Thursday, 2 June 2016

Pilot Frixion Pens Review - Erasable Pens and Markers Plus Win! #SLHFeaturedThursdays


These days, it's so commonplace to see young kids glued to screens for both leisure and learning purposes.

The push to get kids tech-savvy in the education system starts young and the use of technology in the classroom is in full-swing from the moment kids step through the door of primary school and advances from there as they grow. (Even as I write, my toddler is confidently playing an ABC for Kids app on my iPad. No biggie. Just the norm.)

As a mum, I both like technology for kids... and loathe it. Here's why:

While I am all for kids learning with tech and believe it does assist kids immensely in so many ways (to master whatever the task at hand may be), I am also a big advocate for the fading art of penmanship.

Sadly handwriting seems to be less of a skill that is fostered with all of the care it was once granted when we ourselves were growing up. I personally believe it's a sliding consequence of all that modern button pushing and swiping that's happening in its place.

To foster this appreciation of writing, colouring and drawing and the fine motor skills that are inherent in these activities themselves (in an increasingly pen-less world), I like to arm my kids with a decent supply of everything from crayons to pencils, markers and biros in an effort to encourage them to sit, try and master.

No screens. No headphones. Just pens.

Handwriting is a skill for life and children should be practising it as much as possible.

As always with young kids, having the right equipment is an essential to turn an educational experience into a fun one.


My nine year old son has just recently been awarded his pen license at school. After talking about the hope of obtaining one for much of the year, he was proudly the first in his class to receive one and he was over the moon about it!

If you're not familiar with the whole 'pen license' thing - it's an official OK (backed up by a proper wallet-sized card produced by the teacher) that gives your kiddo the go-ahead to use biros in the place of pencils for all their written tasks.

These things are not given out easily. Kids have to really work for them and as a result, there's a great appreciation for the importance of perfect penmanship and the whole licence thing. They're a proper achievement!

Ruben was understandably stoked to go pen shopping at the time of his achievement and has already amassed quite a collection. He was pretty thrilled when I produced a box full of Pilot Frixion pens for him to use, which we were sent with thanks to Pilot. Unlike regular pens, Pilot's Frixion pens are fully erasable, which makes the task of producing neat and correct school work, less bothersome for easily frustrated youngsters.



The pens themselves look very appealing and come in a fab range of colours and styles which kids (and adults) are drawn to. (Ha! Drawn - get it?! - Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

Frixion pens have a thermo-sensitive ink that disappears with friction. Mistakes can be removed quickly and easily by rubbing with the eraser built in to each pen. The friction of the rubbing produces enough heat to erase the writing. There is no mess produced from the eraser either.

Kids (and grown-ups) can have a fantastic time with these. Ruben and I have been writing secret messages to one other, erasing those messages and then popping them in the freezer to make the ink re-appear. The extreme cold of the freezer makes the writing return after it has been erased which is pretty dang cool. I like that these pens are so entertaining for kids - and those of us who are yet to grow up. (Note: Never sign a legal document using Frixion pens!)


The Frixion pens come in a whole variety of styles to suit kids, students and adults.

There is the Frixion 3 in 1 which features three popular ink colours (black, blue and red) in the one pen and are priced at $9.95.
Frixion Ball is a gel ink pen available in nine colours, RRP $3.50.
Frixion Clicker is a retractable ball pen available in seven colours and in fine and extra fine point. $4.45.
Frixion Point is an extremely fine point pen for handwriting and craft, RRP $3.50.
Frixion Light is a highlighter that is erasable and comes in 6 colours, RRP $3.05.
Frixion Colors are felt tip markers available in ten colours and are priced at RRP $2.99 each.


Ruben is so excited to have a set of his own Frixion pens now. Apparently they're a current hot item in his classroom at present, with several of his friends already owning a few since he was awarded his license.

Having had a good play around with these items, we think they're pretty innovative and special. They're definitely a positive and clever way to get kids interested in writing and drawing again, with lots of interest factor and less frustration.

You can find Pilot Frixion pens and markers at newsagents, Officeworks and online.


Where do you stand on tech and kids? (Love it or loathe it?)
Do you think handwriting is becoming less of a skill?
Win one of three Pilot Frixion Pencil Cases valued at $40 each!
There are three pen-filled prizes available for three fabulous followers of Six Little Hearts!
Total prize pool $120.
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Giveaway ends 30th June 2016.
 

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*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts was gifted the items featured in this post for the purpose of review.
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60 comments:

  1. Technology certainly has a place for children, but I absolutely agree that handwriting skills would be suffering because of it. I would love to win this for my 11 year old autistic son who still struggles with writing because of his poor fine motor skills. He uses pen but his pages usually end up getting ripped because of pressing too hard to correct mistakes.

