Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kwik Stix 12 pk Review

My family had the privilege of trying the The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kwik Stix 12 pk for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

In 1992 The Pencil Grip was invented by an educational therapist by the name of Dr. Lois Provda. The Pencil Grip, Inc. bloomed from there and now has hundreds of ingenious products for home, school, and office. There are so many neat products to choose from.

Kwik Stix 12 pk is a product from The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks that can be used without paint smocks, water, brushes, and drop cloths. These are simple to use, are mess free, and have no smell. You use them how you would a glue stick and they are about the same size too. Just uncap, twist up, and paint with it. Once you are done using that particular color twist down and recap. The paint dries in 90 seconds and the colors are bright, bold, and vivid. The Kwik Stix12 pk comes with a rainbow of classic colors including: white, yellow, orange, red, pink, light green, dark green, light blue, indigo/dark blue, violet/purple, brown, and black. The paint's texture and consistency is a cross between lipstick, oil pastels, and crayons.  These work great on paper, poster board, cardboard, wood, canvas, and more! Besides classic colors these also come in 6 packs of neons and metalix. These are non-toxic and safe for little artists.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

Teela holding the pencil correctly with The Pencil Grip.

The Kwik Stix 12 pk we received came with a few extras from The Pencil Grip, Inc. We also received an indigo/dark blue sample Kwik Stix and a Single Pencil Grip on a promotional pen with The Pencil Grip, Inc. on it. I hope the Single Pencil Grip will help my 8 year old, Teela. She has had an awful pencil grip from day one and I have tried to get her to stop holding the pencil with a fist when she writes. This looks like it will definitely do the trick and hopefully get her in the habit of holding the pencil correctly. You can also use this for a number of other writing, drawing, and painting implements as shown in the picture above.

Kwik Stix Masterpieces

The best part of the Kwik Stix 12 pk for this mama was the no mess kids art factor! I also did not have to get out any extra equipment for coverage and no water is needed. This means no drips or spills. I wished we had used these for Teela's 8th birthday because we had so many paint drips and a spilled water cup all over the table which almost made for a disastrous soggy mess and ruined artwork. I would have used these in a heartbeat if I would have known how much easier these were to handle and clean up after.

Zari's Mother's Day Card for me, painted with Kwik Stix.

Teela's Happy Birthday card to me, painted with Kwik Stix.

Teela and her 5 year old sister loved the Kwik Stix 12 pk! The sticks were very easy for little hands to operate. I also noticed that since the paint dried quickly there was also very little color bleeding into the next. You can not get very detailed with these because of the blunt end, but the paint makes great layers and would be awesome to use for a Monet art study. Teela and Zari had fun making pictures with the Kwik Stix and they decorated cards for me for Mother's Day and my Birthday which is May 10th. I even did a picture of a llama...really, how could I resist?! These are a wonderful addition to our kids art supplies!

My llama picture, painted with Kwik Stix.

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kwik Stix 12 pk is $11.99 on their website. You can also go to to see and purchase more of their products.

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