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Magic Stix Washable Markers Reivew

I have some wonderful markers to tell you about.  For the past few weeks we have been trying out markers called Magic Stix Washable Markers created by The Pencil Grip, Inc.

You probably already know how highly we think of the folks at The Pencil Grip, Inc.  They make some amazing products for kids and adults.  Over the past few years, we have reviewed some of their products such as Thin Stix tempera paints and Pencil Grip and Safety Scissors  and have been impressed with everything they have sent us to review.  We are excited to try out their newest creation Magic Stix Washable Markers.

Magic Stix Washable Markers

Magic Stix Washable Markers are a completely new product on the market designed to meet the need to be safe and effective and not dry out.  The beautiful long lasting colors of Magic Stix are guaranteed to continue to work good as new even when the cap is left off for up to 7 days without drying out.

Bright & Bold Colors

Washable

Safe To Use

Non-Toxic

Odor Free

Vented Safety Cap (to reduce choking)

Won’t dry out for 7 days – guaranteed!

24 pack option with sturdy plastic storage case

12 pack option with sturdy plastic storage case

The COLORS:

Magic Stix Washable Markers come in two sizes.  Both sets are professional looking and come in options of 24 colors and 12 colors.  The bright bold colors work on a variety of surfaces such as paper, wood, cardboard, and more.

Magic Stix Washable Markers 24 Pack retails for $19.99 (currently on sale for $14.72) and contains 24 Bright and Bold Colors:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Hot Pink
  • Magenta Pink
  • Light Yellow
  • Medium Yellow
  • Dark Yellow
  • Light Green
  • Dark Green
  • Forest Green
  • Olive Green
  • Hunter Green
  • Light Blue
  • Medium Blue
  • Dark Blue
  • Deep Blue
  • Light Purple
  • Dark Purple
  • Light Brown
  • Medium Brown
  • Dark Brown
  • Grey
  • Black

Magic Stix Washable Markers 12 Pack retails for $9.99 and contains 12 Bright and Bold Colors:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Light Green
  • Dark Green
  • Light Blue
  • Dark Blue
  • Light Purple
  • Dark Purple
  • Brown
  • Black

The Case:

Magic Stix Washable Markers come in their own perfectly sized, strong, sturdy, see-through case.  The hard plastic case holds each marker securely in its place.  The case is just the right size to fit into a bag, backpack, or medium to large purse so you can take it on the go with you.  The sturdy case is able to hold your markers in a safe convenient place while you travel.

How we used Magic Stix Washable Markers in our home:

We received a 24 pack of Magic Stix Washable Markers to use in our home for the purpose of writing this review.

There are so many great colors to work with for fun projects!

We have enjoyed using these markers in our home and schoolwork in a variety of ways:

  • Wooden Airplane Projects
  • Four Seasons Tree Project
  • Toilet Paper Tube Projects
  • Art Journal Book
  • Schoolwork Unit Study
  • ABC Worksheets
  • Birthday Card
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Coloring pages
  • and more

Here are a few of our projects:

Airplanes:

The kids had a lot of fun decorating wooden airplanes.  This was a great “rainy day” project for some energetic boys.  A few days later, when the rain had stopped and the ground was dry, they enjoyed flying and racing their planes outside.  These planes can fly up to 25 feet!

View of planes from the top side:

View of planes from the underside:

Proud pilots!

Trees:

Another fun project the kids worked on was a Science and Art lesson creating trees of the 4 seasons.

These markers worked great outside on the back porch and remained fresh use after use, project after project.

The variety of colors was just perfect for this project and allowed for a lot of creative fun for this craft.

The final step (not pictured) is to cut out the trees, glue them to light-weight cardboard like a cereal box, and then glue all four sections together so that they make 1 tree with four sides.  When the tree is turned, it shows the same tree in a different season.

Art Journals:

My daughter made some lovely art journals with the Magic Stix Washable Markers.  She recycled cereal boxes for this project.  I will post another story about how she made these.

These little books are so fun to make.  Besides using these for art journals or writing journals, they would make wonderful ABC books for younger kids, or use to write a story book, or make them into prayer journals, and gifts too.

After assembling her journals, she decorated the outside covers with Magic Stix markers.

She will have a lot of fun filling these books with colorful thoughts and art projects.

She enjoyed using Magic Stix Washable Markers to make her art journals.  They turned out so cute!

Final Thoughts:

My family has really enjoyed using these colorful markers.  They are made of high quality, safe, and nontoxic materials. They are odor free, the color goes on evenly, and they feel good in your hand.  This case of markers is a perfect addition to our home art supplies and on the go in our portable art kits.  Give these markers a try as they will impress kids and parents alike!

