Seven school aged children make their way to my home every afternoon, and after they run around and have their snack it is time for homework to be done. As you can imagine, we go through a lot of pencils! When I saw these “Push Pencils” at my local Target store, they brought back memories of my own childhood. I loved push style pencils!
The package contains ten push style pencils, and states that they are appropriate for children three plus years of age. The package pictures a T-Rex on the front, and the pencils come in different colors with different designs on them. There are two of each color: blue, red, green, brown and purple. Each color has its own dinosaur design on it.
These are made in China, but the front of the package reads “Confirms to ASTM D-4236”. This means the “Standard Practice for Labeling Art Materials for Chronic Health Hazards”. The pencils are made from a hard plastic, measure 5 3/4 inches long, and have a matching colored eraser on top.
If you have never seen or used a push pencil, the concept is simple but clever. The pencils have a hollow center, which is filled with numerous cartridges containing a sharpened pencil tip. As you use the pencil the lead (or graphite) will wear down, and when that happens you remove it, place it at the bottom of the pencil, and push it up into the hollow core. This pressure pushes the next cartridge forward and up, ready for you to use. No more pencils to sharpen, you always have a sharpened tip at your disposal.
The only downfall I have noticed is that these tips are extremely sharp, and if the younger children press too hard on their homework papers, they can tear a hole in them. However, the fine tip makes for a very neat piece of homework!
Target had these on sale for 50 cents, which was half off the original price of $1.00. As you might imagine, they are on the cheap side, and the caps that hold the erasers don’t stay on the opposite end of the pencil very well. There is also a small clear cap that covers the erasers, but we find these pretty useless.
Push Pencils from Target were a great find, and my daycare boys (and girl) love them. They are especially drawn to the dinosaur designs on the pencils. These are distributed by Lucky Star Enterprises & Co, Inc. in Taiwan.