Have you ever held two boxes of crayons, one from Crayola and one from Roseart and wondered which one you should buy? Do you always choose the cheaper one, or do you go with the “trusted” Crayola? If you’re like me, often you’ll just buy the cheapest…after all it’s just for the kids, right? And there can’t possibly be much of a difference between two brands of crayons, right?
Sometimes that strategy works and makes sense…but not always. We’re here to help! I’m going to begin doing more of these blog posts, just for parents and teachers. I hope these will start to become another great resource for you in supporting your little artists.
Today I wanted to share my favorite oil pastel (Click here if you’re not sure what oil pastels are?).
So, What Are The Best Oil Pastels For Kids?
In my opinion, the best oil pastels for kids are made by Pentel.
It’s based on two reasons:
Price and Quality
With many art supplies, the price difference is determined by the amount of color pigment and the quality of the binder. Color pigment is almost self-explanatory, but this is why expensive paint or oil pastels will transfer to the paper with a richer, deeper, even brighter look. You’re literally seeing more color on the paper.
Binder, on the other hand, is what holds the color pigment together so that it can be formed into a shape. When oil pastels use more of a wax binder (to save money) they will behave more like crayons and will not blend as smoothly as an oil pastel should.
Check this intro to oil pastels to get a better understanding of how oil pastels blend.
So, overall Pentel offers a great solution to the price-sensitive buyer while also providing an acceptable blending quality.
Pentel also offers a great variety of package sizes ranging from 12 to 50 packs (affiliate link). They also offer a massive 432 pack (affiliate link), great for classrooms.
This post is 100% my opinion and not sponsored by Pentel. You can also rest that regardless of the Amazon affiliate links above, I would still write this post.