Painting is fun, and my kids enjoy it. However, it is also messy, which makes it kind of stressful for me. For this review, we got to check out the Kwik Stix 12 pk from The Pencil Grip, Inc. a unique set of paints that reduce the mess without reducing the fun!
Kwik Stix come in a variety of vibrant colors, and they are the perfect size to fit in your hand. The non-toxic Tempera paint glides easily across the paper and dries very fast, with an almost watercolor-like finish. The coolest thing about them is that you don’t need to use any water or paintbrushes, you just unscrew the cap, twist, and get started!
They feel dry to the touch, and aren’t messy if you get them on your hands or clothes, which is a huge plus in my opinion. My boys liked them because they said using them felt almost like “drawing with paint”. Instead of worrying about the water making the colors run together, they could just hold them and draw what they wanted on the paper.
I could see these being great for entertaining kids on the go, like for road trips or busy days when you have lots of appointments, because you won’t have to worry about them messing up the car or the waiting room that you’re sitting in. Also, they’re convenient size and safe design makes them ideal for toddlers! The paints work well on regular paper, canvas, and posterboard, so they are great for school projects too.
So far, they seem to hold up well to multiple uses, and I think one pack could last for quite a bit of time. I think they are a great way to introduce your child to their inner Picasso, and would be great for use in an art study as well! In addition to the traditional colors in the twelve pack, Kwik Stix also come in bright neon colors and metallic colors, as well as larger packs which would be great if you have a big family or want to use them in a group setting.
In addition to the paints, The Pencil Grip, Inc. also offers pencil grips with ergonomic designs that can help make it easier for your child to hold their pencil. I went through a lot of different pencil grips with my youngest when he was in early elementary school and just beginning to write, and I wish I had had something like these to use with him. We got a sample of the Pinch Grip and even when I held it, it felt very comfortable and natural in my hand. The company offers a progressive 3-step grip system that I could see would help a child struggling with coordination to move into holding a pencil on their own.
I think the Kwik Stix are awesome, and a great resource for any family, and at under $12 they are a steal! To learn more, connect with The Pencil Grip on social media here:
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