I am always on the lookout for fun, quiet activities to do with the kids and recently I came across one we enjoyed more than many: Omy giant coloring rolls!
As the name suggests, the Omy giant rolls are large rolls of paper for kids with doodles and designs they can color in. They come in different sizes and their special shape means you can use as much or as little of them as space allows, unrolling as you go.
You can spread them across a table or, if you want to see you masterpiece at a glance, on the floor!
They are made of good quality, sturdy paper perfect for coloring and come in a variety of themes to suit all interests and preferences. Since we love to travel, our choice fell on their ‘map’ series and since we got it, we’ve been coloring away the city of Los Angeles!
You can buy Omy products online, directly from the Omy shop.
Please note: we received the Omy roll for free for the purpose of this review. However, the opinions expressed in this post are our own and reflect our personal experience of the product.
Omy giant coloring rolls: what is in the pack
We ordered Omy XXL online and in the space of a few days we got it delivered to our door. The roll comes in a long, narrow cardboard box and as such will not fit in a mailbox, but it is light and sturdy and therefore easy to handle for a neighbor should they sign for the parcel on your behalf.
Inside, you find the paper roll: the size of the one we got is 1.80 x 1m (6 feet wide x 3 feet high) and I tell you: it is huge!
My kids fell in love with it straight away: they started unrolling the map on the table and they soon realised that to have it all spread out they would need a lot more space than anticipated. With great excitement, they threw everything off the table and onto the floor, then pushed everything aside from the floor and turned our kitchen in a full on coloring workshop!
I could have not been happier: my kids like colouring but it is rare, especially during the holidays, to see them attracted by a quiet, table top activity so to see them sitting down or lying on the floor enthralled by their roll was a welcome sight.
The Omy rolls come with a selection of designs and the one the one that piqued our attention was their series with maps from around the world.
The Omy selection is vast and you can choose between rolls and posters with many countries and cities (London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo just to name a few), some neighborhood maps (Brooklyn) and a world atlas.
When we heard about the roll we were on our way to Los Angeles so this is the one we got and the one we found waiting for us at home on our return.
The Los Angeles roll is fantastic. The design of the city is well made and surprisingly accurate for a kids’ product. The map has many landmarks easily recognizable for the kids but the design is pretty busy, in a good sense, so no matter how many times you look at the map, you are always sure to discover details and places you hadn’t seen before.
My two spent hours looking for Santa Monica pier and burst into squeals of delight when they found it, fighting with each other for the honor of having found it first.
Why we love it
There are many reasons we love this product:
- The good quality of the paper, perfect for coloring with crayons or felt pens
- Accurate design
- Neat packaging, easy to store
- Versatile, easy to use in different spaces from table top (small) to floor (very large)
- A great product to balance fun and education and a fun activity for an afternoon at home.
Spending the afternoon with our Omy roll was a lovely way to reminisce about our holiday and it lead us to looking at our photos and discussing our recent trip with a concentration and enthusiasm that took even myself by surprise. I had no idea my kids has learned so much about Los Angeles until I saw them recognizing places on this map and it proved to me that I am not the only one, in the house, in love with city trips! My wanderlusting gene is, clearly, in safe hands 🙂
If you are looking for a fun coloring product for your kids or a present for a friend who loves to travel, this is a great one. Next one on my list is San Francisco!