Saturday, September 11, 2010

O'BON Review...

Thanks to O'BON, we recently had the chance to review the Wildlife Series of pencils:About O'BON:
"The World's Greatest Pencils-Made of the highest quality. These sharpen better, write cleaner and last longer than your standard dull pencil.
-Made from Newspaper
Finally, a true environmentally-friendly pencil. All O’BON pencils are made from recycled newspaper, tightly rolled around our excellent graphite. The result is a longer-lasting pencil that is fun and easy to sharpen. Ask a child to sharpen an O’BON pencil and enjoy the "oohs" and "aahs" of excitement and interest as old newspaper unfurls. At O'BON we make pencils that are uniquely different, with a great story embedded in the shavings.
-Stunning Designs
The first thing you’ll notice about O’BON pencils are the incredible designs. Beautiful prints in wildlife, rainbow or newsprint themes add color and fun to your writing and drawing. We are firmly against eco-friendly products being green and brown or bland and boring, and refuse to fall in line. So whether you use our pencils at home, in class or at work, rest assured they will always stand out.
-Exceptional Quality
We’ve all experienced "breaking pencil syndrome," a common problem with wood pencils which poorly protect the graphite inside. This is why your pencils break when you drop them, leading to excessive frustration and the occasional blister. Due to our special rolled-on technology, our pencils do not break on the inside, resulting in a longer life-span. O’BON pencils also write better, sharpen easily and are cleanly manufactured unlike regular pencils.
-Fun for Kids
As much as our pencils appeal to all ages, they were designed primarily with children in mind. The pencils are fun, easy to use and hassle-free. We make the designs enticing and eye-catching and all our pencils are non-toxic, safe for even the most obsessive pencil-chewers. We also pride ourselves in making our products educational, our attempt to support the next generation of environmentally responsible children.Also check out our new Art Pencils and Color Pencils.
-Earth Friendly
We live in the midst of major environmental concerns where hundreds of acres of trees are chopped down in minutes to provide us with products we already have better alternatives for. This is why every O'BON product is manufactured using recycled or reusable materials. Every year, thousands of new individuals say “NO” to wood pencils, and in return we plant a tree for every O'BON purchase."

About the Wildlife Series:"Each pack of Wildlife Series includes 10 2B pencils. The Wildlife series, our most popular series, features 10 different popular wildlife animal designs in each box. Along with the painted on animal design pattern, each pencil comes branded with the O’BON logo and name of the animal. The barrel is made from 100% recycled newspaper. The newspaper protects the graphite better than wood pencils too, which translates to a longer-lasting, high quality pencil."

What we thought: We really enjoyed our O'BON pencils. They were easy to sharpen, easy to use and, best of all, opened up a world of creativity and imagination for the kiddos. They loved pretending to be the animals on the pencils, playing their made up game of "Guess the Animal" and trying to draw each animal with the designated pencils. We found all sorts of fun and creative ways to use them. It gave me a chance to explain the importance of recycling and what good can come out of it. Four year old A thought it was really neat that they were made of recycled newspapers. These would be fun for school-age kids and animal lovers as well:) The only drawback was that they lacked erasers. Overall, ABCD Diaries gives O'BON's Wildlife Series of pencils an A!
Buy It: You can find awesome pencils and more at O'BON.
Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a set of pencils for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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