Monday, March 5, 2018

The Pencil Grip Inc. {Review}

We have found what we have been looking for in The Pencil Grip Inc.'s 24 pack
of Magic Stix Washable Markers. These markers are the perfect fit for a
homeschooling family such as ours. I am thrilled to tell you about our experience
with them!
Magic Stix Washable Markers

Normally, I do not have a favorable impression of markers for several reasons.
For one, as a kid, I remember markers having such a strong smell that it would
give me a headache. I know some kids enjoyed the scents but it certainly was
not for me. And to be honest, if I had markers like that in my house today,
my kids would probably stick them up their nose or something. Another reason
I have a distaste for markers is the drying out factor. As a parent of many children
this is super frustrating. I finally teach the older ones to put the caps back on
when they are done using their markers but then a younger one comes along and
just doesn't understand. This then leads to the undue frustration of your child
sitting down to compete a school assignment that calls for the use of markers
only to find out that the markers are dried out.

My final reason dates back to when I was a preschool teacher. There was always
the tedious task of going through the marker bins and testing each and every
marker to make sure they were fit to use. I finally learned that for my sanity's
sake, it was best to assign this job to my assistant when she needed something
to do!

Magic Stix Washable Markers are unlike any markers I have been exposed to in

the past. They don't give me the headache (literally) that other markers do. They
are neatly packaged, come in bright, bold colors and do not dry out! The 24 pack
comes in a convenient, plastic carrying case for easy storage. Usually I buy
markers that come in a flimsy plastic covering that are begging to be poured out
into another container. Or, I will get the ones that come in a cardboard box. The
box breaks in about a day so they soon join the others in my marker container
as well.

The storage solution of the Magic Stix Washable Markers is simple but effective.
I have noticed that my kids clean up these markers without being asked because
it is easy, quick and simple to store. And, because there is a specific spot for each
marker they can easily notice how many are missing and know how many to look
for. Otherwise, in the case of my mismatch marker container I usually use, they
don't know how many are missing so taking the extra time to look under the
tables or couches usually doesn't happen. With these markers, it does.

My kids could not wait to get their hands on these markers. They were fresh, new
and exciting. I told my three oldest kids to draw their favorite thing. I left this
wide open and they all three had the same thing on their mind. Treasure hunting.
We were just about to embark on a weekend adventure of relic hunting for my
son's birthday so they all used that theme in their pictures.

I was not surprised with my oldest son's drawing. He loves drawing mountains and
he is a fan of metal detecting. If you look to the left of the tree, you'll see he did
not leave out his favorite hobby and he certainly had fun using the bright colors
for his mountains.

My second oldest son also loves detecting like his older brother. A few years back,
he learned how to draw cattails so I see he brought that skill back and added them
around a pond. He loves visiting his grandfather's pond so this too is not a

My daughter has had a recent obsession with tents. She just made a neat one
for her Barbie dolls and she is begging for one for her 18" inch dolls and an indoor
one for herself. But, to go along with the treasure hunting theme that her brothers
started, she drew a coin hidden in the soil.

I love the color selection offered in this pack. Last week I saw my son drawing a
neat picture that used the peach color for skin and it looked amazing. I have
noticed my kids enjoying the variety of colors with these markers and their
creativity has been fun to watch.

Something else that was fun to watch was putting one of the markers out for
seven days to test the company's claim that "they won't dry out for seven days
with the cap off."

My son was so excited to try the marker out after the seven days was up that he
ran and grabbed it when the time was up and wrote down his name.
It came out perfect, clear with no streaks or problems. Worked just like new!

Overall, we love using these markers in our homeschool and we even love
taking them on the road with us since they are easy to carry.
We look forward to using these markers more and more throughout the
homeschool year!

The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Win A 24-Pack Magic Stix Washable Markers Of Your Own!

Our friends over at The Pencil Grip Inc., are generously offering one
Thrift Schooling reader the opportunity to win a 24-pack of Magic Stix Washable
Markers. Enter the Rafflecopter below to win!
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Magic Stix Washable Markers {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}
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Kelly Burgess said...