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    1. These sound perfect for your son.
      Good luck. :D

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  2. I am currently completing a certificate 4 in accounting. I am having to use a lot of white out if I use pens or an eraser if I use pencil but it makes my work look really messy! Winning this prize would be amazing! It would make my tafe work so much easier and cleaner.

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    1. They're such a great idea and yes, they'd help you out a lot by the sound of things.

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  3. colours and drawings are what my fridge is made of. I love art and creativity and its a lost a place for most children but not mine or my fridge

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    1. It sounds beautiful! So glad to hear it.

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  4. I didn't believe my son was creative. He never wanted to glue or paint then one day I saw some of his year 2 school work and he liked to draw maps and perfect pattern shapes. My Grandpa died when I was young but I was told he was an architect and even designed some of the old buildings in Adelaide. Talents shine through when you least expect them and I am sure with all the race track designs he has been doing lately that he would love these.

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    1. Boys can be funny when it comes to creativity. They seem to ignore crafty things and pens etc, then all of a sudden, they're right into it. Wonderful to hear that your Grandfather was an architect. Hopefully these things run in the family. :D

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  5. I would love to win these unique pens for my 8 year old son. He needs a lot improvement in his hand writing but he does not like to practice. With the frixion range ,he will be able to erase the mistakes and practice his handwriting in different colours. I am sure it will be a lot of fun to practice the shape of his alphabet with lots of colourful pens everyday.

    Name - sapna sharma

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    1. These markers sound ideal for your son. I love that they have really filled a need for so many people. He would certainly take to these. They are definitely lots of fun. (Even for grown ups.)

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  6. I could easily say I'd love to win these awesome pens for my daughter...but truth is, I don't think they'd make it that far...I love writing my Journal and I write poetry and I find I'm more creative with inspiring pens...these would help me 'create'.....

    Name - Juanita Thorn

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    1. Oh PERFECT for journal writing - thanks for the tip! I never even considered them for that but - perfect!

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  7. I know there's a problem with tech and handwriting cos all the schools are begining to get the laptops out of the class room in later years of high school cos kids now don't have the handstrength to write essays in the HSC for 2 hours....as for why i'd like to win this, it would colour our world (geddit!?!)

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    1. Lol!
      Yes - have you noticed how poor the handwriting of young adults is these days? (I sound like an old person I know!) There has definitely been a slide in skills and it's really very sad.

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  8. Would be amazing for my little ones especially when they're at the age that they love learning, creating and experimenting.

    Christina L

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    1. They are all that for sure! These pens are so much fun. :)

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  9. I love stationery. I love pens. Bugger the kids, I would want these for myself.

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    1. Bahaha! Yes! I have to admit, I would have loved to have kept the entire range we were sent for myself. However, bloomin' motherhood got in the way and I had gifted them to my son faster than I could stop myself! :D

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  10. These pens look amazing!!! I love stationery and have passed this love on to my son so I might have to share with him if I win ;)

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    1. Nothing more exciting than hanging out at the newsagents huh?!

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  11. I think it's all about balance and variety. Technology is important but so are writing (and spelling!) Both of my kids love their tech but they also love to write and draw. Beautiful tools like these Pilot Frixion pens would certainly encourage more drawing and creativity. No kid could resist them! Shannon Wotton

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  12. Jenny Morgan - a budding artist is what I have, he would love nothing more, he would think they were RAD!

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  13. Jenny Morgan - a budding artist is what I have, he would love nothing more, he would think they were RAD!

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  14. I would love to win these for my little girl who, whenever makes a mistake throws out her work and starts again, using these would put a stop that this!

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  15. These look all kind of awesome - erasable pens - wow! My son is in year 6 and still doesn't have his pen license but he works mainly online due to his vision & fine motor skill issues so that's not a huge issue for us. But the thought of writing secret message might intrigue him enough to give these a whirl. Anyway, if he didn't want to give these a go I know my girls would! Great giveaway Jody! Kirsty Russell

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  16. These would be a dream in my household - the amount of paper that gets wasted because of a mistake, or someone going outside the lines in mind-boggling. My kids don't get much tech time in our house, I hope they thank it for me later one. I think people worry they'll fall behind, or be disadvantaged if they aren't computer or tablet savvy, but I figure that we didn't have them when we were children, and we seem to get along OK now! Rosemarie De Bari

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  17. My eldest daughter loves to draw, this fantastic set of colours would let her create better pictures,

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  18. Those pens look amazing! I love that they are erasable! They would have been handy when my kids were still at school. I wouldn't mind them for myself though. I'm a stationery and pens addict :-)

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  19. These colourful pens would make my blog writing sessions fun, brighter and more enjoyable! I love writing in my notebooks because there's just something special about putting to paper. I'd be flying high with these Pilot pens!

    Dianne Childs

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  20. My 2 daughters are obsessed with "Mummy's Pens". These look like the perfect alternative to sharing mine and they even erase! Who knows, I might even get to keep my pens AND their lids to myself!

