My own son is not old enough for most bath toys on the market, but I have a friend with a three year old who loves his bath time! I purchased him a set of Crayola Bathtime Markers for his birthday one year and I'm positive that my friend and I had just as much fun with this gift as her son did (we left little notes in the shower for her husband - I don't think he was as amused as we were!). These markers are such a great and different bath toy from all of the other toys on the market, and her three year old son was just thrilled to get to color on the walls of the bathtub and not get into trouble over it! We were very pleased with how well these markers cleaned off of the white tub walls - although my friend did mention that she left the markings on overnight once and it was a little more difficult to clean off than it was promptly after the bath. This is a great, innovative and fun toy for kids to play with in the tub!
The first few times I saw Crayola Bathtub Markers in the store, I passed them up because I didn't know if they would live up to the hype on the box. In a weak moment, I caved and purchased a pack and I am so glad that I did. My girls, 3 and 2, play with these in the bathtub longer than any other bath toy. The markers work way better than any other soap crayons or similar product. They work quickly and last a long time. The colors are very bold, yet they clean up easily. I also love that we can bring learning time into the bathtime. My three-year-old loves to practice writing her name over and over again and my two-year-old makes a beautiful scribble and exclaims "NAME!" to join the fun. I often take a marker and write numbers and letters or short words and have my daughter identify them and then wash them off. She is having so much fun, she doesn't even realize she's learning at the same time! We have had these for several months and they still write very well (even when we forget to put the lids back on). I would highly recommend this product to all parents of budding writers and artists!
I was really excited to buy the Crayola Bathtub Markers, but slightly disappointed after using them. My twenty-one month old son enjoys them. They give him something fun to do in the bath. I think he likes popping the lids off and on more than drawing with the markers. It is fun when I draw funny faces and other pictures for him. They might be better for slightly older children. It took him a little while to get used to using the bathtub markers. Normal markers and crayons can write when held at an angle, but the bathtub markers write best when pushing directly down on the tip against the bathtub surface. The ink is very runny so the pictures do run. It doesn't just rinse off surfaces. Sometimes you have to scrub a little to get the colors off the skin or bathtub surfaces, especially the red color. I think we might try the Crayola Bathtub Crayons next. Hopefully the crayons work a little better.
My sons, 1 and 3, received the Crayola Bathtub Markers as a Christmas gift from a friend. The concept if fabulous and I thought the boys would enjoy drawing in the tub, but they don't work as well as I had hoped. In order to make ink come out of the marker you have to press the tip of the marker in. That doesn't seem too difficult, but the combination of wet shower wall and impatient toddlers gave us markers that do not actually draw, but instead were used to make "imaginary" lines. Once they figured out to dot the markers on the wall we had lots of dots but that's not quite what I had envisioned for these markers. Older children may not have the same problems using these markers, hence the reason I gave the product 3 stars rather than 1.
Also, if you don't wash the ink off of the walls when it is wet there is a lovely residue stain that only comes off after a soak and scrub with a bleach-infused product (Soft Scrub with Bleach works great).