Crayola Water Based Classic Markers, 256-Count

Last updated date: May 12, 2022

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Crayola Water Based Classic Markers, 256-Count

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Overall Take

This super-sized box of markers is perfect for classrooms and parties. With each Crayola Broad Line Markers, Bulk 256 ct package, you get 16 sets of 16 different colors. It comes in a handy box with separators for easily storing the markers when not in use. The colors are bold yet water-based, so you won't have to worry about them bleeding through paper.

In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Crayola Water Based Classic Markers, 256-Count placed 7th when we looked at the top 17 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Crayola class pack markers make it economical and convenient to provide students with all the markers they need. Classic, long-lasting, durable Crayola markers lay down brilliant color, while their water-based ink doesn’t bleed through typical paper. If caps are left off, marker tips can be revived within seconds in warm water. Durable nibs are safely secured in barrels. Versatile 5″ x 5/8″ conical tip markers write at any angle. Extended caps offer safety and identify the color of the ink. Markers are certified AP nontoxic and conform to ASTM D-4236. This item has 16 markers of each of 16 assorted colors, totaling 256 markers in the set. This item does not have six plastic bins included in the set. From the Manufacturer Great for busy classrooms, Crayola Classpack Assortments are an economical way to keep plenty of essential classroom supplies on hand. This kit contains a total of 256 Crayola Broad Line Markers that can be used for a range of classroom activities and projects. Durable, conical marker tips withstand repeated use and will not easily push into the marker tubes. These markers have vivid colors, and the divided storage box makes them easy to organize and display. Crayola logo Economical choice for busy classrooms Contains 16 each of 16 different colors Child-safe caps and conical tips for even flow Sharp, firm nibs will not push into barrels Includes replacement caps Crayola 256-Ct Classpack 16-Color Broad Line Markers Put students’ imaginations to work with these classic markers. View larger. Colors in This Product Crayola 256-Ct Classpack 16-Color Broad Line MarkersCrayola 256-Ct Classpack 16-Color Broad Line Markers Multi-Pack Ideal for Classrooms Crayola Classpack assortments make it easy to have enough markers for busy classrooms. This set includes 16 of each bright, vibrant colors: red, blue, green, orange, violet, black, turquoise, tan, raspberry, flamingo pink, dolphin gray, tiger orange, brown, yellow, iguana green, and royal purple. The markers can be conveniently stored and displayed in the Classpack box. Crayola 256-Ct Classpack 16-Color Broad Line Markers Durable Markers with Conical Tips Each marker features child-safe caps and conical tips for a smooth glide and even flow across the paper that will not bleed through. The marker nibs remain pointed and firm even after repeated use and will not push into the barrels when pressed down. Markers Stay Fluid–Even Without Caps Even if caps are forgotten or lost, the markers stay fluid for more than 24 hours after the caps have been removed. Markers can be revived by dipping the tips in warm water for a minute or two. This kit also comes with replacement caps in case a few go missing. What’s in the Box 256 Crayola Broad Line Markers, divided storage box, and 12 extra caps.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

2 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

169 user reviews

What experts liked

I bought this for our Sunday School classes at church. It has served us well both here on campus and at outreach events.
- Quill
I am a teacher at a school for special needs adults so they love to color and draw pictures to express themselves. These markers are perfect and the amount in the box allows each student to have their own set of markers.
- School Specialty

What experts didn't like

This site- and all online retailers selling the Class Packs- picture the classic white-barreled markers we love. But when you try to order these now, you will instead receive the new style with the AWFUL recycled-plastic barrels...they are ALL BLACK, with no color coding on the barrels. So, once the caps are off, all 256 markers look alike. Students who can't yet read will not be able to replace the correct cap back on its marker. Then, once the caps and markers are all mixed, a child will reach for what appears to be a "red" marker, only to draw on his project with blue ink or some wrong color...and tears ensue. Very poor packaging design ruins an otherwise good product. "Eco" is only good when the product still meets the consumers needs...these do NOT.
- Quill

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Amy Markham   
Artist and art educator

Artist and educator Amy Markham is the creator of Starling, a podcast dedicated to helping artists develop depth in their creative practice. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Amy has been an art educator since 2001. Today, she teaches middle school art at a school outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Her personal artwork explores myth-making and symbolic understandings. Through her brand, Starling Creative Living, she leads others to explore art production as a method for enriching their life experience.

