Monday, May 22, 2017

The Pencil Grip, Inc. - Thin Stix {review}

Once in a while, I find a product that I wholeheartedly love for our homeschool.  The current love of mine is Thin Stix!  Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors are from The Pencil Grip, Inc, and they are great for all ages, but they are now a permanent part of my preschool arsenal.

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We've been blessed to review Kwik Stix before, but let me remind you of why I am in love.  The Kwik Stix brand offers solid tempera paint in a stick, which is easy for preschoolers to use.  Uncap, twist, paint.  There is no water or wet paints and it dries in 90 seconds.  What does that mean?  It means no drips, smears, or messes.  They are easy and fun for the kids, and quick and nearly mess free means great for mom!

Here's one of the projects we did recently.  My 2 year old came home with a "flower face" craft one night, and my 4 year old wanted one as well.  So we made one, improvising on the supplies and utilizing our Thin Stix!  I had some foam printing plates in our art cabinet from previous projects, so we cut one into a circle and cut out an opening for her face, and she painted it yellow.

Then she painted a craft stick green for the stem.

She asked for circle flower petals, so we cut those out quickly.  We glued everything together, and ta da!  She had a flower face that looked similar enough to her sister's to make her happy, but uniquely her own!

In addition to the foam and craft sticks, we've used our Kwik Stix on various types of paper, and wood projects, and recently on cardboard.  This was my preschooler's family portrait, though it wasn't until after I took the picture that she realized she forgot to add herself!  No matter what we've used, the paint goes on clean and smooth, and the colors remain vivid.

When painting with other paints, I often elect to do it during nap time.  It's just easier.  However, with Kwik Stix, the two year old gets to join in too because these are so easy to use.  She is still just experimenting with colors and marking on paper right now, but it's a good way for her to participate with the big kids in a developmentally appropriate way.

{These are non-toxic, but also labeled not for children under 3 years of age . . . I certainly recommend caution and close supervision when using with young children, because they can pose a choking hazard.}

The Thin Stix are great for motor skills, because of capping/uncapping, twisting and controlling the paint stick. They are my go-to for quick or impromptu art projects because I don't have to get out paintbrushes, water cups, and paper towels, and we don't have to wait for paint projects to dry.  Just one more reason they are ideal for preschoolers!  They're literally a grab-and-go supply, and they're also easy for little ones to clean up when they're finished!

The Thin Stix are slightly longer and thinner than the originals, giving a little more precision, but both are fabulous products and will be a staple in my art cabinet for a long time!  Thin Stix and other Kwik Stix options come in different sized packages and color options at your favorite retailers like Amazon and ToysRUs, so be sure to check them out!

Also feel free to check out my previous reviews of the original Kwik Stix and the Thin Stix, to see other projects we have completed.

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If you want to see how other crew members are using the Kwik Stix, especially with older kids, be sure to check out the other reviews!

No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

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