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Posted: Dec 06 2007 at 10:36am | IP Logged Quote MarilynW

I am in the process of doing a Paper Scissors Stone order for Christmas gifts for my kids - which Lyra pencils do you use for older kids. My 3 year old loves the giant Ferbys. Not sure what to get for the 8 year olds and 11 year old? I am going to get the skin tones - but which other ones?


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Posted: Dec 07 2007 at 6:39am | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

We have 'em all I think.    Seriously, between the nice Lyra's and the Prismacolors that we use for special art projects, we can get the blending and the colors just right for most projects. I just recently purchased the large set of Lyra oil pastels to add to our collection and my 7yo loves those! My 11 yo really enjoys the color pencils more - she likes to blend and gets very frustrated if the effect she's going for cannot be achieved, so I just invested a $$ portion of our homeschooling budget this year in whatever pencil sets we were lacking! It's been a great investment!!!

Just for clarity, the 2 watercolor pencil sets I have are the LYRA Rembrandt aquarelle (watercolor) set of 36, and the Prismacolor Watercolor set of 24. I really can't tell you how much they've enjoyed the LYRA oil pastels though!!! They are beautiful, and my ds loves the vibrancy of color he can achieve with very little effort! You also might consider the sketch pencil set. I liked the LYRA, but in the end chose a Derwent set from Michaels and used the coupon. It was a compromise so I could get the beautiful oil pastels and complete our watercolor selection. I hadn't seen the LYRA skin tone set before - I'll be coming back for that one over the summer for sure!

I really don't think you could go wrong with a basic set, then perhaps as you use them this year, you can hear from the older two if they feel they are missing some shades or colors to complete their art projects. Then, add a few smaller sets as you begin next year with next year's $$.

HTH! Have fun ordering!!

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