Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review: Roylco Straws and Connectors Building Set

Roylco sent us an amazing toy a few weeks ago: Straws and Connectors, and we absolutely loved it. Right away my daughter got constructing as you can see below. It is wonderful for fine motor control and is recommended for ages 4 and up. 

The set comes with 400 total pieces of straws and connectors shown here. So colorful and appealing to children (an adults like me!).

My seven year old daughter decided to build a huge building structure and then put blankets and pillows within it. It stayed in our living room for over a week and it became a structure for imaginary play.  This toy can be easily deconstructed and put away,  so it doesn't  take up much room when not in use. In the instruction booklet there were many examples of endless possibilities for creative building such as making rockets, cars, spheres, and so much more.

Roylco is an educational supply company with so many great resources for teachers and parents. They have endless products to purchase for Art, Crafts, Science, Math, Toys, Multicultural, Language, and so much more. Check out heir website here: I know that you will find something that would be valuable for your children and their learning.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dixon Ticonderoga School and Art Supply Review

Dixon Ticonderoga sent us some wonderful art and school supplies to try out a few months ago and we  have truly enjoyed their products these last few months. Having tried these products has also influenced me to order their art supplies for my High School Art classroom too. Keep reading to find out more.

When we first received these products my daughter C got right to work on a watercolor painting using Prang's fabulous 8 color set Oval pan watercolor set. These are the BEST watercolors and I have even bought them for my High School Art students.  The colors are much more vibrant and rich compared to competitor brands. The nice thing about these watercolors are that you can replace the colors without having to buy a whole new set.  As a teacher, it is really a money saver to be able to replace colors and not have to throw away the rest of the watercolor set.

My daughter also added Prang Markers to her masterpiece pictured here.  She loved these markers and the advantage is that you can leave the caps off these markers and they do not dry out unlike competitor brands!!!

Here are some wonderful Watercolor paintings done by my High School Students using Prang Watercolors.  I will definitely continue buying this brand for my students.  I highly recommend them as an Art Teacher.

Another GORGEOUS painting!

I truly LOVE Ticonderoga Number 2 Pencils too. They say on the package that they are The World's BEST Pencil and I can honestly say that I agree with that statement!!!! They write so smoothly, are already sharpened, and stay intact.  Other competitor pencils tend to break, are difficult to sharpen, and just do not give the same quality writing experience.  My husband even stole the package of these  pencils and brought them to work and I was so angry and told him to bring them back!!!! I missed them dearly.  I will never buy any other pencil brand after trying these. Please try them and you will see...

We truly enjoyed these Dixon Ticonderoga Products and hope you try them soon! Visit their Website here to view other great products too.