Get ready for back to school with Dixon Ticonderoga

This is a sponsored review post. Please read the full disclosure at the bottom of this post. Thanks!

Thank you very much to Dixon Ticonderoga for sponsoring this post! You probably know the Dixon Ticonderoga company from their famous No. 2 pencils but they are also known for being the world’s leading supplier of quality writing and art supplies. They also have the Prang brand which is synonymous with quality, from colored pencils to watercolors. They know their products are high-quality and to prove it they are providing bloggers with some of their products as well as some of their competitor products to put to the test in their Get the Good Stuff campaign. I was lucky enough to be chosen for this campaign.

Before I forget here is an exclusive coupon for the Prang Watercolors just for you! PRANG WATERCOLORS COUPON

Here is a picture of the products I received:

dixon ticonderoga products

Prang Classic Art Markers
RoseArt Broadline Markers

Prang Large Triangular Colored Pencils with bonus sharpener
Crayola Colored Pencils

Prang Oval Semi-Moist Watercolors
Crayola Washable Watercolors

Ticonderoga 30ct Sharpened Pencils
Walmart Brand Wood Pencils

I put all of the items to the test by using them in some arts and crafts projects with my 4-year-old daughter, Abby.

First, we compared the markers.


My daughter went for the Prang Classic Art Markers. The covers were easier for her to remove. The markers are skinnier which make it easier for her to hold. For me the best feature is that it won’t dry out even if you leave the cap off all day. Sometimes my daughter forgets and well I hate having to buy a new pack of markers just for one color.

Next, we tried the coloring pencils.

coloring with pencils

Here is a close-up of the pencils so you can see the difference. The Crayola pencil is on the left and the Prang is on the right.

coloring pencils

My daughter immediately went with the triangular colored pencils from Prang. They are easier for her to grasp and control. The color from the Prang pencils came out brighter and more vivid. I like that the Prang pencils came with a pencil sharpener too.

After trying out the coloring pencils we did some painting with the watercolors.


The Prang watercolors are semi-moist which means that you don’t have to add water and swish or wait. Wet your paintbrush, dab in the color and get straight to painting. Compared to the Crayola watercolors the Prang colors definitely came out brighter.

Finally we tested out the pencils.


The Prang pencils are already sharpened so they won hands down! Another thing I noticed is that the eraser on the Prang pencils actually erased instead of smearing pink stuff all over the paper.

Dixon Ticonderoga and Prang products came out on top of all the competitor products. Their stuff is just plain better and my daughter will be going to Preschool this year with the good stuff. Thanks!

Note: Ticonderoga and Prang products can be found at Wal-Mart, Target, OfficeMax, Staples, Office Depot, Hobby Lobby, Kmart and more.

I received one or more of the products or services mentioned in this post for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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