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Crayola Color Alive Review

Crayola Color Alive Review Have ever wondered what it would be like to see your drawings come to life? If you do, this is the right thing to read! Crayola Color Alive coloring books are a great, new activity that is fun to do with family, friends, and more! What Comes Inside There are 4 coloring books you can buy, each with a new adventure inside! These include fantasy fairies, dragons, Barbie, and even Skylander. Each book comes with seven crayons and one of them is a special effect crayon. With the fairies book, there’s a pixie dust special effects crayon. In Skylanders, an ice blast special effect crayon, with more in the other books. They look like normal coloring books until you download the Crayola Color Alive app. Then you can take as many pictures of your newly colored coloring pages as you want! They will also come to life. Isn’t that great? How it Works You can use any crayons you want with these books, but be sure to use the special effect crayon because it will create some magic with the app. First, you have to download Crayola Alive App on your phone, ipad, ipod, or tablet. You’ll probably  need your mom or dad to help you. After that, color one of the 16 pages from the coloring book however you want. Take the phone and line it up with the picture. Then, a 4D button and a button with a crayon will pop up. Click on the crayon to unlock your special effect. To do this, have your device scan the crayon name and your special effect will be unlocked. When you go back, press the 4D button and your picture will come to life, including the special effect; such as fire, pixie dust, or ice blast! Take a picture with your very own 4D colored creature! Plus, when you tap on your creature, it will do something special. For example, when I made my unicorn come to life, I clicked on it and – ta-da! – a rainbow went over it’s head and it reared! You can save your creature and then take your own picture holding it in your hand, petting it or kissing it, maybe even fighting with it – in your room, outside, or anywhere you want. What I Liked I liked that the pictures were creative and that it was it very fun for children like me and my brother to take pictures – as many as we want – with our very own animals. I think it was the most fun Crayola Color Alive Review 2because you could make it grow bigger or smaller. By doing this, you could put it on the floor to make it look bigger, like a miniature pony for the unicorn. You could also make it look smaller on your hand, like holding a fighting Skylander. What I Would Change Sometimes it’s hard to get the app to scan the special effects crayons and recognize the wording. Also, some of the special effects crayons looked the same, even though they had different names. We had trouble getting the creatures, animal, or Skylander to move on the screen at times. Thanks to Crayola for sponsoring our Spring Story Contest! If you haven’t read the winning stories yet, you can find them here. The price is $6.49 and the app is free, which I think is a very good price. Crayola Color Alive books are very fun and worth getting. I shared them with my neighbors, brothers, and cousins and everyone loved trying them. We hope you liked this review and will come back soon!

Disclosure: I received product to review for this post. All opinions are my own.

Spring Story Contest Junior Winner!

We had such a great time reading all of the contest entries! Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your creativity with us. Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this contest possible.

We are a mom and daughter team at Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom. We share a love of writing and had so much fun creating this contest together. We hope you had fun, too, and that you will keep writing and dreaming!

Congratulations to Ava P., our Spring Story Contest Junior Winner!

Spring Story Contest Winner A Cheetah Named French Fry

A Cheetah Named French Fry
By Ava P.

One day French Fry, a cheetah, was racing in a race, and he was in last place. Then he passed a few cheetahs. He was in first place! The trophy was shiny and golden and it came with a blue ribbon. But the finish line was still 201 miles away, and all the cheetahs were tired and didn’t get any water breaks or bathroom breaks.

Then French Fry fell down and broke his leg. Then he was in last place again. Nobody helped French Fry. His mom and dad were sad. Some humans were walking past the raceway, and they called the vet. The vet came in an ambulance. She took an x-ray and looked at the leg. They had to take French Fry to an animal hospital. The vet put a cast on French Fry’s leg. Then she said French Fry couldn’t walk for a few weeks. French Fry felt sad. But his friends came and gave him gifts and cards.

A few weeks later, his leg was all healed. Then French Fry could run again! He ran another race. It was a 210-mile race. This time he won the blue ribbon and trophy. He was so happy! That day was also French Fry’s birthday. So all the cheetahs went to his home and celebrated his birthday and his victory (it was a surprise party). They all shouted, “Hooray for French Fry!” and lifted him up on their paws. They had chocolate cake with lemonade. They danced and played games, like Pin the Tail on the Cheetah. They had a cheetah piñata. French Fry felt wonderful. And everyone felt happy for French Fry.

About the Author

Spring Story Contest Junior WinnerAva is six and she loves making art projects, staying up late reading Beverly Cleary, playing with her little sisters or friends, jumping on trampolines, cracking jokes, inventing her own salad recipes, and watching Odd Squad. She is from Washington State.

A special thanks to our contest sponsors! 

You can find more story contest winners here.

