Need a birthday gift or just a little token of your affection for a budding artist? Look no further: Smencils are here.
Eliza the Coloring Queen received a 10-pack of these for a holiday gift a while back. Do you remember, as a kid, using those scented Mr. Sketch markers? Okay, well, these are better. They're made from recycled newspaper, come in gourmet scents, stay fresh in their individual biodegradable plastic tubes, and arrive in a handy dandy zippered carrying case. Sample scents: Cinnamon. Root Beer. Grape. Mmmmmm. Coloring has become an olfactory event around here.
Apparently, Amazon carries them: Educational Insights Smencils Colored Pencils 10-pack (I know: big surprise!)
I ordered Eliza's from Rainbow Resource Center when a friend and I put a large order together for free shipping. And I gave myself a little bonus: a peppermint-scented Smencil. (Tangent: When I was in college, my best friend's mother gave us a piece of valuable advice which I will now pass along to you. When you have the urge to buy something new, but the budget does now allow, go out and buy yourself a nice new pencil. Urge satisfied; credit history intact.)
Here's the thing with the peppermint-scented Smencils: Peppermint, among those in the know, stimulates the gray matter. The pencil case reads -- and I quote -- "Studies have shown that peppermint may help improve mental agility and concentration."
This is such a relief, y'all. Simply by using this pencil on a regular basis -- so far I've failed to use it at full potential -- I should soon be able to answer pressing questions such as the following:
- Will my newly vacuumed floors ever stay clean for longer than thirty minutes?
- How is it that a child who will wearing T-shirts in the dead of winter can comfortably sport jeans and a sweatshirt through a full hour of tennis this morning?
- When I have a rainbow-colored pack of plastic kid plates from IKEA, all equally scratched and shabby, what is so all-fired special and desirable about the green one?
- If I donate to one charity, how come I suddenly get phone solicitations from ten of them? Do they share my name with one another? Don't they realize that's kind of counterproductive, given my finite pool of resources, or do they just figure me for a sucker?
- Can you give someone an education, or is that something you can only help him or her give to him- or herself?
- How can I convince Steve Jobs that donating an iPad to enhance our home-educating lifestyle would be to his advantage?
- What should I make for dinner tonight that everyone will eat?
Excuse me. I need to go take a few whiffs of my pencil.