I was privileged to get to review the “plain” set of Kwik Stix earlier this year as a part of the Homeschool Review Crew, and recently The Pencil Grip, Inc. contacted me to see if I’d be interested in doing a second review and giveaway, this time of the “Metalix” and “Neon” varieties. I asked my kids if they were interested, and I was met with a resounding, “Yes!” So here we are.
In case you missed it last spring, Kwik Stix are solid tempera paints in a tube, not unlike a glue stick. The main difference is that instead of a solid glue, they’re filled with a solid paint. These are ideal for young kids for a few reasons. First, they’re solid. There’s approximately 0.5% chance of making a mess. (I can’t say that it’s an absolute zero because a: kids might paint where they’re not supposed to and b: if your kids are too impatient, there is the possibility of smudging paint from the paper to the table or other surface.) Second, they dry very quickly. Very quickly meaning, in about 90 seconds.
So, what can you use Kwik Stix to paint on? Anything! I’ve used them to paint primarily on paper and wood, and they work very well on both of those mediums. For this review, I want to focus primarily on our holiday decorating uses for them.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been busily knitting sweaters for our extended family members for Christmas gifts. Some of them will undoubtedly get wrapped in boxes and wrapping paper, but some will end up in gift bags. My local yarn store provides really nice paper bags instead of grocery-store-style plastic bags, and they look just like plain gift bags, so we’ve been saving those and keeping them nice each time I buy yarn or other knitting supplies. Then we used the Metalix Kwik Stix to paint holiday designs on them. I think they turned out just about perfectly.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos good enough to post here of the artwork we’ve made using Kwik Stix, but we have definitely been using them.
Because I know they work well on wood, these would also be a great way to create your own Christmas tree ornaments. The possibilities for Kwik Stix are borderline endless!
Kwik Stix are available on Amazon, Target.com, and in Target stores. If you’re not in a hurry to get your set, though, be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a set of either the Metalix or Neon Kwik Stix. Use the Giveaway Tools widget to enter.
We were lucky enough to win the last Kwik Stix giveaway, and we gave them to my 4 year-old niece. They were a hit!
If I won, I’d love to have the neon Kwik Stix! My boys would love them!
I’d really like to win the metalix stix. My wedding colors are jewel tones and these would be perfect for decorating a DIY photo booth backdrop!
I’d like the Metalix stix more but they are both pretty colors.
I like the neon colors.
We would love the Metalix!
I’d like the metallic, but I am happy with either. Thanks!
I think I would prefer the metalix if I’m the lucky winner.
I like the neon
I think I’d go with Metalix
These are so cool! The fact my kids can use them and not make an enormous mess has me sold!
I think the metallix would be wonderful for making holiday decorations!
I would like to try the Metalix
Oh both would be so fun, but I think I would first pick the Neon!
I would like the opportunity for either metallic or neon.
I’d like the Metalix Stix.
I think my kids would love the Metallix!
Fingers crossed! We’d like the metal variety!
I would love the Metalix.
Ohhh those Metalix Kwik stix sounds so fun!
The neons. They look like fun colors!
I would like the Metallix, but either one would be nice!
I would love to have the Metalix so my daughters and I could you them to give some extra “life” to our old holiday decorations!
We would probably like to have the neon colors!
I love the Metalix stix but really they are both great I would be happy to win either.
How awesome are these! The Metalix ones would be super useful for crafting 🙂
neon is my preference, but happy with either!
I think my kids would like either one but will go with neon.
I like the Neons!
Definitely Neon! Having said that, the best thing I like about them is lesser chance of mess.
I love the Neon, too!
Thank You for the chance
My daughter said she would would really love to have the metallix..she says they are beautiful colors.
I would love either but my first choice would be the Neon ones.
I would rather have neon but the metalix is great too!
My kids would love the metalix!
I would pick the metalix stix perfect for Christmas
I really don’t mind what colors. You can choose.
My daughter would love the Metalix stix.
Mary Beth Elderton
I like the Metallix, but would have lots of fun with either.
Both sets look great, but the Metalix set would be great for the holidays!
I would prefer the Metalix variety.