© Photosfromafrica | Dreamstime.comCheetah Running Photo

Spring Story Contest Honorable Mention! Keeley and Her Friends

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to our first Spring Story Contest! Your creativity and imaginative stories delighted our judges and made selecting our winners a challenge. We are a mom and daughter team at Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom. We share a love of writing and had so much fun creating this contest together. We hope you had fun, too, and that you will keep writing and dreaming!

Congratulations to Keeley S., who won an Honorable Mention in our Spring Story Contest random drawing for her story Keeley and Her Friends!

Spring Story Contest Honorable Mention

Keeley and Her Friends

by Keeley S.

Once upon a time, there was a girl and her name was Keeley. She liked to play salon. She believed that her stuffed animals would come to life. They always come to life when Keeley is out of the room. They love to play together.

One day while Keeley was playing salon next door in a different room, she heard her stuffed animals talking!

She snuck back into her room without her animals knowing. Then she said ‘hi! I didn’t know you were alive!’ Her animals said ‘Ahh! We didn’t know that you knew we were alive!’

So they went on an adventure together. She picked them up and went outside. They snuck outside without her mom knowing. They explored outside together. They found some money buried under the dirt. It was $10.15. They went to the forest and looked for a good place for a hideout. They found the perfect spot far enough away from the house because Keeley’s mom could hear from a long distance. She put her animals in the hideout. Then she told her mom about the money and brought the money to her mom. The mom said ‘let’s put this in a piggy bank.’

About the Author

Keeley is from Illinois.

A special thanks to our contest sponsors! 

You can find more story contest winners here.

Spring Story Contest Winners!

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Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to our first Spring Story Contest! Your creativity and imaginative stories delighted our judges and made selecting our winners a challenge. We are a mom and daughter team at Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom. We share a love of writing and had so much fun creating this contest together. We hope you had fun, too, and that you will keep writing and dreaming!

***Drum Roll Please***

Our Spring Story Contest Winners 

Junior – Ages 5 to 8 – Ava P. for A Cheetah Named French Fry. You can read her story here.

Spring Story Contest Winner A Cheetah Named French Fry

Ava has won

Senior – Ages 9 to 12 – Joseph S. for Grayclaw Saves the Day. You can read his story here.

Spring Story Contest Winner Grayclaw Saves the Day

Joseph has won

Honorable Mention Random Drawing Winner – Keeley S. for her story Keeley and her Friends. You can read her story here.

Spring Story Contest Honorable Mention

Keeley has won

© Photosfromafrica | Dreamstime.comCheetah Running Photo

© Seread | Dreamstime.comWolf In Snow Photo

Spring Story Contest Senior Winner – Grayclaw Saves the Day

We had such a great time reading all of the contest entries! Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your creativity with us. A special thanks to our amazing sponsors for making this contest possible.

We are a mom and daughter team at Super Smarty Pants and The Inquisitive Mom. We share a love of writing and had so much fun creating this contest together. We hope you had fun, too, and that you will keep writing and dreaming!

Congratulations to Joseph S., the winner of our Spring Story Contest Senior Winner for ages 9 to 12!

Spring Story Contest Winner Grayclaw Saves the Day

Grayclaw Saves the Day
by Joseph S.

As the sun came up over the horizon near Moose Lodge, skiers woke up with a start and ran to grab their gear. Inside another room, Grayclaw was already awake. He was a long, slender wolf with gray ears and a black body. Grayclaw was on the Avalanche Rescue Team. He looked up through the window to see the mountain tips glowing yellow as the sun peeked out.

The skiers had their food and were outside getting ready to have fun. Instructors were advising people to be careful on the snowy slopes. “It snowed hard last night so you must watch your step.”

Grayclaw ate his meal and was being helped with his gear. As the skiers started off, they heard a low rumble. They didn’t bother about the noise because they thought it was some wild animals. Grayclaw jumped up because he knew what the sound was. So did the team members. They were out the door in a flash, just in time to see an avalanche come crashing down, like a sea that could swallow everything up.

Some of the skiers were engulfed by the great white ocean of snow. But most managed to escape. The team members were on the slopes in a minute. They knew that under the snow you could die in just a couple of minutes, but they could not find the skiers.

While they were looking, they heard another low rumble. They saw more snow crashing down the mountainside. Grayclaw managed to avoid it on his way up the slopes.

The rest of team thought everything was hopeless. Grayclaw had not given up. He was already on the mountainside digging up the snow. With his powerful nose he found found a place where the snow was not so deep. He dug it away with his forelegs. As the rest of team came close, they were amazed. Grayclaw had dug away the snow and found three skiers. Their faces were red and their teeth were chattering. They did not look good but they were not dead. Grayclaw had found them in time.

About the Author

Spring Story Contest Senior WinnerJoseph is a twelve-year-old homeschooler who loves to study medieval and military history. He works at a local antique shop and in his spare time enjoys building with LEGO’s and reading. His favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia and the Chronicles of Prydain. He lives in Texas.

A special thanks to our contest sponsors! 

You can find links to the other winning stories here.