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50ct Connector Pen Bucket

50ct Connector Pen Bucket

Spring 2014 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Faber-Castell USA
Price: $20.00

Well-known for its quality, affordable art supplies, the Faber Castell Connector Pen Bucket, a beautiful rainbow of 50 fine-tipped markers, will appeal to any young artist. These markers, however, have added fun twists: every cap can latch on in parallel to a neighboring marker, and additional included connectors allow pens to link together at any angle, turning these pens into construction toys as well.

The brief pamphlet demonstrates the markers' use in basic art styles and coloring techniques. Also included are line drawings that can be punched out, colored, and connected with the pens to turn into a helicopter. The pens' website includes many more ideas for integrating art and construction. The one drawback is that the set contains merely eight rotating connectors, as the projects they offer sometimes require more, and kids' own lofty project ideas for cityscapes and mountain ranges invariably could use dozens. Regardless of this minor limitation, this is a lovely set of coloring pens that stretch the bounds of artistic creativity in a whole new (three-dimensional) direction.

Emily Crawford   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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