I want to win because I'm obsessed with these markers! LOL. Seriously, I use them constantly in adult coloring books. I never want to run out!

Lori said...

I'd love to win because my boys love to draw & color. These markers have wonderful colors that they would use like crazy!

Aaron said...

I would like to win for my friend Jill to express her art.

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clc408 said...

My little niece spends a lot of time drawing and creating art. She would have so much fun with these and I would love to give her a set.

Antoinette M said...

I would love to win for my daughter. She likes to draw and would love all these colors.

chrissybum said...

I would like to win these for my grandchildren when they come to visit. Always looking for projects for them to do. This would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary Crosson said...

My 4yo daughter loves drawing and anything art-related and I'm tired of throwing out markers because they got dried out when she forgot to replace the cap. These look great.

Unknown said...

My daughter is an up and coming artist, and these would be great to share with her :)

Alex said...

My granddaughter loves to color and draw!

Anonymous said...

I want to win do I could give these to my granddaughter, she loves to draw with markers and is very talented for her age.

mkjmc said...

Tired of our markers drying out

kellyr78 said...

I would like to win for my daughter. She enjoys creating works of art.

Karley Moore said...

I would like to win these for my grandson. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

I would love to put this in my daughters Easter basket

Jessica Padilla said...

I'd love to win this for my son.

Sandy B said...

I want to win for my grandsons. They are very talented fellas. Thanks gor the offer!

Edye Nicole said...

As a gift for my cousin!


Chris L said...

These would be great for my daughter when she is working on art projects.

Martianne said...

We <3 these markers and want to share more with friends.

Brittney said...

I love these Magic Stix and would love to win some quality art supplies for our fledgling homeschool co-op.

Tracey M. said...

I would like to win this set for my 10-year-old daughter who loves Art and Drawing. The markers she uses now are horrible! We'd like to try something new. Her coloring books contain a lot of detail and these markers will help her create a vibrant picture and fill in those tiny spots. If I win I plan on putting them in her Easter basket or I'll surprise her with a new coloring book. Than you for the opportunity!

elizabeth miller said...

I would love to win these for my granddaughter. She loves drawing.

Brittany S said...

My little one loves coloring and just now reached the age where she can use markers

Kayla klontz said...

I would love to win these for my kids, they love doing art projects and coloring!

aperry said...

I would love to try out these markers for poster making.

Gala said...

I want to win it for my daughter who loves to draw & color. Those markers have great bright colors!

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maryjaco1 said...

I would love to try these out for myself.

Darlene said...

I want to win because I have 5 grandchildren that are homeschooled and could use these for their arts and crafts.

Helen said...

I want to win because my little girl would have fun coloring with these.

Unknown said...

I would love to win this for my nieces and nephew

Audrey Stewart said...

I want to win for my sister. She uses them in Sunday School for the 6 year olds she teaches. (

LauraJJ said...

Oh I would love to win for our family. Never fails...I always find a marker without a top! This is such a wonderful idea!

desitheblonde said...

my cusin who lost her son to muder she using the coloring to do stress

Unknown said...

I would love these for my granddaughter.

molli said...

my kids burn through art supplies and i'm burnng through my finances, haha.

Shakeia Rieux said...

I would love to win this for my nieces because they love to draw.

Michelle D. said...

I'd like to win these for my daughter. She is 10 and loves to draw

wen budro said...

I want to win this because my kids love to do art projects.

Clair Shumack said...

I would love to win these for my daughter! She is always doodling and coloring!

Jeremy said...

Would like to win for my nephew.

Vikki Billings said...

I would love to win these because I color to reduce stress and pain, coloring helps take my mind off my pain. I love getting new markers that I can color with.

Meghan said...

My daughter would love it!

wendy browne said...

My toddler loves to color and these would be great n case we lose a top.

lkw1974 said...

Would love to win. Thank you

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