Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kwik Stix Thin Stix {review}

When it comes to preschool art, there is a fine line between giving the child enough freedom to create freely, and giving so much freedom that you end up with a huge mess.  One of our favorite preschool supplies that allows both creativity and independence is Kwik Stix, which are sticks of tempera paint that dry quickly (90 seconds) and are ideal for mess-free art.

We had the pleasure of reviewing Kwik Stix a little over a year ago, and I fell in love.  I recommend them all the time to anyone who asks for fun art supplies, especially for preschool and early elementary.  Eleanor loves hands-on projects, so anytime she gets to do arts and crafts, she is thrilled.  She asks for her paint sticks all the time.  Naturally, I was thrilled when we were given the opportunity to review a new product, Thin Stix.

The Thin Stix are slimmer versions of the original Kwik Stix that give more precision, but are still of the same high quality.  By comparison, the originals were short like a glue stick, while these are slimmer and slightly longer, more like the size of toddler markers.  You can get different size lines by changing the angle of the stick, though that's not particularly important for my four year old right now.

These are just as easy to use as the originals though - just pop off the cap, twist and paint!  These are super easy for preschoolers to manipulate, which is why I always recommend them for younger children, even though they are fun for all ages.

Since receiving her new paint sticks, Eleanor has painted a lot on regular copy paper and in coloring books, but since there is no water involved and it's not "wet" like watercolors or liquid tempera paint, the paper doesn't get soaked or soggy, and the paint doesn't run or drip.

You can see how vibrant the colors are here.  

The Kwik Stix can be used on more than paper though - they are appropriate for cardboard, canvas, poster board and other common materials, and I wanted to see how they would hold up.  I had a little wooden craft kit put back for her, so I asked if she wanted to paint it.  YES!  I told you, the girl loves her crafts.  It dried quickly, as expected, and hasn't smeared or rubbed off, so we are very pleased.

I couldn't be more pleased with these paint sticks.  They are vibrant colors, virtually mess-free, and easy for all ages to use.  The Pencil Grip offers Kwik Sticks in Original, Neon and Metalix colors available on Amazon, so there are a lot of color options in addition to the different sizes.  They also have lots of fun craft ideas on Pinterest so if you need inspiration, be sure to check them out!

I am very happy with Kwik Stix and will continue to stock these in our art closet.

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