We love stationary. Love it. The kids favourite stores are stationary stores, and last week, when I walked into Officeworks for the first time, I thought I had died and gone to Heaven!
So when the opportunity to review a new line specifically aimed at pre-teens arose, I put my hand up with a resounding ‘pick me, pick me!’
The kids were equally as enthusiastic. They didn’t even mind that every scholiday (that was supposed to be school holiday, but autocorrect made it scholiday and I’m leaving it like that; I think it could catch on) excursion finished in a trip to the post office, in search of stationary treasure.
Thursday, the second last day of the scholiday’s, our questing paid off. The parcel arrived.
It was blog review time.
Now when it comes to stationary, you can get it very right or very wrong. Kids want colour, and fun, and things that work. They don’t want boring exercise books and plain pencils; that would just be dull. So when I saw the stuff that Budons sent me, I was impressed, because they tick all the boxes.
Their range is not huge. You’re not going to walk into some specific Budons store and finding every writing implement under the sun. But they have the basics, and they do them well. The colours are bright, the items are practical, and the prices are reasonable. (And incidentally, if you’re looking for them try Target or the words-can-not-describe awesomeness of Officeworks.)
What really appeals to kids though are the clip ons. Little plastic characters that attach to the front of the bag/pencil case lunchbox, and allow them to be completely individualised. When I asked Taylah what she thought of them, her response would they would be cool if her friends had them, so they could swap them with each other, which is exactly what Budons had in mind.
I’ve seen these clip on things before, but what Budons does is give them all a name and a character. When you’re eight and you have all the time in the world to memorise the names of the plastic dudes on your school bag, this is very important. As Taylah and Bridie were looking at them, they giggled over one, and said, ‘this one has no clothes.’
‘no, that’s because it’s name is Nudey. It doesn’t wear clothes.’
Each product has room for at least eight clip ons (except for the small pencil case), and they are reasonably priced, so kids can buy themselves with their own pocket money, which is a definite plus!
Although the stationary items (such as pencil case, and folders) are obviously best suited at older kids, some of the other products in the range are also good for little ones. Ava spent a good ten minutes completely preoccupied with arranging the clip ons just how she liked.
And then she thought she had done such a good job, she would show Grandad.
Now the exciting stuff!
I have a Blue Budons insulated lunch box, and six clip ons to giveaway.
The lunch box would suit any age child, and although it’s blue, and the clip ons are kind of ‘boyish’ I’m sure even girls would love it.
To enter my first ever competition, all you have to do is this: visit the Budons website, and tell me which character best suits your personality.
For extra entries, (maximum of 3) share this on Facebook and twitter (make sure to @ diaryofasahm for both), and leave a comment here telling me you did so. The winner will be drawn on 30th October by Random.Org, cause rafflecopter hasn’t sent me an invite yet (rude!)
Disclaimer: this was not a sponsored post. I received a lunch box and six clip ons from Budons for review. Life I said, I really like stationary.