Ahh, the modest pencil: just wood, graphite, and a little rubber make up this mighty writing tool. (Side note, we’ve got your back if you want to do a deep dive on what pencil lead is made of). And while pencils should be celebrated every day, it’s on National Pencil Day that the redheaded step child of the pen gets its due. Mark your calendars—March 30th is a day of celebration, honor, and reverence.
Here are a few fun activities for showing pencil pushers a little love:
Calling all artists and non-artists: this is a fun activity on National Pencil Day, whether you’re doing it with friends or coworkers for team building.
Choose your subject and draw them without picking up your pencil or looking down at your paper. And voila! You have a piece of modern art you can share with your subject (no doubt it will look exactly like the portrait above).
Everyone needs a little support sometimes, right? The same goes for plants. If you have a smaller plant that needs a stake to help it grow up and out, use a pencil! Use it just like you would a plant stake—stick the sharpened end into the soil and wrap the plant around the pencil.
We all knew that cool kid in middle school who could spin a pencil around their middle finger, and if you’re like me, you were not that kid, so your pencil tricks could use some work.
Here’s how to do it:
If you’re more of a visual person, check out this helpful tutorial.
Pencils aren’t just for fun, people. They also offer emergency help, like in the dire case of losing an earring back. Those with pierced ears know that terrifying moment when you’re in the middle of doing something and your earring backer flies off.
Don’t fret—it can be easily remedied with the help of a pencil eraser. Just pop if off the pencil and use it as you would a regular earring backer. A trick for National Pencil Day and beyond.
We’ve talked so much about pencils at this point, you have to be chomping at the bit to get your own, right? There’s something really cool about having personalized pencils, whether you put your name on them or fun sayings like the image above.
Here are a few faves we think you’ll like, too:
The traditional wooden pencil with a twist—they change colors when you grip them!
Mechanical pencils are some people’s jam, and these are extra awesome because your message is printed in an awesome mirror effect!
Who doesn’t love colored pencils? This set features unique black pencils and a handy sharpener.
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