Pens and Holographic Paper:
School Supplies Find the Fun Quotient
By Karen Mendez Smith
April 1, 2003
year the back-to-school list gets bigger and bigger, and the books
get heavier and heavier. Come September, supplying kids with some
fun new school products can remind them that education isn’t
Pen Airfit Retractable Refillable Gel Pen
The Write Stuff
Pens and pencils are pretty ordinary stuff, aren’t they? Not
if you’ve got the Air Jordan of writing utensils, a Zebra
Pen Airfit Retractable Refillable Gel Pen with innovative
air-filled grip ($3.99). They also come in ballpoint and mechanical
pencil styles. Or maybe a 40th Anniversary Baseball Bat
Imprintable Pen from Hanover Pens, priced by quantity,
is more your style--just the thing for fund-raisers, sports banquets,
or any baseball fan.
It used to be that school projects came in one color. Now, neon
poster board is king and only $0.99 a 10 ct. sheet from Hygloss
Products, Inc. Check out its out-of-this-world holographic
and mirror papers, too. From wiggle eyes to durable 2.5”
x 2.5” Craft Stencils, $4.99, in any shape imaginable, they’re
sure to help give that project extra credit.
See and Say Flash Cards, $5.99, from The
Learning Journey, Intl. bring young minds up to speed.
Budding diplomats ages 3-6 will find the Quiz Kid
a real foreign aid at $19.99. This talking unit responds to 215
questions in both Spanish and English, and it’s designed to
Schoolhouse Electronic Laptop
Preschoolers can check their busy schedules on their PC
Schoolhouse Electronic Laptop, also from The Learning Journey,
Intl., with 6 learning activities and colorful graphics, $49.99.
School wannabes and future travelers ages 0-3 will find the bilingual
Smart Language Center, $37.99, gives a leg up on learning
English and Spanish, too.
Pencil me in
With big, bold digits, The Learning Journey Intl.’s
Pencil Box Calculator, $4.99, is sure to appeal
to kids ages 6 and up. Staedtler, U.S.A., home
to design and drafting supplies, blasts off with their Calculator
Pen, $6.99. And lastly, all students will count their lucky
stars to find Staedtler’s 4-piece School Kit,
$2.99, among their school essentials this year.
Bio: Karen Mendez Smith has been involved in children's
media for over twenty years as a literary agent, writer, and creator
of animated television and film. Co-founder of Satori Organics and
M/Path Press, she is a parent to eight children and five incredible
grandchildren (and counting).