How to choose the right pencils, pens, markers

Children's stationery - special products, which need not only the students but also the smallest kids.
Pencils, markers, pens - writing and drawing supplies that are so loved by children of all ages. What child will miss the chance to leave his art mark on the wallpaper or in the album? The situation is familiar to every parent. And, of course, such a talent can not be buried in the ground, but should be contrary encouraged.
In this case, we have a wide selection of office supplies, but it does not mean that all of them are suitable for children. Therefore, to buy stationery for a child, you need to know how to make the right choice and to what pay your attention.
Types of pens
Ballpoint pens - the most common type of pens. For children is better to choose pens with thick rod within 0.5-0.7 mm - such stationery for writing are best suited for children of primary school. It is also desirable that the ballpoint pen to be in triangular form, as this form provides the best and most comfortable position of children's fingers while writing, in order to prevent slipping and excess stress in your hands.
School teachers recommend the use of ballpoint pens for children in primary school. Using this pen can be formed a beautiful legible handwriting in the childhood.
Teaching writing with a ballpoint pen is easy and comfortable.
Gel pens - a good option for children who already have the writing skills. Despite the fact that this pen is simple and easy to use, for a child who only learns the basics of calligraphy it is absolutely not suitable. Since the ink supply is not controlled, the little pupil who does not yet have enough experience in this difficult task, certainly will put stains and spots everywhere: on paper, on hands and clothing.
Gel pens have a wide range of colors that have different brightness and saturation.
Capillary pens – stationery which bear a resemblance with felt pens. The main area of application of such pens are drawing and painting. With such a pen the line conducted on paper will be clear and bright. For little pupils the use of such pens is still early, but with experience writing and drawing with capillary pens can be very useful. However, it should be remembered that this pen is hardly suitable for writing in ordinary school notebooks, because its ink drenches the thin sheets of paper.
Pens with oily ink – useful for writing, but have the high consumption of ink. They combine the advantages of the gel and ballpoint pens. The ink in these pens have a reduced viscosity. When writing with such pen the sliding across the paper is soft, the lines are saturated and the light fastness is high. Ink dries quickly on the paper. These pens are suitable for any child. On such pens there are special recess, that help the child to correctly position of fingers. Thus, this pen will be a good helper to acquire skills of holding the writing instrument. These skills will form a beautiful handwriting.
The classification of pencils
Wooden colored pencils – such pencils are familiar to everyone since childhood. They consist of a wooden body and lead. The wooden body is made of pine, basswood, cedar and other species of trees. The range of color is different- from 6 to 24 colors. These pencils can be used by children of preschool and school age. They are safe and are environmentally friendly.
Wax crayons - are ideal for little artists. They are made of natural wax. The rod has a bright stable color. These pencils are safe to use. They do not stain the hands. They are easily sharpened. And even if the baby will gnaw it, nothing dangerous will happen to him. With crayons you can draw on paper, cardboard, wood surfaces. But they are not suitable for drawing on glossy paper.
Watercolor pencils - Drawing accessories that combine the properties of watercolor and colored pencil. Using them is very simple: drawing is done with the pencil and then you should go over it with a wet brush and it becomes watercolor.
Plastic pencils - pencils, which are harder than the wax crayons and they are not so bright. They are recommended for usage by children from 5 years, after the child has already learned to use wax crayons. The line drawn by plastic pencil is thinner with a clear outline. The strength of these pencils is not inferior than of wooden pencils. They are easily sharpened and erased.
Mechanical pencils – pencils with a graphite rod in a plastic body. They are long lasting with the ability to change the rods. They are suitable for older children, since they have a rather complex structure.
The classification of markers
Markers are not intended for use by children under three years. They can be classified into basic types.
Water-based markers - such markers are made by special technology and have a wide range of colors. They are non-toxic and therefore safe for children. They also have little or no odor, easily washed from hands and washed out from clothes. For children, especially the youngest, water-based markers are the best and safest choice.
Alcohol-based markers - the touch after such a marker dries very quickly. These markers are not suitable for young children and can have a specific smell.
Markers for textiles - are used for printing on fabric, which is a wide field for creativity for a child. After drying these figures are not washed out.
Markers – felt pens which have a thicker tip than the standard felt pen. They are designed for painting on surfaces such as easels, textiles, glass and so on. The color scheme is not very diverse. They are not comfortable to hold by young children.
There are special markers for magnetic boards that can be easily erased from the surface of the board with a special sponge, which doesn’t leave traces.
Highlighters -specific markers with a thick tip designed for selection of the text. They are very convenient for storing the selected texts, because the flashy colored texts are memorized faster than usual.
What should be taken into consideration when buying pens, pencils, markers for a child.
It is not necessary to save on buying. Stationery should not harm the health of the baby. If the goods have a specific smell, you should refuse to buy such products;
It's best to buy stationery of Russian or European manufacturers. Check pens, pencils, markers directly in the store;
Do not hesitate to open the cap of writing instruments to check their smell and appearance;
The pens should not be too thick or thin, as these accessories are equally uncomfortable for a child's hand, and when writing your child will need to expend extra effort;
The pencils should be chosen with a thickened soft lead. Due to this lead on the paper will remain the bright, clear trace without any effort from child's hand. Soft pencil will not scratch paper and it breaks rarely;
The ideal choices for school are mechanical pencils, because they do not require sharpening. They are simple and easy to use;
The design of office supplies is very important for a child. Child psychologists say that if a child likes writing instruments, it will form his positive attitude to school and will give good results;
Carefully read the label on the package. Perhaps there will be references to age limits;
The place where you make a purchase is also important. Focus primarily on specialty stores rather than markets or stalls.
Remember, the safety is first of all, and then bright and beautiful packaging!

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