|My daughter just *had* to take all the markers out on the very first day.|
One of the principal tools in our box of craft supplies are markers, so I was very excited to review The Pencil Grip, Inc.’s Magic StixWashable Markers with my family. As soon as we received the markers, my kids started using them right away for almost every project. From drawing on scratch paper to completing more extensive craft projects, Magic Stix markers are a fantastic resource.
Unlike other companies, The Pencil Grip, Inc. offers a seven-day guarantee that their Magic Stix markers won’t dry out if you leave the cap off. We completed the seven-day #nocapnoproblem test. I shared each day’s results on my Instagram and here is the completed test. The only changes I noticed were that the colors actually seemed deeper than the first day or two and they had more of a tendency to bleed on the paper than the early days. Neither result would prevent me from recommending them as a great marker. For parents and teachers, this is great – because how many times have you put away markers that look like the cap is on but only find out later it was off enough to dry out the marker? Now you don’t have to worry. (Kwik Stix Paint on Instagram made it to 100 days with the #nocapnoproblem challenge!) After all, who hasn’t found a dried-up marker under the sofa with no cap on it?
We have completed so many projects over the course of the review period with the Magic Stix markers: My sons made Valentine’s Day cards, my two younger children decorated fire trucks, I used them while Bible Journaling, and all three of my kids colored in some knights. For all of these projects, they were fantastic. The only items with which they don’t work well are the $1 coloring books because the color bleeds through the paper.
|The color will bleed through on cheaper quality paper.|
However, the color bleeding through the paper resulted in creating a really neat effect on some knights we were coloring while listening to an audio drama.
|The reverse side of the children's knights.|
When we first started using the Magic Stix markers, my two-year-old daughter was determined to draw on herself, her clothes, and the markers rather than on the paper. I am pleased to say that if you draw on one markers tip with a similar shade neither lose their original color. (She used a darker purple shade to color onto a lighter purple shade’s marker tip.) One washing of her hands, though, did not remove the marker from her fingers but that is not uncommon with markers. So, it would not deter me from letting my children use them again and again. On other occasions the marker came off her hands more readily than the first time. Consequently, I would recommend washing hands right away rather than waiting till the craft is completed.
One thing I love about the Magic Stix markers is that they don’t have an odor or smell. I find that when I am coloring I tend to get close to the paper and – with other markers – you might notice an odor as you color but not with Magic Stix.
One of my favorite crafts to complete with my children is with coffee filters, markers, and a spray bottle of water. In the past, I have used a competitor’s brand of markers but I thought I would try the Magic Stix markers and see how well they blended when sprayed with water. I was very pleased with the result. It looks better with more ink on the coffee filter but I think I would still choose the Magic Stix Washable Markers over other brands for this craft technique in the future.
The Pencil Grip, Inc.’s Magic Stix Washable Markers are a great addition to any family’s craft supplies. They are odorless, non-toxic, and available in 12- and 24-packs of bright, bold colors.
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