Thursday, May 5, 2016

What's More Fun Than A Barrel of Monkeys? - The Kwik Stix 12 pk of Course! - A Homeschool Review Crew Review

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review
Since we have two kids on the autism spectrum, we tend not to do things that are messy. One of our children in particular is very sensory and can't stand things that are icky and gooey. So, we tend not to do homeschool projects that require him to get touch yucky feeling stuff, finger painting, paper mache, and that type of thing. Well, when I found out that we were going to get to review the Kwik Stix 12 pk from The Pencil Grip, Inc. I was skeptical but excited. By the way they looked in the pictures that I saw I wondered if they were going to be messy. I was pleasantly surprised!

Kwik Stix are ingenious! It is simply solid tempera paint in a tube. There is no water needed and it dries in 90 seconds. When I first saw it I thought it was gong to be one of those paint tubes with a roller on the end. Those can be very messy. However, this is nothing like that at all. It actually really is solid. When you use it, it almost feels like coloring with a crayon. It is not slick so that it slips and kids can make mistakes but it makes contact with the paper so that the kids can feel what they are doing. Does that make sense? All the kids have to do is uncap the top, twist the bottom so that the solid tempera paint comes to the top, and create!

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

One of the projects that we decided to do was make Mother's Day cards with them for Sarah this weekend. Jacob had a blast. He was the one that I worried about using them the most. Since they are bigger around than a crayon, he had no problem gripping them even though he has small motor problems. As I mentioned before, because of the solid consistency of the paint, he could actually feel what he was doing and that made it easier. The solid consistency and the fact that it dries so quickly means that it doesn't bleed through the paper so we could actually use them to make cards and not worry about what the inside was going to look like. We received the Kwik Stix 12 pk and the colors are vibrant. The cards are going to be beautiful and I will add pictures to this post when they are completely done.

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

I think that it is really neat that these paints can be used on different materials. The Pencil Grip, Inc. folks have been very helpful and they even sent us some suggestions for Mother's Day crafts. They suggested that we buy white mylar balloons to decorate as well. I didn't find those but the suggestion got me to thinking of all of the neat things we could do with Kwik Stix. You can decorate wood, paper, mylar and all sorts of things with this. This is a keeper for us!

Okay, you may have noticed that the name of the company is The Pencil Grip, Inc. That is because one of their top products is, indeed, a pencil grip. They sent us a sample to use and I love it. Some of you may know that I was an educational therapist for eleven years when I lived in Florida. I worked with special needs children that had learning disabilities. One of the things that we were very particular about was the way kids held their pencil. It would take much to long to explain everything, but it really is important that children (and adults) hold their pencil in the old tried and true way. The sample we received helps (almost forces) a child to hold their pencil correctly. This is going to be something we use time and time again.

Well, as you can probably tell, we are super thrilled with the Kwik Stix 12 pk that we reviewed. It has really opened up a new world for my kids. No more just using crayons, markers, or colored pencils for their art work. They can actually use tempera paint! To find out more about this product or any of the other products from The Pencil Grip, Inc. just click on any one of the highlighted links above. To see what other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have to say just click on the banner below. Happy Homeschooling!

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review
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