The Pencil Grip, Inc

The Pencil Grip, Inc has many great products for families with kids of all ages.  I would encourage everyone to stop over at their website and see what they have to offer.

Check out this short video of one of our favorite products  called Kwik Stix.

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Thin Stix Giveway

GIVEAWAY

Don’t miss your chance to win a free set of Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc!

If you don’t know what Thin Stix are, then check out these stories for more information about these wonderful MESS FREE tempera paint sticks. 

Thin Stix Creativity Pack Review & Giveaway

Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors Review

Enter this Giveway for a chance to win.  Each person is allowed 2 entries.  

Giveaway entries will be accepted between 11/9/17 and 11/22/17 for your chance to win.

Must be 18 and older and on mainland USA to participate.

Winner will be selected randomly through the Rafflecopter entries as noted at the bottom of the Thin Stix Review and Giveaway post. 

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Winners will be emailed that they have won and will need to send their shipping information within 24 hours of winning.  The will be sent a free Thin Stix prize directly from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Thin Stix would make a great addition to your arts and craft supplies, your home, office, or classroom.   Thin Stix make a great gift to give away too. 

I would greatly appreciate your help in getting the word out about this Giveaway.  If you would kindly share the giveaway with your family, friends, and on your social media: facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc. 

I can’t wait to see who the winner is!

Be blessed!

 

 

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Thin Stix 6pk Of Classic Colors Review

We are reviewing the cutest set of easy to hold, mess free, affordable tempera paint sticks.  With six kids in our house, I am always cleaning looking for ways my kids can do MESS FREE arts and crafts.

I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors tempera paint sticks from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors

There are many reasons you will want a set (or if you are like me you will want multiple sets) of these Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors in your home or office.

  • 6 Classic Colors
  • Easy To Use
  • Uncap, Twist & Paint
  • No Mess
  • No Fuss
  • No Water Needed
  • Solid Tempera Paint Sticks
  • Dries in 90 Seconds
  • Won’t Crack or Split
  • Paint like finish
  • Great on poster paper, cardboard, wood and canvas

Here is a video from The Pencil Grip, Inc demonstrating their tempera paints.  They have a regular sticks (Kwik Stix) and a thin sticks (Thin Stix) sizes and lots of additional colors are available too. Check their website for more information.

How we used Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors:

Art Classes:

We have a subscription to online art lessons through Creating A Masterpiece that teaches the kids to use various paints, pencils, pens, charcoal, etc in making masterpieces.  We have used various art supplies for their Art Classes, however these Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors gave us a whole new art experience.

They were easy to hold and dried quickly and we had no mess to clean up. They are great for painting large areas with a single color.

The only down side is that we didn’t know how to blend the colors or to get really fine detail with them. If there was a way to narrow the tip of the Thin Stix even more, then we could have sharpened up the details of our pictures.

But over all we like them and I am adding more sets of these wonderful Thin Stix tempera paints to their homeschool art supplies for their art lesson projects.

Father’s Day Bookmark:

Father’s Day is coming up soon and we decided we needed a cute project we could make for dad. We checked out the Better Handwriting At Home blog by The Pencil Grip, Inc for some craft ideas. One of the projects their blog featured was using a hammer coloring page  made into a Father’s Day card. My husband is a master carpenter and the kids agreed that a hammer is just the right gift for him! But instead of making a hammer into a card that is only used once, my son wanted to make a handy hammer bookmark for Dad’s bible that he could use everyday.

We searched on line for a free hammer coloring page and printed out copies for the kids to use.  We got our supplies together that included: Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors , a glue stick, file folders to make a strong back (a cereal box will also work), a pencil, and a pair of scissors. You can also use a laminator when you are done to help them last even longer.

Next step was to paint their pictures. It was so easy to use. It felt almost like panting with lipstick or a tube of chap-stick. But not greasy. Instead it was smooth and dry.

There is no smearing or smudging. The paint dries very quickly. We were not able to blend colors, but that was fine for this application. As the kids got used to using them, they learned how to press lighter or harder to create a different textured look.

The paint dried smooth before it was completely dry. That is nice. We tried to rub a little off with a paper towel where he had pressed to hard and got it too dark, but it is difficult to remove once the paint is on the paper. So my advice is to press lightly and add more later if you need too.

By the time he was finished painting his hammer, it was completely dry. There was no waiting necessary for him to move on to gluing the hammer onto the file folder. We have never had painted crafts progress so quickly! Next, he cut out the shape of the hammer through both layers of paper and folder.

The file folder backing gave the bookmark enough strength to stay straight when being handled. It won’t bend out of shape during repeated use.

