As always I am emerging from February feeling as if it never happened. Anyone else feeling hazy? All I do know is that things slowed down a bit in the shop (okay well, except for weekends...and right around Valentine's Day...) and I was able to have those truly one-on-one moments with customers again. Seriously, you guys are the best.
While it's always a blast to meet musicians, writers, illustrators, and just plain pencil fanatics, I can't help but favorite a certain type of customer.
It is one of the coolest experiences helping children pick out pencils. Mostly because I am continuously in awe that our store attracts and connects customers of all ages. But also because I will never get tired of opening up our test desk drawers and cheerfully remarking, "allllll of the pencils are in here to try!" to a starry-eyed child. The moments they spend in the shop are always fun and always uninhibited. I mean, just look at some of the pages they fill in our test book -
In short, I'm a strong believer in picking a pencil that feels right for you - no matter your age. After all, pencils are a very physical tool. But here are a few tips 'n' tricks I often pass along to parents when helping pick out the perfect "kid-friendly" pencil:
- Feels comfortable when writing (for those struggling to correctly hold a pencil, we suggest something larger and triangular shaped)
- Won't break under mighty little kid pressure
- Writes dark enough to be seen by adults
- Doesn't smudge all over the place
Here are some pencils that often fit these criterias:
And here are the all stars chosen most frequently this month by the little pencil enthusiasts (it seems aesthetics are a driving factor):
Our shop studies also show that kids are a big fan of grips, which is awesome because they are very useful in aiding little ones to hold pencils correctly.
And last, but certainly not least, here are some eraser favorites for those small & not so small mistakes: