{Review} Kwik Stix

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When most mom’s hear the question, “Mom, can I paint?” they cringe at the thought of the paint and the mess that comes along with it.  The water that gets spilled.  The paint that gets all over not just the kids but random places around the house.  Then either grudgingly they say yes and pray that the paint stays in one place or they say no, not at this time and have disappointed kids.  Let me introduce you to Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  Kwik Stix, the paint that you will not hesitate to say yes to!

My family was first introduced to Kwik Stix earlier this year when we had the opportunity to review the product as a part of the Homeschool Review Crew.  The Pencil Grip, Inc. contacted me recently to see if we would be interested in reviewing their Neon & Metalix sets.  We said yes!  My kids love them and so do I!

I was once that mom that I mentioned above.  I cringed at the thought of painting, especially with 5 young children and Kwik Stix changed that!  I find myself now saying yes nearly every time they ask to paint and the two youngest (4 & 3) love to paint with Kwik Stix.

Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint in stick form about the size of a standard glue stick and are perfect for little hands.  You uncap, twist, & paint.  No water is needed so no mess when the cup is accidentally tipped over.  You don’t have to worry about the colors mixing because they do not bleed!  The best thing about Kwik Stix is that the paint dries in 90 seconds!  Yes, 90 seconds!  Kwik Stix are also great for classrooms and co-ops (96 ct & 144 ct sets are available!).  Clean up is a breeze!  Other than putting things away and making sure the caps are on tight so the Kwik Stix don’t dry out, clean up is minimal.

The colors in the Neon set are nice and bright & I love the glittery shimmer of the colors in the Metalix set.  Both sets are a great addition to the classic set we reviewed earlier in the year.

With Christmas quickly approaching Kwik Stix by The Pencil Grip makes an awesome stocking stuffer or gift.  They also make excellent gifts throughout the entire year!  You can find them in variety of colors and sets.  They can be found on Amazon (Metalix – Set of 6
Neon – 6 Pack, Classic – 6 Pack, Classic – 12 Pack, 24 ct Classic, Neon, and Metalix Combo set, 96 Pack, and 144 ct Classic – 12 of Each Classic Color) & at Target (online & in stores).

My older girls recently painted pictures of the characters from the movie ‘Inside Out’ (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger).

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This is a picture that Little Man (4) made for me.

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Lil’ Bit made a crown.  Since the paint is dry in 90 seconds she was able to wear the crown almost instantly!!

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the items mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

{Review} ArtAchieve

Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review

I have been looking for art classes to do with my girls and being able to review Entire Level I from ArtAchieve was a blessing for our family.

Art Lessons for Children ArtAchieve Review
Level one consists of online lessons and some printouts.  All of the lessons are available on an interface that is very easily navigated.  Each lesson has a drop down menu with everything that is included for the lesson this includes any warm up pages, lesson printouts, and a choice of doing the lesson by video or power point presentation for every lesson but Lesson 1.  In Lesson 1, the lesson is only available in a power point presentation.  Every lesson references the standards from The National Standards for Arts Education: National Standards for Visual Art that are met.  This is nice for the families that want to have this information.

Here is a list of the lessons in Level 1:

  • Simple Lines (Free)
  • Shading Objects That Have Corners (Free)
  • Shading Rounded Objects (Free)
  • The Czech Cat (Free)
  • The Hungarian Insects
  • The Haitian Gecko
  • The Dragonfly from Ecuador
  • The Chinese Dragon
  • The Owl from Bali
  • The Kitenge Tree Wall Hanging from Tanzania
  • The Plate from Nepal
  • Four Suns with Four Faces
  • The Sheep from Whales

Our family chose to do the video lessons.  The videos last approximately 30 minutes.  Students are encouraged to listen to quiet music while drawing.  We listened to the local Christian radio station quietly.  I really like that the kids are encouraged to draw for themselves and for nobody else.  There is no right or wrong way to draw!  If you draw a line or two that you don’t like then draw some more before deciding if it is not turning out the way that you want it to.

