Homeschool Crew Review: Thin Stix by The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Cuddle Bug and PB & J Girl love being creative.  They are working on books together where PB & J Girl creates the story and Cuddle Bug illustrates.  They continually have paper scattered all over the living room thanks to their creative expression.  They also love to paint.  However, I don’t always have time to set up art supplies for them, but with Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors by The Pencil Grip, Inc., I don’t have to; mess free art is enjoyed by the girls and me!

This isn’t the first time that we’ve tried a product by The Pencil Grip.  We have also tried and enjoyed Kwik Stix.

About The Pencil Grip

The Pencil Grip, Inc

The Pencil Grip, Inc. company has been in business for 25 years.  Created by Dr. Lois Provda, the company now sells hundreds of products for the home, school and office.

In our last review for The Pencil Grip, Inc., we also received one of their pencil grips, which Bookworm loved.  He liked the soft feel of it and how it made the pencil easier to hold.  Besides pencil grips and Thin Stix and Kwik Stix, they also sell grippable silverware sets, heavyweight pencils and pens, rubberband toys, ultrasafe scissors, and touchscreen styluses.

In addition to the 6pk of Thin Stix, you can also get them in 12 and 24 pks, and in neon and metalix colors!  (My son bought my daughter metalix Kwik Stix for Christmas last year, and she loved them and used them up within 6 weeks!

About Thin Stix

Thin Stix by KwikStix

In our last review for Kwik Stix, one of the things I wanted to see was Kwik Stix come in a variety of sizes.  Kwik Stix are wonderful for coloring large areas, but they were a bit clunky to use in areas where my girls wanted to paint finer lines.  Thin Stix perfectly provides a solution.  They are thin enough that more fine detail can be included.  I think Kwik Stix and Thin Stix are the perfect complement to one another.  In fact, my girls will likely be getting both packs for Christmas presents this year.

The 6 pk of Classic Colors includes yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, and black.  Thin Stix are available on Amazon or at, making purchasing so easy!

Cuddle Bug loved using these.  In fact, she used up all of the pens entirely during the review period!  PB & J Girl and Cuddle Bug love creating stories in notebooks.  PB & J Girl writes the stories and Cuddle Bug illustrates them.  The Thin Stix were the perfect size for this type of activity.

If you’re looking for mess free kids’ art supplies, you can’t go wrong with Thin Stix.  My daughter loves that they’re tempera paint, and I love that they dry almost immediately.  Both Thin Stix and Kwik Stix are staple art products for our home and my little artist.

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: A Book Review

Cuddle Bug kept going to the same part of the children’s section in the library and picking out books.  They all had to do with the underground railroad.  We read so many of those books that she and PB & J Girl were able to earn a badge from American Heritage Girls about the underground railroad.  I, too, have been reading more books about that.  I read a book on the underground railroad earlier that year, but admittedly, that was fluff.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead was anything but fluff.  It was a tough, gritty book to read.

The story follows several slaves’ lives, but the main focus is on Cora and Caesar, two slaves who decide to escape to the North together.

In this story, the Underground Railroad is a real train that they board to escape.  The railroad has different legs and much of the journey is literally underground, on specially built tracks laid deep in the earth.

While I enjoyed reading about Cora and Caesar’s escape, this book is full of harsh brutality and is not for the faint of heart.  Several situations in this book bothered me so much that I had trouble reading more.

I think that much of our country’s history with slavery is whitewashed.  We know that it was not a good institution and that it was horrible for the slaves, but we don’t dwell on just how horrible it was.  This book forces you to think about the horror that slaves lived with every day of their lives.  They were truly at the mercy of their master.  While there were a few good masters, many were brutal tyrants, and often the slaves had to pay with their lives, but only after being tortured in unspeakable ways.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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