When a child is learning to write we have found that having a large pencil improves their ability to write with better fine motor control.  We all remember the jumbo kindergarten pencils and crayons.  How can we improve on this time tested system?

PaperMate has succeeded in really improving on the traditional jumbo pencil with a mechanical pencil made just for beginning writers.  It has a larger diameter triangular design that makes it easy to teach the proper grip and gives little ones exceptional control.  The lead is a larger 1.3 mm, which holds up to the excessive pressure beginning writers tend to exert.  

As of the time I’m writing this you can get a package of 5 from Amazon for about 3 bucks and it includes extra lead and a few extra erasers.  If you have beginning preschool or kindergarten age kids these are a definite step up for a rediculously low price.


These are a favorite for my early elementary kids. They write easily and the lead is thick, so it doesn’t really break. Pencil erasers work well. After a year of *hard* use, some of the pencils started to have mechanical issues and wouldn’t always cooperate, but I’m thrilled they lasted that long. For reference, my kids using them were 6, 5, & 4 last year. We ordered them again this year.

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