Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Magic Stix Washable Markers ~ a Review

How often in your children's lives have you gotten out the markers for them to color... only to find out someone did not put the cap back on last week? If your answer is "not many" then your children might still be little. :) 
This very scenario has happened many times in our 15 years of homeschooling, so I was interested when The Pencil Grip, Inc. contacted us and asked if we wanted to try out their new washable markers - Magic Stix - the ones with a seven day no-dry-out guarantee. Of course I said "yes!"

You see, moms want to have it all together every day, but that just is not always our reality. Some days we just plop the kids down at the table with a big pile of paper and the magic markers and let them have a go... while we go fold the laundry, clean the sink, or eat lunch. That is life. The problem is, most magic markers are not designed for real life, and the things your children - especially the preschoolers - will dish out!

I, like many moms, was thankful for the advent of washable markers. More fun, less tragic laundry, less times through the  bath for the kids. Unfortunately, some of those washable markers did not color well, and the ones that did were high in price. While I am not opposed to paying more for a quality item, I want to make sure it is a good value. Today I am here to let you know these new Magic Stix washable markers are a great value!

First off, these Magic Stix come in a study plastic case. Great for carrying around the house, or adding to your go-to bag of kid friendly supplies for a day out and about - or a trip to the Doctor's office.

Secondly, these markers are designed to be used by children: they are washable, odorless, and non-toxic. AND they come with a vented safety cap. If you wonder why that is important, think about how many three year olds you know love putting stuff in their mouths - even when you are watching! Ugh! It is a good thing God made Arlene so cute, or she would have never had any fun as a kid - LOL! 

Thirdly, the colors are bold, and the marker nibs are sturdy. They probably won't stand up forever to an all-out assault by an angry five year old, but they do retain their shape well. Arlene (now 17) tried them out for a quick sketch as soon as they arrived. She pronounced them good. I've used them several times since then, including using them in an adult coloring book with fairly small designs. I was pleasantly surprised to find them well-suited for many purposes.

Since these Magic Stix can work for adults, teens, and small children, they would make an ideal choice for a family to purchase. The entire clan can sit down and color together, all from the same set. No worrying about if the preschooler gets the markers, or drops them on the floor...or colors on the table - you get my drift right?

We put our Magic Stix to the test ourselves, you can see in the picture above that they still worked well on day six. I was not sure which day I was going to post this review, so at the end of day six I put the cap back on. Guess what? On day eight (this afternoon), I opened the marker back up and it worked as well as it did on day 1. That is great news to a mom who has lost several markers over the years because of caps not getting put back on correctly! If you are thinking about getting a set for your family's (please sit quietly at church) bag, remember, Sunday happens every seven days, and these can survive the wait. :)

I also want to mention that the safety caps have some texture molded in, making it easy to grasp the caps to remove them. But not so much texture as to make them uncomfortable to hold.

So how about your family? Would you like to get a set of Magic Stix for some  coloring fun? Want to get a young someone an art supply gift that won't leave mom and dad dreading creative time? Magic Stix come in both 12 and 24 pack options. They are available on Amazon and directly from The Pencil Grip, Inc.'s website.

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We received free product from The Pencil Grip, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. We were not required to write a positive review, nor were we compensated in any other way. All opinions are our own. We are disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

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