Every lesson starts off with a lesson warm-up.  The picture below is a sample of three of the six warm-ups from a warm-up page.  Students practice drawing different portions of the picture that they will be working on in the lesson.  In the video they are led through the first few lines and then the video is paused for the students to finish the warm up page.  My girls did get a bit frustrated that their boxes didn’t look exactly like the sample but I encouraged them to do their best and that is what is important.  Remember there is no right or wrong way to draw!

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After the warm up students are encouraged to do some short relaxing exercises in preparation for drawing.  Then the students are led step by step through the drawing.  The video can be paused when needed for the students to finish the portion that they are working on. Then after the drawing is completed the students will color in the picture how they want to, including using the space around the picture.  Then the students are asked to reflect on what they worked on.  It is all kept in a positive light.  For example, how did the artist design the background and how did they the background or how did they make something different than how the bug is found in nature.

The following two pictures are screen shots from two lessons.

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Samples of the girl’s completed drawings from one of the lessons.

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The supply list for Level 1 is not long.  You need colored markers, black fine tipped Sharpie, paint pens, glitter paint, water colors, oil pastels, crayons, and acrylic paint to complete the lessons.  If you have multiple students taking the course, some things you can share while others, you will want them to have their own.

ArtAchieve offers a few lesson from Level 1 at no charge.  This will give your family the opportunity to try the lessons out.  The remaining lessons are affordable and available individually for $4 a piece or can purchased in a bundle for $36.00 (25% savings).

The girls and I have enjoyed the lessons so far and look forward to finishing the lessons in Level 1!  These completed pages are a great addition to their scrapbooks.

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{Review} The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review
The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent my family a 12 pack of Kwik Stix (in classic) to review.  Also, included in the box was a sample dark blue Classic Kwik Stix and a pencil grip.

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

Kwik Stix are great fun for toddlers to adults!  They are a big hit in my house!  The kids love them because they get to paint more.  I love them because there is little to no mess, no water to be dumped, no paint everywhere, and they dry quickly!

One of the first things you probably do when you hear those dreaded words “Can I paint?” is cringe.  I know I do, even if I don’t show it!  With Kwik Stix I found myself saying yes to the question nearly every time they asked.  The girls were happy cause they were getting to paint more.  I was happy because I do not have to worry about them getting paint everywhere since it doesn’t.  Recently, the kids painted with regular paint, they got paint on my brand new pair of shoes.  I don’t even know how that happened because my shoes were no where near them and the paint.  If you do get Kwix Stix paint on the table (like painting by the edges of the paper) it is easily cleaned up.  I had the kids keep a sheet a paper behind what they are working on to help minimize that and it worked out well.  It is even safe to let a toddler paint!  My two year old was excited to use them.

IMG_0748This is Lil’ Bit and Daddy working together on a picture with Kwik Stix.

Kwik Stix are about the size of a glue stick and kids of any age can easily use them.  They have caps like glue sticks do and you can reveal as much or as a little of the paint as you want with the twist bottom.  Even better is they do not need water!  No more worrying about a glass of water being knocked over.  Another thing that I liked is that when a color is colored over another color that is still wet the paint doesn’t transfer to each other.  For example you could paint with the yellow stick over the black on your paper and your yellow is still yellow!

IMG_0988The 2 year old painting with Kwik Stix.

Another awesome thing is that when creations are created they are dry within 90 seconds!  Yes, 90 seconds!   The majority of the time I found that it didn’t even take the full 90 seconds to dry.  A very happy momma here!  Kwik Stix will make a great addition to any household, classroom, and/or co-op because you can paint items and no more hanging artwork and waiting for them to dry or worrying about getting paint somewhere in the car because it wasn’t quite dry when you take home the artwork.

 

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Lil’ Bit & Sweet Pea

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Peanut and her crocodile.

Besides the Classic set, Kwik Stix is available in Neon and Metalix colors.  In addition to the 12 count Classic Kwik Stix, Classic is also available in 6 or 96 counts.  The 96 count Classic is a class pack and you get 8 pieces of each color.

 

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

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