Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Pencil Grip Review

Why are there markers sitting on the table with no caps? Where are the caps? WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON'T KNOW?? WHY ARE THE CAPS NOT ON THE MARKERS? THIS IS NOT THAT HARD!

Ok, that's a slight dramatization of what I yell when my girls have their independent time - especially the little one, but that doesn't mean I'm not screaming in my head. Both of my girls LOVE their supply boxes. They love having their OWN supply boxes, because they never have to fight over who is using what, who lost what, and who "ruined" what. Reagan just turned six, and we're still hoping the responsibility idea sticks soon. That kid loves to draw, and loves markers, but leaves caps off like it's her job.  So when we got a set that claimed they wouldn't dry out, this marker loving daughter enjoyed using Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc.!

The Pencil Grip, Inc.

The Pencil Grip was started by an educational therapist over 20 years ago. Since then, the company has grown to include hundreds of innovative products that can be used in both home and school settings (or, in our case, homeschool) including many art and writing supplies. We've used the Kwik Stix and the pencil grips, and we've always been very impressed. It's high quality material, designed to be used by kids. Washable and unscented are two big pros (after the girls have been coloring for a while that unscented thing gets even more important), but this particular marker have a claim that you can leave the cap off for SEVEN DAYS and they won't dry out.

Magic Stix Washable Markers

On one hand, this is awesome, because I'm really tired of finding markers that are completely dried out and worthless. On the other, I don't want to encourage anyone to leave caps off markers. A capped marker left on the carpet is one thing, but even a washable marker left on the carpet can be a mess.  So although I love this feature, I'm not selling it to my kids. I'm still harping on that six year old to cap her markers. So we didn't "test" it officially. I did leave the caps off overnight, but I recapped before we used them for school again. Did they work? Absolutely no difference in strength or color at all.

Magic Stix markers are Reagan's tool of choice for her journal.

Magic Stix perfect for the kid who ALWAYS LEAVES THE CAPS OFF.

On of my favorite parts about these particular markers is the case. It's sturdy, each marker has a spot that holds firm, and it keeps these markers contained. One thing I hate about our usual brand of coloring products is that the boxes rip easily. I'm always searching for that perfectly sized container to hold them, but nothing is the perfect fit. This case is perfect for these markers. It's easy enough to carry on it's own, but it's slim and about the size of a folder, so it slides easily into the backpack when we're heading out.

The only slight issue we've found (and I've found this issue with pretty much every set of markers we've ever used) is that they do bleed through the paper. Bold colors are bound to show from the back. They didn't soak through and tear the paper, but you definitely can't use them on both sides without some definite shadowing. Yes, I'm being picky, and a marker that can do this on regular paper is probably something that doesn't exist, but that just goes to show you that nothing is perfect.

Overall, we love them. Reagan claimed the 24 pack for herself, but we also grabbed a 12 pack on Amazon that Madison likes because it's slightly smaller. Both girls are keeping them in their backpacks for all our "out of the house" adventures!

Magic Stix Washable Markers {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

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