BIC Just Launched a Line of Break-Resistant Crayons and Colored Pencils for Kids

BIC is offering crayons that are break-resistant and paper-free.
BIC is offering crayons that are break-resistant and paper-free.
Walmart

A child’s first lesson in coloring with crayons may also be their first lesson in frustration. Wax crayons can snap, grow to a dull edge, or prompt children to keep peeling off paper that now hangs over the tip. BIC, a company best known for pens, is offering an alternative—their new BIC Kids crayons ($2) available at Walmart are break-resistant, paper-free, and able to keep smudges off hands.

The crayons are a little tougher than your normal coloring tools, making it less likely they’ll snap in a child’s hands. Triangular in shape, they’ll also remain on the table instead of rolling out of reach.

BIC

The line also includes washable markers that can maintain their tip even if the cap is accidentally left off for up to a week and colored pencils that are break-resistant and won’t splinter even if they happen to snap.

Over on Walmart.com, you can find a pack of 10 BIC crayons for just $2, a pack of 10 washable markers for $3, and a pack of 12 colored pencils for $2. You can also grab a deal of six packs of 24 crayons each for just $10.

[h/t Simplemost]

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table Sale Takes Up to 70 Percent Off Cast-Iron Cookware and Kitchen Essentials

Le Creuset
Le Creuset

Known for their sturdy and dependable Dutch ovens, skillets, and other cast-iron essentials, Le Creuset has been one of the most respected names in cookware since the company was established in 1925. Beyond the multicolored enameled pans that made them famous, Le Creuset’s offerings have expanded over the years to include woks, cutting boards, and even a line of Star Wars-themed products.

From now until August 23, you can save anywhere from 40 to 70 percent on their most popular items during Le Creuset’s Factory-to-Table sale. Usually confined only to the storefront, the company is bringing the sale to its website this year, too. Check out some of the best deals below.

Dutch Ovens

Le Creuset

- 3.5-Quart Signature Round Dutch Oven $183 (Save $122)
- Wide Dutch Oven $177 (Save $118)

Skillets

- Deep-Covered Skillet $180 (Save $120)
- Oblong Skillet Grill $90 (Save $90)
- Skinny Griddle $78 (Save $52)
- Classic Skillet $108 (Save $72)

Pots and Pans

- Saucepan $105 (Save $70)
- 6-Quart Stockpot $40 (Save $40)
- 7-Piece Stainless Steel and Cast Iron Set $425 (Save $425)
- 10-Piece Stainless Steel Set $547.50 (Save $547.50)

Casseroles

- Deep Casserole $90 (Save $90)
- Round Casserole $54 (Save $36)
- Heritage Oval Casserole $54 (Save $36)

Misc.

Le Creuset

- Heritage Loaf Pan $30 (Save $20)
- 2-Quart Heritage Square Dish $25 (Save $17)
- Wok $165 (Save $110)
- Petite Heart Cocotte $18 (Save $12)

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.