Crafting Fun With Kwik Stix Thin Stix

Are you a "messy crafts mom"? You know what I mean. When the kids want to drag out craft supplies and make up something to craft, do you cringe and begin hovering over them with a dust buster or do you throw open the doors to the craft closet and say, "Have at it!"?

I'm mostly a "messy crafts mom." If the kids are entertaining themselves and being creative, I'm happy to let them at it. We'll clean up later. (Except when it comes to glitter. Which is of the devil. But that's another story.)

Crafts with Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc.
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With some crafting mediums, I'm a little more game to encourage the kids to go for it than with others. Although I've always allowed them to paint, for instance, I admit that I would cringe inside when they would start dragging out the paints- especially when they were younger. You know what I mean. Painting involves not only the paint itself, but water and brushes and paper towels. And heaven help us if they spilled it because paint clean ups are never fun. 

And then we found Kwik Stix.

A year or so ago, I came across The Pencil Grip, Inc. in the course of a review. Since then I've shared several products from this company, but our all time favorite is Kwik Stix. I was excited to see that Kwik Stix now come in a new variety- Thin Stix. 

Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip Inc.

Kwik Stix = No Mess Painting

Kwix Stix look like fat markers. They are used without water and without brushes. But instead of writing like a marker or crayon, they rub color on to the paper like paint- think similar to oil pastels. 

Unlike crayons or chalk or oil pastels, they don't have a paper cover that peels off, and they don't wear down as you use them. I assume they will eventually dry out, but we've had our original Kwik Stix for some time now and haven't had any dry out.

When kids paint with them, they dry quickly which means they smudge off onto other surfaces. The colors will blend a little, but if you let one color dry, you can use another color on top without really smudging or blending.

We've used them on all kinds of surfaces. Mostly the kids use construction paper to paint on, but they've also used Kwik Stix on wood or cardboard. And my younger girls made desk dividers last year, using our Kwik Stix on spray painted cardboard dividers. They worked great.

Painting with Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip Inc

Thin Stix: A New Variety of Kwik Stix

So, my kids have had the opportunity to try all of the Kiwk Stix colors now. They come in a basic set of colors, a twenty-four pack, a neon set, and a metallic set. But they were excited to see a new variety of Kwik Stix recently available- Thin Stix.

Crafts created with Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip Inc

The Thin Stix have the same crafting potential as the original Kwix Stix in a smaller design. They fit your hand like a regular sized marker. In fact, they look very like markers. But when you begin to draw with them, you can feel the smooth roll on color like paint.

Painting with Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip Inc

Just as with the original Kwik Stix, there are varieties of the Thin Stix available. We tried out the classic color twelve pack, but there are neon and metallic varieties as well.


I think my kids actually enjoyed the Thin Stix even more than the original. They are older, and these are easier to hold and draw in more detail. Younger kids will probably enjoy the original Kwik Stix because they are easier for little hands to hold. As with the originals, I think the Thin Stix are awesome because they are painting...without the mess- no water, no brushes, no spills, just cute, creative crafts.

Paint with Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip Inc



Crafting With Kwik Stix Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip Inc.


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