Does your child have a favorite drawing tool?
My kids adore markers, and it seems to always be their first choice when given a buffet of drawing materials.
I’ve been musing on this question of favorite drawing tools for a while, which is why I sometimes ask questions on Facebook like this or on Google + like this. I have my favorite pens and my kids have theirs, but why were our beloved colored pencils never used?
And then it hit me…
Our pencil sharpener broke down…um, months ago…and we’ve been left with a sad bucket of somewhat useless drawing tools.
It turns out that you actually have to maintain your drawing tools in order to use them. That’s rule #1!
In all fairness, I had my trusty sharpener since, i don’t know, college? And it seemed ridiculous that it would no longer work. I kept trying to fix it and then finally came to my senses and ordered a new sharpener. But I decided that if I was going for something new, it should also be a powerhouse that could sharpen pencils of all sizes (yes, I was actually sharpening our big pencils over the trash can with knife the other day. Do you ever do that?).
Let me introduce you to our new friend, the X-Acto School Pro Heavy-Duty Electric Sharpener.
I did a fair amount of research on this and landed on this sharpener that seems to be a widespread favorite amongst teachers, homeschoolers, and artists. It’s fast, handles pencils of most sizes, has a huge area to catch all the shreds, and it was 48% off on Amazon. I spotted it on other sites for close to 60% more, so this looked like a deal I couldn’t pass up. While every review wasn’t glowing, there were enough 5 star comments to get me to click “Buy Now.”
I also have Amazon Prime (I love it and use it for just about everything), and it arrived just one day later!
So here’s my test: Just how fast can it sharpen 30 pencils?
My trusty two-year old side-kick, R, handed me pencils and we plowed through that bucket in just under two minutes! That’s fast, right?!
Not only was it lightening fast, but it was fairly quite and very smooth.
I’ve only had it for a day, but this sharpener comes with a 10-year warranty so I feel confident that it will treat me well. Ten years is a long time, people! You can bet that I’ll be mailing in my registration card.
Now that they’re all sharpened we’ll see if they get used more frequently. Or if we really area a marker family after all.
A question for you…
Or…colored pencils, paintbrushes and paint, pencils, oil pastels, sticks in dirt, and so many other options!
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