Where did the time go? Just a few weeks ago, your children were breaking up for the summer, and now they seem to have shot up by a foot and itâ€™s time to sew the name-tags into their new school uniforms and get ready for the new term ahead.
But far from being excited about the new raft of jumpers and shirts, what will get your youngstersâ€™ excitement levels soaring is restocking their pencil cases for the new school term.
You remember yourself the joy a protractor and a shiny new pencil tin could bring, and with so many fantastic products to choose from, setting foot into your nearest stationer can take up a full morning for the discerning young person today!
The point when a child graduates from writing in pencil to ink is one that makes them feel more grown up, so allowing them to choose a selection of pens in a range of shades and inks is a great way to encourage them to keep working hard on developing their script, while you can control factors such as environmental impact and even design traits that make left-handed writing easier and reduce the chances of them coming home with a bag full of ink from punctured ink cartridgesâ€¦
Here are the fab five additions that no child should be without this school year:
The Acroball ballpoint range not only comes in a host of cool colours to please the children, but it offers a fluid writing style and long-lasting, fast-drying ink to help build confidence in writing. The pen is also designed with a rubber grip to ensure comfort and grip â€“ and itâ€™s made from 78 per cent recycled plastic and is refillable, making it as environmentally friendly as possible!
Pilotâ€™s G-2 range is a firm favourite with kids â€“ combining smooth gel inks in a vast range of colours, including pastel and metallic finishes, itâ€™s crying out to be used to annotate charts, graphs and illustrate. And the cute mini G-2 Pixie is a particular hit with the girlsâ€¦
The B2P Soda combines a funky design and smooth writing style with a practical lesson â€“ the greenest of all of Pilotâ€™s pens, the B2P range has a high level of â€˜up-cycledâ€™ content, making it a great example of what environmental responsibility can achieve.
The V-Pen. If making the transition from pencil to ballpoint is something to look forward to, the first time a child writes with a fountain pen is definitely a landmark. The fountain pen is making a real comeback with renewed emphasis on cursive script in schools, and it can be a tricky thing to master. Not anymore â€“ the V-Pen has been created to remove the mess â€“ no burst ink cartridges to contend with; the ink is pre-loaded, and a carefully rounded nib makes the pen convenient for left-handed writers. Best of all, the ink can be erased using an ink eradicator if they make a mistake, meaning their homework is spotless!
Finally, no child should be without a FriXion â€“ the best-selling rollerball that allows kids to erase, delete and rewrite thanks to its clever thermo-sensitive ink technology. The unique gel ink responds to the hear generated by the eraser stud and lets them write over the mistake at once â€“ a must for the meticulous student. Be warned though, with a fantastic choice of shades and a stylish design, theyâ€™re likely to want more than oneâ€¦