With the pre-teen boy starting high school in September and needing such a lot of new uniform and other supplies, one thing that had completely slipped my mind was that he would be requiring a pencil case and a whole lot of pens to go in it. In fact, on his taster day recently I was scrabbling round the house at 8.00 am looking for pens, pencils, a ruler and a pencil case to put them in - he'd never needed these things up until this point as his primary school provided the lot!
So, I was delighted when BIC got in touch asking if I'd like to take a look at their back to school range of pen sets.
We were sent a couple of sets from the range, one with BIC Cristal pens, retractable ball pens, pencils, correction tape, a glue stick and an eraser, and another with three different types of highlighter pens in a selection of colours.
The pen and pencil set is a great starter set for making sure your child has everything they need for their first day at secondary school. In particular I liked the fact that there was a black and a green BIC Cristal included, and a glue stick. I often buy extra of these things throughout the year and so it's good to have these essentials in a set like this already. My older children use pencils a lot too (they are both taking Art GCSE) and so to have five included in the set was a bonus. Also, aren't they funky looking?
I've bought similar unbranded supermarket sets in the past but the quality of them is nothing like the BIC sets, with cheaper pens running out after about a week or worse still, leaking, I've learnt the hard way that you really do get what you pay for!
My teen girl instantly claimed the retractable pens for herself, although I had a sneaky try in my diary with them and thought that they were brilliantly smooth to write with. I also liked the rubber grip - very comfortable for a left-hander like me!
The highlighter set was fantastic too. I've never seen such a huge pack of highlighter pens and they are a brilliant buy if like me you have more than one teenager taking exams. I know that my two are both going to get a lot of use out of them with all the notetaking and text annotation they do in class and at home. There are a good selection of colours and sizes in this pack, so everyone can have one of each - perfect!
|Top to bottom: Original, Comfort and XL Highlighters from BIC|
|They also happen to be great for highlighting my running plan too!|
All in all, we really liked these packs of pens, although if I had one tiny criticism it would be that the mixed set could do with a few more black pens going in there. My two older kids go through what seems like hundreds of these a year and so one would only last us a few weeks if that!
Having said that, I'm pretty sure that the pre-teen will have everything he needs in this set to start him off at high school in September
*crosses pens off the list*
The Back to School 15 piece pack has an RRP of £9.99 and is available from ASDA, Wilko, Morrisons, Staples and B&M Retail. The Highlighter 15 piece pack also has an RRP of £9.99 and is available at ASDA, Wilko, WH Smith, Staples and B&M Retail.
We were sent the two sets mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are our own.