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