Drawing pencils or regular pencils – you decide at Stubby Pencil Studio

October 26th, 2014

When you tossed your newspaper into the recycle bin, did you ever imagine them being made into… pencils? It’s true! Stubby Pencil Studio has a line of pencils that are scented and called Smencils! And let us tell you what… Kids LOVE Smencils! These gourmet scented pencils made from 100% recycled newspapers. Yes, they really are pencils made from rolled sheets of newspaper instead of wood and are available in yummy scents like bubble gum, gingerbread, grape… You can even see the layers of newspaper as you sharpen them and they sharpen the same as all other wood pencils. Available in graphite (#2) pencils or color pencils.

Plus for mom and dad thinking about better test scores we have five Smart Smencils – pencils made from 100% recycled newspaper and scented with peppermint. Science has confirmed it: the scent of peppermint stimulates brain activity and improves concentration. Recent studies showed increased test scores in children who were exposed to the scent of peppermint during testing. Give your brain a boost!

You can order Smencils HERE.

– Kate

Baby’s first finger painting project – Stubby Pencil Studio

October 26th, 2014

Ahhh finger painting, we all remember those great times in preschool and kindergarten when we were kids! Of course many parents are excited to share this time honored experience with their kids.  At that point parents ask the important question – what paints are safe? You know full-well that your kids will get the paint in their mouth, eyes, clothing, and just about everywhere.

Stubby Pencil Studio has the answer for new parents. The very first art material for your baby should be Veggie Finger Paint! This finger paint is perfect for babies and toddlers, it’s made from organic fruits and vegetables. Yes, it’s safe enough to eat – no wheat, no dairy, no sugar, no preservatives and vegan, too.

Convenient jars of dry powder pigments allow you to make the paint up as needed. Simply add equal amounts of water and paint powder to a separate container and mix. Paint will thicken and have a gelatinous texture. Set of 4 colors makes over 32 oz. of liquid paint. Colors: Purple/Blue made with REAL blueberries, Red/Pink made with REAL beets, Yellow made with REAL pumpkin and Green made with REAL spinach- how fun is that!

Made in Oregon. Ages: 6 mo+

– Kate

Amazing Highlighter Pencil – Try it once and you’ll be hooked

October 6th, 2014
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OK, these are amazing – trust me!

Our eco highlighters are the best quality dry pencil highlighters on the market. They don’t crumble and they last a really, really long time! Eco highlighters have a natural wood finish and a neon color core that marks similar to a standard highlighter, but unlike standard fiber tip highlighters, these dry highlighters are eco friendly and a Stubby Pencil Studio exclusive!

Our highlighters use no plastics, no ink solvents, and no volatile organic compounds. They work great and we love that they don’t bleed through thin pages, leak or ever dry out. There are several colors and package combinations available, but the most common is our set of 5 eco highlighters: including pink, orange, yellow, green and blue – perfect for just about any application. Once you try them, you’ll never go back – no missing caps, no leaking mess, no plastic highlighters in the garbage. Join the many schools, offices and homes that rave about our highlighter pencils and try them today.

See them here on our Pinterest Board

– Mama Kate

 

The World’s Best Pencil Sharpener – At Stubby Pencil Studio!

October 6th, 2014
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It’s true, we sharpen a lot of pencils at Stubby Pencil Studio (and at home with the kids) and believe me – this really is the best pencil sharpener we have EVER used. Every home, office and classroom should have one. It’s quiet and automatically stops once the pencil is sharpened to the perfect point. You have to watch the video HERE

We think this pencil sharpener works better than electric sharpeners and we love the old-school-retro-design. It’s a sturdy sharpener, made of metal and fits standard size pencils. More impressive, it sharpens low quality pencils – which is amazing because they normally break and jam in other sharpeners – and gives new life to poor quality pencils. Mount clamp is included or use it as a portable sharpener.

Available in black, blue, red, green or pink. Click here to order!