An Overview On Markers

Markers are not only excellent for creating a variety of art projects. They are also handy for labeling your children’s clothing before they go off to camp, listing the contents and expiration date on the leftovers you’re placing in a freezer bag and making a bold yard sale sign that will attract traffic to your yard sale.

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Which type of permanent marker set you choose is dependent on the type of project you’re using it for. Here are a few suggestions for what to look for while you shop for a new set of markers.

Begin by examining the marker’s cylinder. Large cylinders are best for tiny hands to hold, while adults would do best with a slim cylinder, as that allows for more control. Others have a triangular cylinder that keeps them from rolling off your kitchen table.

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Consider the number of markers needed and how many different shades there are in the set. For example, you may come across a marker set that has 100 markers. However, some of them may be duplicate colors, and others may have shades that are more subtle. This is fine for a classroom of children, but not for someone looking to create a piece of art.

Make sure the chemicals used to make the marker set are non-toxic, especially if you plan on giving them to children. The product will either say “non-toxic” right on the packaging label or contain an AP certification symbol instead.

You’ll also want to make a choice regarding water-based vs. alcohol-based markers.

“Markers like the Crayolas you grew up with are water-based,” says artist and middle school art teacher Amy Markham. “These are inexpensive, but limited in their abilities. Most artists prefer alcohol-based markers because they blend easily, offer bright colors, dry faster and don’t leave streaks.”

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Review the marker’s tip to ensure it will draw the type of line you need. “There are broad tips, brush tips and fine tips with a range of sizes and shape in each of those,” says Markham. “Broad tips are good for laying down large areas of color, where a fine tip will be best for detail. Brush tips are very versatile and can create both thin and thick lines as can chisel tips.”

Check that the ink resists bleeding through the paper you’re drawing on. Some models, for example, are water-based and designed not to bleed.

Look for any extras that the marker set may offer. You may find a package of markers that also comes scented. Another bonus you may come across in your search is a set of markers that comes with its own container. This eliminates the need for you to have to buy a storage bin.

The Marker Buying Guide

  • Always use care when working with permanent markers, as the ink will stain any clothing it comes in contact with. If you do get a smidge of ink on your favorite shirt, spraying the stain with hairspray and blotting the area is your best bet at removing it.
  • Should any of the markers in your set dry out, you don’t need to throw them out. You can actually restore them using a few tricks. First, stick the tip of the marker in a bowl of warm water and wait five minutes before removing it. Let it air dry just enough for the water to evaporate, but not the ink. Your marker should then be ready for use. Second, drip two drops of white distilled vinegar over the tip of the marker if the water wasn’t enough. Wait a few minutes before checking that the marker is again ready for use. Third, dipping the marker’s tip in rubbing alcohol works the same as the vinegar tip above.
  • One way to recycle old markers is to find a new use for them. For example, you can take the marker’s cap off and use it to cut out small circles from a lump of Playdough, or use a bunch of caps to make a jump rope. You can also take the marker’s tip and set it in a bowl of water to create watercolors that can be used for painting.
  • Acetone can be used to remove permanent marker ink that accidentally gets on a glass surface.
  • While most markers are sold in a storage box, they aren’t always sturdy. If your box rips or comes apart, you can use an alternative storage method. They actually make marker stands and marker trays, but zipper pouches and small plastic containers work just as well.
  • If you narrow your choice of marker sets down to two, look to see if either one has a satisfaction guarantee. This way, you’ll be able to request a refund if the markers don’t live up to your expectations.
  • When shopping for markers, it is important to consider how many markers you get in each set. A 12 and 40 count set are naturally going to cost less than the sets that offer 72 and 256 markers.