Zebra Pens & Pencils – Putting the FUN in Functional (Review)

As most of you know, I’ve been homeschooling my kids for the past 2 years. Even though I’m about to send them off to public school in August, we’re still working on finishing up this year of school work. That means lots and lots…. and lots of writing.

Finding pens and pencils that can keep up with the demands of writing and grading can be difficult. I hate the regular yellow pencils, because I can never, ever find a sharpener when I need them. And a red pen? It disappears every time I need to grade something. Every time! It’s like the red-pen-eating goblins come out at night and steal all of my red pens.

Luckily, the Zebra Pen Corporation heard my prayers for good quality writing instruments at a price that won’t leave me in the poor house, and answered them. They sent me a whole pack of goodies that included the Cadoozles Mechanical Pencils, the Regal Roller Ball Pens (in both sizes), and the new Z-Grip Daisies Ball Point Pens.

I have put these pens and pencils through some major tests, and I am so proud to say that they have exceeded all expectations.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking: “It’s a pen.” I totally get that. But you have to actually try these pens out for yourself to understand what I’m saying. These pens are phenomenal. Really!

Take, for example, the Cadoozles Mechanical Pencils. Most mechanical pencils you buy have 2 problems: 1. They’re boring. 2. They’re not a number 2 pencil lead. The homeschooling curriculum we use requires the use of a #2 pencil for tests so that the Scantron can pick it up. We’ve been using those silly yellow pencils for the past 2 years, and I hate them. The first time we used the Cadoozles, we all instantly knew this would be the only pencil we would ever buy again. No need to worry about sharpening them, because the lead is always there. Just click the eraser when you need a little more lead. And, the pencils are just fun. With the funky designs (like ice cream{!}, sports, space, and more), Zander actually gets excited about sitting down to do his work with his “fun” pencil.

Then, there are the pens. I must confess that I am a self-diagnosed pen addict. If you look in my purse at any given moment, I have a minimum of 10 pens. Why? Because I am notorious for leaving them places and being stuck with no pens. Finding a pen that is “purse-worthy” though is a challenge, so the fact that the Regal Arrow Tip pens and all of the Daisies Ball Point Pens have replaced my former purse-worthy pens is amazing. And the only reason the Regal Needle Tip pens didn’t make it into my purse is because they’re in my homeschooling bag to be used for grading purposes only.

I know that it sounds crazy to gush over pens and pencils, but if you’ve ever been writing and had your ink come in and out, or scribbled furiously just trying to get your darn pen to write on a funky piece of cardboard {or napkin, or business card, or so on}, you need to try Zebra pens.

I have already decided that teacher gifts this coming school year will be a gift set full of Zebra pens for all of the kids’ teachers. After all, who uses more pens than a teacher? And, I’m starting my kids out right for the next school year, and I will pack their school bags full of Zebra pens and pencils.

Want to know where to buy these fantastic pens?
Well, I’m happy to say that you can find them just about anywhere. Walmart, KMart, Dollar General, Office Max, Office Depot, Family Dollar… the list goes on and on. In fact, you can view the entire list of retailers on the Zebra website “Where to Buy” page.

Also, be sure to follow Zebra Pens on twitter and become a fan of the Zebra Pen Corp. on facebook to keep up with the latest happenings.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of BML Public Relations on behalf of the Zebra Pen Corporation. I was sent the items stated above to get my honest and thorough review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was in no other way compensated for this post.

Angie Vinez (2894 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


  1. 1
    lfhpueblo says:

    I've used this brand before and can say I liked them.

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    Palimpsest says:

    Haven't tried the pens but the Cadoozles are really fun to use. Judging by their appearance I initially thought they were bad quality but I was pleasantly surprised. Fun design, good pencil, handy eraser on top.

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