On the back side of the bookmark, he decided not to paint it, but instead drew out the design of the hammer and wrote a scripture message to Dad. He got out his cursive workbook for reference to make sure he wrote his letters very neat.

He did a great job and I am certain Dad will enjoy it and get a lot of use with it.

Father’s Day Card:

My daughter wanted to make something a little more feminine and came up with a card that features a pair of praying hands and the bible verse “Our Father” that Jesus taught us to pray.  She used the Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors to create “painted fingernails” on the praying hands so they resembled her own hands. For this project we found a free coloring page online with a scripture.

She chose this specific scripture because it talks about our Heavenly Father and how HE leads us and takes care of us EVERYDAY.

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6: 9-13

She chose to paint the finger nails, because she loves it when her Daddy paints her nails. She painted the nails green because her favorite color was not an option in this Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors set.

She said the green paint was the next best option.  She has asked me to order the additional colors of Thin Stix for her birthday so she can have “Pink” and “Purple” and “Light Blue” which are her favorite colors. Thankfully Thin Stix 6pk of Neon Colors will work perfect for her.

To make her Father’s Day card, she glued along one edge of two pieces of construction paper and pressed the edges together to create binding for her card. After painting the finger nails on her coloring page, she used scissors to cut out the hands and the scripture and glued them onto the front piece of her card. She put another message inside her card. I think her Daddy will really like her card and the special touch of the painted fingernails.

Garden Pots:

We plan to paint some cute bugs on flower pots next. We also saw this project on the Better Handwriting at Home blog. Our spring garden is really coming along nicely. Be sure to check out the stories on our garden and updates. We recently bought a stacking 3 pot planter system on our last grocery trip. I plan to plant it with herbs later this week. If the weather cooperates and time permits, then I plan to use the Thin Stix to paint some bugs and designs on those pots and then plant them.  I will try to post an update garden story about it next week.

DIY Art Kits:

We also have two birthdays coming up and both birthday kids have requested a set of Thin Stix paints for their birthdays. So inaddition to adding these to our art supplies at home for art classes, I have ordered additional sets for both kids (the Neon pack for my daughter and the Classic pack for my son) and made DIY Art Kits for them.

These Thin Stix tempera paints are “take anywhere” and “mess free” so they are perfect to take on the go in the car, or to a game, to sit outside and paint a scene from nature, or if they want they can even color in bed.

DIY Art Kits are portable, can be easily carried, and are light weight so the kids, or mom (I want to make a kit for me too) can sit anywhere and have the basic art supplies they need to create something beautiful.

For these kits, I used a re-purposed container. I saved a see through zippered plastic pouch from a bed sheet set. This container is the perfect holder for their kits, they can see everything in it at a glance, and they will fit nicely in a shoulder bag or backpack.

DIY Art Kits include:

Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors tempera paints, Mixed Media Sketch Paint Pad, Charcoal Pencils, Graphite Pencils, Colored Pencils, Pencil Sharpener, Eraser, Ruler, Gel Pens, and a small Watercolor Kit, various Paint Brushes (not pictured) and a sponge.

The paint brushes for the DIY Art Kit are back-ordered so I didn’t get a picture of them yet.   I am hopeful they will arrive in time for their birthdays. I wanted to keep these kits mess free and easy to use. Thin Stix are wonderful for keeping them mess free, but sometimes you want to use watercolors too. These brushes will help watercolor paints to be less messy because they hold water in the handle of the paint brush. For the watercolor brushes all you do is squeeze the brush then dab the brush onto the dry watercolor and use it.  Then to clean it just squeeze the brush again so water reaches the brush and wipe off on the sponge before you get your next color.

I think my kids will really enjoy using these homemade portable DIY Art Kits. I am thankful for the opportunity to try out the Thin Stix 6k Classic Colors tempera paints and we are excited to include them in our portable travel kits and our art supplies in our home.Stay tuned for pictures of other projects we make with our Thin Stix! They are a lot of fun, mess free, and so easy to use!

The Pencil Grip, Inc.

The Pencil Grip, Inc is a world renown company and leading manufacturer of ergonomic writing aids and therapeutic toys and educational products.

The Pencil Grip, Inc specializes in unique products that have many applications. These products help correct hand position, dexterity, and reduce stress on the hands and knuckles. They help control the grip of the writing instrument and improve performance. Their products are fun to use and help motivate hesitant learners too.

The Pencil Grip, Inc company was created by educational therapist Dr. Lois Provda in 1992 and their products have many decades of successful use in pediatric occupational therapy and classroom settings. Fast forward to today, the company has grown into an irreplaceable resource for hundreds of unique and innovative products for the home, school, and office. Millions of parents, teachers, and therapists worldwide have used these products and believe in the value and methods.

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