Great gifts for creative kids

November 23rd, 2014

gift ideas for kids

Looking for gifts that will inspire creativity?

We know it’s a challenge to find unique holiday gifts, so we have stocked up on amazing ideas that kids will love and you’ll feel good about giving.

Browse new arrivals to see our latest inventory and check our selection of gifts under $10 for affordable ideas for kids of all ages.

Shop early and save!

Use discount code HOL20 and receive 20% off

your order thru 12/5/14.

It’s November!

November 1st, 2014

Sage created this adorable turkey using Spirograph

spirograph_design_kitWe love Spirograph! This classic toy offers unlimited creative potential and we find kids will spend hours making amazing designs. The original Spirograph design set features the iconic wheels and rings, pens, paper and more in a compact tin that is perfect for home and travel. The set also comes with a 24 page design pad and a full color design guide, which explains the fundamentals of drawing with Spirograph as well as step-by-step instructions for creating your own designs. These make wonderful gifts for kids ages 8+. In stock now (along with other great gifts for creative kids) from Stubby Pencil Studio.



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

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

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 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