Ahead of the Game for Back to School Supplies
Supplies for School and Home
It's been a crazy year for us here in Kansas. Two weeks into July we were scheduled to move home to Washington state. Then the last day of August, it was canceled. This meant my oldest had to get enrolled and set up for school here that starts in just 1 week! Crazy! Luckily we are ready with some useful back to school supplies from Scribble Stuff, USA Gold, and The Board Dudes.
Felt Tip Pens
All kids love art. My oldest draws his own posters to sell at his lemonade stand. The 4-year-old loves to write his letter and numbers, and admittedly my 2-year-old just loves to scribble. I also love art and have a number of adult coloring books. And while these specific pens are not found on my oldest's back to school supplies list, he'll have plenty of projects to do throughout the year that will need more than markers and crayons. These are perfect.
The felt tips pens come in two varieties: 24-pack felt tip pens and 16-pack scented felt tip pens. There is a wide variety of colors and shades and they are so smooth to write or draw with. The colors are true to their representations and look bold and clear on paper. They have fairly fine tips so the ink doesn't spread too much which is nice. The plastic box can be reused to store the pens quickly and easily.
Of COURSE, my kids love the scented pens. Those were the envy of my day back in school as well and little has changed. Each pen smells like something associated with that color, so there are 16 unique scents. They are "smelly" enough that you can indeed discern the scent, but are not overwhelming by any means. You really have to be aware that they have a unique scent to be aware of it. They also have sturdy plastic nibs to keep the tips from collapsing too much or fraying.
I have my own collection of gel pens I use for my art, but hey often turn up missing or misplaced. Now the kids have their own! There is an 8-count pack of fluorescent colored pens which are very attention-grabbing. They almost seem to glow they are so bright. There is a 24-pack that has 8 glitter pens, 8 neon pens, and 8 metallic gel pens. This is nice as it offers enough variety for any need or want. The neons are bright like the fluorescent pens. The glitter pens really have flecks of glitter in them as they write to add sparkle to any project. The metallic pens are also shiny and glittery, but with much finer sparkle.
You can also get a 32-count gel pen tower. This is nice to keep pens neat and organized. It is already assembled with pens in their proper places. They are easy to remove from their slots and to replace. They also have 2 different 30-count varieties of scented gel pens. Each pack is divided into three distinct scents. They have rose, citrus lemon, coconut, passion fruit, apple blossom, and berry scents. The coconut and apple blossom seem to be the easiest to pick out. The scents are not as strong as in the felt pens, but they are there.
There are SO many colors you can do anything with them. They write so smoothly and I have yet to have any issues with them clogging up or not writing. It's easy to get them going and they write or draw continuously.
USA Gold Pencils
The above photo has been going around on social media lately as back to school time gets back into gear. It's made by a school teacher highlighting the pencils they prefer their students to have. USA Gold pencils are some of the best. A third-party study in April of 2017 showed that 89% of teachers would recommend this brand. They have been made-in-America in Lewisburg, TN for the last 57 years. You can get packs of pencils sharpened or unsharpened.
Pencils are essential back to school supplies and with how incredibly inexpensive it is to pick up a pack of both sharpened and unsharpened you might as well get the best. Some will be ready to go at the start of school and others won't lose their tip by sitting around waiting to be used. I know my kids are not easy on their supplies! You get plenty in a pack, so you shouldn't run out any time soon.
The Board Dudes Dry Erase Board
Last year my 2nd grader had a locker in his classroom. I got my first locker in middle school so I was surprised. My oldest also has trouble staying organized, so this year he'll bring this board to school to put in his cubby or locker with his back to school supplies. It's small enough to fit in even the smallest sized locker and can be attached using magnets or adhesive tape. If you use the magnets, you use the enclosed adhesive tape to attach the magnets to the board. It includes the marker with attached holder clip and a magnet to hold small papers or cards to the board. The marker can be wiped away using cloth or tissue or paper towel.
Ready with Back to School Supplies
No matter what my kids need to write or draw this year, they will be ready with these back to school supplies. They offer such a huge variety of styles and colors and even scents that there are plenty of choices of pens to use. They write easily and cleanly. The dry erase board will help my oldest stay organized and practice his writing skills. The USA Gold pencils are top notch and teacher approved. My son is heartily prepped for school and my youngest is going to be well educated at home having fun with these supplies.
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