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  21. Technology definitely has a place - when I'm old and can't program the schlitzenfracker (my name for whatever's going to replace whatever's going to replace Blu Ray) I'll need my kids to do it! But penmanship and writing just for the sake of it are oh-so-important. These pens look great - so great I'm not sure the kids will get to use them if I win! Thanks for hosting the comp x

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  22. To get little Zoey who is five in to writing properly. Pushing buttons on her Ipad won't quite do it.
    Scott Crumlin

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  23. I would share these amongst my daughters and myself.
    My two eldest daughters have overseas pen friends and I've told them that every correspondence must be hand-written, not typed, so these will come in handy for that.
    And I'd use them as I have recently started up my own book blog so I would write down notes, reviews, etc. (shameless, cheeky blog flog= inthegoodbooksblog.blogspot.com.au) ;) Thanks for the opportunity.

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  25. My kids are using their laptops in high school more and more but when my eldest two do their HSC next year all the exams are still written. I'm trying to get them to handwrite their practise essays this year in preparation.
    I'd love to win these pens both for them and me to share. I'd use them in my blog diary. I color code all the different tasks I need to do re my blog each week. Making it coloured and pretty helps keep me on track! Being erasable is a definite bonus!

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  26. Why? Erasable art my friend, erasable art! I want my kids to be creative and free to roam but easily cleaned up after if their art appears where it is not wanted... like library books!

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  27. I agree with everything you said! I kept screen time to a minimum as my eldest was growing up but now he's 12 it's much harder. These pens look great! #weekendblogshare

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  28. Miss little 6 is learning to write
    These gorgeous pens would be a delight
    Help with handwriting and creativity too
    Would love to see all that they can do!

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  29. Nothing beats a handmade card or letter from your kids on Mother's Day or your Birthday or just for no particular reason at all, I love to encourage their creativity

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  30. I would love to win these as my children love pens and drawing and making up their own books. They have now discovered my special pens and keep running away with them and so I would love to give them their own "special" pens so their story books they create won't have scribbles from mistakes and they will feel so proud.
    (charisse c)

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  31. Love the frixions! I use them in my day planner so o can erase cancelled appointments.

    Technology is definitely a double edged sword. I love being able to take all my sons books with me wherever I go but I do feel handwriting is important too. Great post!

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  32. My boys are so into their writing! They'll love these pens - will have to go and look for them. Funnily, I'm going to go to Officeworks today too :)

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  33. OMG,I'm a stationery addict, pens included! I'd love to win this because of that reason and because I just can't warm to 'to-do' list and note taking apps. I try them and always end up going back to my trusty old school notepad and pens.

    As for tech and kids, at the moment I'm hugely against it as my son is only 4 and he is still at a stage where play is much more important than starting at a screen. We've taken tech (specifically ipad) away and the changes have been awesome.

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  34. Ohhhh...I would love to win this for myself so I can do some relaxing coluring.

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  35. Oh, forget the toddler for a moment, I'd pretty up my day planner and use these beauties for colouring for myself! Ok, and I'd share with the toddler because if anything will tempt her away from a screen, it's some new stationery and I agree that handwriting is so very important, I'm keen to foster a love of writing in her early! (Lisa B)

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  36. Love the Frixion pens I'd love to win this set for myself as my 10 year old always borrows my pens and never returns them
    Karen Edwards

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  37. I am an at home drawer and writer(not publishing writing) and also i sit down with my 20 month old granddaughter and we draw and sometimes when i look away or i do something she draws on the chairs or the lounge or my cushions lol..This would be great to win for many reasons.

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  38. These are great pens for perfectionists like me. If I make a mistake or my writing is a little untidy I stress out. maria P

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  39. Unlike other types of pen, the ink that is used in a ball pen dries almost instantly, ensuring that smudges are left on the piece of paper. campo marzio fountain pen

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  40. Belinda Moxey - I'd love to win these because my daughter is very interested in "magic" things. This would be great to play with her and have pictures appear and disappear. Great project for winters days :)

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  41. I'd love to win these pens because I love colouring as much as my kids. Since discovering the bliss of adult colouring books, I'm always on the hunt for more pens and often find myself raiding the kids pencil cases..
    - sarah ellwood

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  42. Frixion Pilot Pens make our whole family creative and help us create quality time by the bucketfuls.

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  43. I want to win so that the kids can pour their imaginations on to paper using vivid colour.
    - aleisha davidson

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  44. I'm not sure if it goes back to my school days, but I just love stationery! The range of colours, the things you can create, would even come in handy for the school holidays...this would be great! Ashley Beech

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  45. I'm looking for ways to encourage my son to practice his writing.
    -Michelle Hunt

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  46. I think I'd have more fun with this than my son but we could both have fun together!
    Eva Kiraly

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  47. Life is full of so many mistakes you can't unmake... it would be nice to have the power to erase some!!!!

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