 

Enter the Kindercone Sweepstakes!

August 11th, 2014

Win prizes for your entire class!

We have partnered with Tea and other sponsors for this terrific back to school giveaway! You could win prizes for your entire class!

Click here to enter: Kindercone Sweepstakes

Soy Crayons Are Cool For School

August 11th, 2014

Looking for eco friendly school supplies? The folks at SaveonEnergy.com have compiled a terrific list to help you with ideas for going back to school.

Read the article here: 22 Top Picks for the Back to School Season

We are thrilled that our soy crayons made the list!

non-toxic art and school supplies

soy crayons + eco friendly school supplies

Have your Child Color their own Thank You Cards!

August 10th, 2014

It’s important to say, “thank you.”

Have you noticed that the niceties of thank you notes, personalized cards and personalized gifts are fading away? Do you want your kids to understand at an early age the importance of thank you notes? Well we have a great solution! Make thank you and cards fun for kids and they won’t think of it as a chore.

Stubby Pencil Studio has a line of 100% recycled stationery called Color ‘n Kids™. The cards are designed specifically for young children to color themselves, trace the letters, and make their own greetings. We are one of the few companies that designs, prints and sells a wide variety of colorable cards – simply because we think it’s important. A handmade card from a child is a real treasure, especially these days when it’s so easy to send a text, an email, forget, or put it on the to-do later pile (we are all so busy these days). Color ‘n Kids™ cards have simple black and white graphics that are fun for children to color. Your kids will take tremendous pride in their art work being given to a friend, mailed to grandma, a note for their teacher, or someone special in their life.

Here’s another fun and creative idea… get your child involved in their birthday planning. We make it easy and convenient for kids to make their own birthday invitations. Choose your favorite party theme and start coloring the invites (or you can give them uncolored and let your guests color the cards). Color ‘n Kids™ party invitations have sweet, non-commercial, illustrations in several popular themes, like pirates, mermaids, zoo and others that are easy for kids to color and mom or dad can fill-in-the-blanks with all the party details. Don’t forget the coordinating thank you notes to match. Have fun coloring!

–       Mama Kate

Quality Art Supplies – Why Stubby Pencils Should Matter to Moms

August 3rd, 2014

Have you ever bought a pen or pencil only to have it constantly break, dry out, clog or just not last very long? What did you do? There’s no way to recycle it, so you threw it away – it, and countless millions of low quality pencils and pens are tossed into landfills each year. We all do it without considering the impact.

One of the most often asked questions I get is, “Why did you name your company Stubby Pencil Studio?” Yes, I think the name is cute and catchy, but more than that, a stubby pencil has tremendous meaning for me. When my kids show me their stubby little pencils, that have been used and sharpened over and over for months and months, and are down to nothing but a stub and an eraser, I know we got maximum use. The best compliment I can receive is seeing our pencils sharpened down to the stub, so short, they can no longer be used to write or draw.

I love these little stubs and feel great pride that the products I sell are high quality and used to their maximum potential. Maximum use should be a major consideration for all of us in our throw-away society. When we purchase well made, quality products, we can use them longer which translates to less waste in our landfills and less resources used. This is important to me, so much so, that I strive to provide not only toxic-free, but also long lasting products made from sustainable sources. When a set of colored pencils can last an entire school year and be handed down to a younger sibling or re-used the next year, I know our customers are getting great value for their money.

Here’s a list of our favorite high quality pencils – tried and true – and we’re happy to introduce them to you:

Cedar Pencils – eco-friendly, triangular shaped pencils made from recycled cedar wood scraps. The ergonomic shape is very comfortable and the natural finish with beautiful wood grain makes these pencils very unique.

Smencil Pencils – scented pencils made from 100% recycled newspapers in a variety of gourmet scents. They sharpen just like a regular wood pencil – kids love these!

Eco-friendly Graphite Pencils – cedar wood pencils certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to have originated from environmentally well-managed forests.

