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Prang vs Crayola

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Sharon Henneborn (heneborn)
Thu, 06 Aug 1998 19:08:52 -0600

I must disagree with part of your posting. Yes, the new supplies smells
are wonderful, but I much prefer the Prang brand of crayons and colored
pencils, especially the professional grade colored pencils. My students
agree and we have tried both brands. Have you tried Prang's new soy
bean crayons? The colors go on rich and smooth with very little
pressure. My kids say they must rub harder and color longer to get the
same result with Crayola. The Prang watercolors are far superior to
Crayola..more color and less binder and are consistently less expensive.

Prang's watercolor caps have holes or ridges so that if one is
accidentally caught in a child's throat air will be able to pass
through. This design was placed in public domain so that any company can
make safe caps.

36 years ago, when I first started to teach, my supervisor introduced me
to Prang. It has been my preference ever since. I do hate the cheap
brands that sometimes come in from the bid --All wax and binder and very
little pigment---A waste of resources!!!
Try a comparison. Make a black magic with 1/2 Crayola and 1/2 Prang.
Lay the Prang on with light pressure.

Another comparison--Try Prang soybean crayons on Black, dark blue or
dark green construction paper.

I like to explore product and consumerism with my kids so we do these
kinds of comparisons often. ---I discovered this one day when I
couldn't find the kind of glue they had used to start a project and only
found some inferior stuff. Quick thinking!!! "Let's compare the glue I
have today to what you were using last time." It turned out to be an
excellent lesson and I have used it often as a lesson of compare and

You will find that Prang tempera is very rich, has a very long shelf
life, and doesn't go all smelly. (they will replace it if it does) I
ordered jars of Prang paint when I first taught at a new school. I
returned 25 years later and there were jars of Prang paint in the way
back of the shelves with my name on them. They were still good - just
required a little shaking!--- There is no smell worse than paint gone
bad and it lingers on for days!

I have been unpacking the new boxes all day and it gets me sooooo


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