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

Toddler Art Supplies – The Best Products for Young Artists

July 5th, 2014

When it comes to buying art supplies for young children, there are many choices on the market and it can be overwhelming to decide what to buy.

For toddlers, there are only a few products available, because most supplies are for ages 3+. Kids under 3 often put items in their mouth and although art supplies are non-toxic, it does not mean they are healthy for kids.

The best supplies for toddlers are made from all natural ingredients. Here’s a list of art supplies safe enough for little artists (even if they put their hands in their mouth.)

Organic Sidewalk Chalk – made from all natural ingredients and totally safe for small children. Your little ones can decorate the sidewalk and if they put their hands in their mouth or try to chew on the chalk – no worries – it is safe enough to eat. Made with organic ingredients, vegan, no wheat, no sugar, no preservatives, no lead.

Veggie Finger Paints – this should be the very first art material for your baby. Made from organic fruits and vegetables, this finger paint is perfect for babies – safe enough to eat – no wheat, no dairy, no sugar, no preservatives and vegan, too.

Glob Paints – these paints are designed with young children in mind. They are 100% biodegradable and each pigment is botanically crafted from natural colors found in vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, roots and spices. Kids will learn that basil makes green and pomegranate makes reddish orange and you can be assured there are no petrochemicals, VOCs or other toxins.

Bamboo Brush – this little paint brush is sized at 4.5 inches and is easy to hold and control – perfect for small hands.

Jumbo Soy Crayons – these crayons are thick and sturdy (nearly triple the size of standard crayons) and are made from a unique soybean oil formulation and they do not include paraffin wax. We like them because they are brighter, smoother and flake less than ordinary wax crayons.

Ferby Colored Pencils – these short, jumbo, un-lacquered triangular colored pencils with extra thick core are great for little hands. The triangular shape helps to ensure children learn proper grip and they won’t break easily or roll off the table.

– Mama Kate

Save 20% on your favorite art and craft supplies for kids!

July 2nd, 2014

While we are enjoying every minute of summer sunshine, we know September is just round the corner.

To make space for new arrivals and eco back to school supplies, we’re having a Summer Sale! Shop for your favorite art supplies for kids, games, books, toys and more!

Use Discount Code: SUMMER to save 20% off your entire order thru 7/15/14

Summer Travel – Are We There Yet?

June 26th, 2014

For many, school is out in June and summer is the time for family travel – long car trips, train travel, airplane rides, and the dreaded, “I’m bored.” We’ve all heard those words, cringed, and thought about what we can do to keep the kids entertained. It’s always a challenge, but it’s easier the older they get. I am lucky, my kids can read for hours without getting car sick, but when they were little, travel was a bit more hectic.

If your first instinct is to hand them electronics, resist – we can help. Here’s a list of some of our favorite ideas to keep kids busy while traveling:

Animal Hand Tattoos – temporary tattoos for talking hands – a fun new take on hand puppets.

Lacing Cards – kids will have fun and develop fine motor skills while lacing adorable graphic cards.

Activity and Dot-to-Dot Books – have fun with mazes and drawing and learning numbers at the same time

 Tic-Tac Jump Game – One board – two games! Play Tic-Tac-Toe on one side and flip the board over and play solitaire on the other.

Drawing and Doodling Books

Coloring Books

Small toys – yo-yos, wooden tops, wooden animals

Travel memory game – Life on Earth Travel Matching Game features flora and fauna from around the world show the richness of Life on Earth

Card games (like Animal Rummy, Go Fish, Games for Your Brain, Wild Cards Baby Animals and more…) these are compact and great for travel.

Try to keep things tidy – pack a drawstring bag that includes several creative goodies like crayons, pencils, crayon rocks, blank books, stickers, markers… having everything in one place makes it easy to keep supplies together and grab them on the go.

 

Have fun this summer – be safe – and enjoy your travel journey!

 

- Mama Kate

Traveling with Kids with Summer?

June 6th, 2014
Entertain Kids while Traveling

Entertain Kids while Traveling

We just returned from vacation and I can tell you from personal experience, it’s a challenge to travel with kids. We packed lots of books and other goodies, but keeping them busy and entertained while waiting hours at the airport was still rough. Our suggestion for you – pack new activity and search and find coloring books. These are fun for a wide range of ages and can be shared between multiple kids. Happy travels!