Eco Highlighter Pencils – neon color highlighters that are made from natural wood and use no plastics, no ink solvents, and no volatile organic compounds. They are long lasting and work great – will not bleed through thin pages. One of our best selling products!

Eco-friendly Colored Pencils  – made from cedar wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to have originated from environmentally well-managed forests.

These and many other eco-friendly school and office supplies are available at Stubby Pencil Studio. Let us know if you need a recommendation.

–  Mama Kate

Children’s Art Supplies – The Best Products for ages 3+

July 26th, 2014

Once your little artist is 3 year old, they usually stop putting things in their mouth. This is a fun age to expose kids to a variety of mediums and there are many terrific art supplies for ages 3 and up.

Stubby Pencil Studio is dedicated to not only offering the best in eco friendly children’s art supplies but also art supplies that are fun for children to use. When children are intrigued by bright colors, fun shapes, and the unique features of some of our art supplies they are more apt to explore the artistic side of their personality.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite products that should be included in every child’s art supply collection:

Crayon Rocks – an absolute favorite, the fun shape of this crayon is easy to hold and encourages the development of fine motor skills. The pebble like crayons are designed to enable the use of a tripod grip and that lends itself to developing good hand coordination.

Chubby Colored Pencils – these jumbo, un-lacquered, triangular colored pencils with extra thick (6mm) leads are great for little hands. The triangular shape helps to ensure children learn proper grip and they won’t roll off the table.

Ecojot Sketchbooks – adorable sketchbooks made from 100% post consumer waste recycled paper that is acid free and processed chlorine free, fully biodegradable glue, and vegetable based inks.

Watercolor Pencils – made from reforested wood the pencils have a water-soluble core and once the drawing is complete, kids can experiment by dipping a paintbrush into water and touching it to the color to blend and create watercolor effects.

Rainbow Softdough – this soft, non-crumbly modeling dough is made from 100% food-quality ingredients. Completely non-toxic, the colorful rainbow tub of dough will last up to a year and provide hours of fun.

Color ‘n Kids Cards – stationery designed for children to color, trace their letters, and create their own greetings.

If you’d like suggestions or age appropriate recommendations, just let us know.

– Mama Kate

Arts & Crafts – Get Crafty with Your Kids this Summer

July 15th, 2014

Summer is almost here, and it’s time for fun – bike rides, camping, picnics, swimming lessons, trips to the beach, the park, the zoo, the science museum, and play dates…lots of play dates. For kids, summer seems to last forever, and eventually we start to hear, “I’m bored.” Really?! As a Mom, I know it’s tempting to plug them into a video game, hand them the iPad, or rent some movies to watch. But there is another opportunity – to bring arts and crafts into their lives. Creativity has to be fostered and encouraged, and here at Stubby Pencil Studio we have plenty of great ideas for creative summer time fun.

I’ve been selling art and craft supplies for nearly a decade and I’ve learned that making art with kids makes everyone feel good. We have fun, are more engaged, and most importantly create a stronger bond. Childhood is short and taking time to make things together is something your kids will always remember. I love looking at the projects we made when my twins were small – the blotched paint and messy scribbles have been captured forever and the older they get the more precious these treasures are to me.

For spring and summer we have a bunch of fun ideas and activities to make and do together with your kids:

Make hand puppets and finger puppets and try filming your own short movie

Try a do-it-yourself Kaleidoscope kit and teach your kids about colors and light

Make cute critters with the Twirly-Q’s Paper Kit

Go for a nature walk to collect flowers and make crafts using a pressed flower art kit

Make Shrinky Dinks

Glue craft sticks together and paint them – this kept my kids happy for hours

Vacation Activity Book – ideas for drawing, painting, making things, cooking, gardening, and even dressing up

We have a variety of crafting books filled with terrific ideas – don’t worry about perfection – just have fun being together and getting creative.

–       Mama Kate