictures rich in color.
Used by occupational therapists to develop fine motor skills.
16 Summer Colors: red, pink, blue, sky, green, grass, eggyolk yellow, sunlight yellow, orange, peach, purple, light purple, brown, tan, black, gray.
Safety... is our priority
Absolutely NO NASTIES !
We are committed to offering a safe and eco-friendly product. Crayon Rocks are non-toxic. They are, however, small enough (1.5 inch x .75 inch x .75 inch) to be a potential choking hazard to very young children. Made from a renewable resource, soy oil, they are an environmentally better choice over traditional petroleum wax crayons. Draw, Write, Smile!
Handwriting the correct way
Occupational therapy can help kids improve their cognitive, physical and motor skills which has the overall ability to enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. After being inspired by Jan Olsen, ORT, and the Handwriting Without Tears program, Barbara's mission was to create a product that would aid in the development of motor skills, specifically those needed for handwriting.
Occupational therapists, school districts, special education teachers, and other professional clinics that work with students with disabilities are eligible for discount pricing. Please contact us for details.
Parent Tips: If a child can't "put muscle into it", vary the paper.
I bought Crayon Rocks for my 7 year old deaf -blind, developmentally delayed granddaughter and one set for her OT/sensory integration therapist. Amy talks with a communication device using her fingers but has only recently started to hold crayons, paint brushes etc. I've been cutting crayons and pencils to make them shorter so I was intrigued by the product. Amy took to them immediately, but she could barely make a visible mark on the page.
I started with computer paper, then tried Crayola drawing paper, construction paper, then some high rag count stationary, the best results were achieved with water color paper. The OT believes it is because the increased resistance gives more feedback. Mary Ellen Schattman
Read our testimonials
...And every museum gift shop has those overpolished stones right by the cash register, forcing you to explain to your kids why you won't pay for something you could just as easily scavenge at the beach. The nuggets shown here may look as if they've fallen from a souvenir "treasure bag" but they're much more useful: They're crayons. Better yet, they're made of soy way, a renewable resource that goes onto paper smoothly, much like pastels. The pebble shape even encourages a proper three-finger grip, helping to prepare young children for handwriting.
Cookie Magazine, Christopher Healy
What parents say...
An awesome product for kids working on their fine motor skills. Our son (age 4) had never drawn anything identifiable but started drawing full scenes (spaceships) within minutes of getting Crayon Rocks. I guess he had the pictures in his head; he just needed a crayon that would allow him to let them come out.
Mathew and Erin B., parents.
What teachers say...
FANTASTIC PRODUCT!!! Use it with my 3s/4s class and can't say enough good things. Are they -- or will they -- be available in other colors? I am so pro-crayon rocks I can't keep my mouth shut about them!! Thanks!!!
I love these rock crayons! Children need this ergonomic grip to prepare them for holding crayons, pencils and pens in a position that will enable them to draw and write without cramping their hands. The bad habits formed by early wrongful gripping of drawing and writing tools will rarely be broken as a child grows into using them frequently. Enjoy all these wonderful colors!
Beth B, Clive, IA, Second Grade Teacher and Calligrapher.
What occupational therapists say...
I can't imagine any pediatric occupational therapist who would not want to have Crayon Rocks as part of their repertoire for helping students to improve their hand skills. You have created a most helpful tool!
Sue Trautman, MA, OTR/L
I want to thank you for sending me the sample crayon rocks! We are completely sold on this product. We have told ALL the parents about you guys! We had a preschool class of 4 kids with really terrible grips in June when you sent them to us. We had coloring labs set out on the table, and we replaced the broken crayons with the crayon rocks. EVERY SINGLE ONE of the kids immediately grasped it with a tripod grasp! Since then, all our kids have done well, except for kids with hyperextended thumb IP joints - and we have another trick for that.
Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR, The Handwriting Clinic
What kids say...
First thing I think is that its wonderful because it has the right grip and its easier to color that way. They're not dry like other crayons. I love them because they are creamy and they blend together.
Armenuhi, 10 years
The crayons are very nice and they have cool colors. They look like rocks. That's cool.
Michael, age 12
The crayons are cool and fun to use. They have a lot of colors. I like to use them most for painting in my drawings.
Kelly, 11 years
Do you comply with CPSIA and are certified non-toxic?
Yes, we are certified non-toxic and conform to ASTM 4236. We are CPSIA compliant. You can eat our crayons, if you want, but PLEASE don't inhale them. They ARE a choking hazard. Not for children under 3 years of age or those who will put them in their mouth. Use with an appropriate level of supervision.
What ingredients are in your crayons?
We use U.S.A. grown and processed Kosher soy wax and several other organic waxes such as carnauba. Our colorants are derived from minerals. Our filler, which gives the crayon its body, is a natural ground up rock.
Where are these crayons made?
Our crayons are made on a hilltop in Hestand, Kentucky, U.S.A. using American labor.
How are the crayons made?
They are made on a machine built exclusively for us by Monkey Wrench Design, San Francisco, CA
Do your crayons have phthalates or lead in them?
Phthalates are substances added to plastics to make them more flexible. Our crayons have NO phthalates in them. To the best of our knowledge and research, none of our current packaging or processes for manufacturing have any phthalates associated with them. All tests show us to be significantly below the recommended cutoff level for lead and all heavy metals.
How to Best Use Crayon Rocks
1.) You can help your children draw beautiful pictures by first starting with a strong drawing before trying to fill in the colors. Simple shapes, cleanly done, make for the most satisfying pictures. Outlining with a marker or pointy crayon after coloring adds definition and covers any stray marks they may not like.
2.) Then encourage them to use the flat sides of the crayon instead of the tip so they get broad swaths of color on the paper. Tell them to cover up ALL the white paper. ALL of IT! They will be glad they did and it’s not hard with Crayon Rocks.
3.) Tell them to put some muscle behind the crayon. Really press down. And don’t be afraid to layer colors. If they don’t like what they’ve done, chances are they can scrape it off or erase it off.
4.) In the end, give the picture a quick buff with tissue or the palm of the hand. The surface will shine up like it has been waxed….which, of course, it has!