I am really lucky that Miss A wants to spend her time writing and colouring. Each week her spellings are completed without fail on a daily basis. What we do struggle with however is her composition and concentration.
When we were given the chance to try out some of the new range from Stabilo, I was really excited to see how something designed for children compared to standard pens and pencils designed for everyone.
Along with the pack of point 88 fine liners in a wide variety of colours, we received a triangular ergonomic graphite pencil which has non slip grip moulds going through it. The highlight for 6yo however was the pink pen! How stereotypical is she! It’s pink, she loves it.
As a parent, I loved the shape, design and the way it writes. (Yes I did use it to see what it was like). It almost glides over the paper, which was great to help prevent too much pressure on the paper, something we often find when Miss A is using a pen. This then takes the flow of writing to a different level and the cursive shapes come out very messy.
We were challenged to print off a selection of early writer resource sheets to encourage 6yo to complete. She enjoyed the sheets that required her to do something, draw something rather than just focus on shapes and lines.
The pencil has featured heavily on the spellings sheets this last couple of weeks. So much so, I think Miss A finds it very comfortable to use that she calls it her lucky pencil now.
Prices of the products aren’t the cheapest on the market, but the Easy Original Pen and the non grip pencil are worth every penny if they do their bit in encouraging Miss A to write neater and without over thinking the writing process.
From a parent’s perspective, I will seriously be considering other product similar to these we have tried, as I have watched Miss A’s confidence grow. When she looks proud with herself when she gets praise for neat writing, it makes me a very happy Mum.
Disclosure – we received the products free of charge from Stabilo, but all opinions are our own