Our Visit To Maped Helix
Last week I very excitedly dropped the kids at school/nursery and drove like a woman possed over to Kingswinford to play with lots of stationery with some fellow bloggers at Maped Helix HQ. If you read my blog often enough I am a huge lover of stationery, and it was even discussed at the event just how people (mainly women) are stationery lovers this really pleased me as I thought it was just a small minority thing but no. There are lots of stationery lovers out there *waves*.
Maped Helix are sponsors of this years National Stationery Week which is from the 27th April to the 3rd May, aimed at reigniting our passion for stationery (not that I need help there) and get Britain writing.
During the event Maped Helix we were told of the history of the brand, from being founded in 1887 as the “Helix” brand based in Lye, Stourbridge to how Helix became part of the Maped Group in 2012 and relocating only 5 miles up the road to their new premises in Kingswinford. The Maped Helix Group was started as a family brand and is still to this day run by the same family.
Being at the event gave me a great scope of the brand, a brand which I haven’t really encountered since leaving school nearly 13 years ago. I got to see how products have evolved and how Maped Helix now make and manufacture products for young children right through to school, college and businesses.
- The Jungle Pen Holder holds pens in the base, you remove the pen and the cap stays in place this ensures no lost pens and caps.
- The ColorPeps Pencil Sharpener sharpen pencils to have a rounded tip thus preventing led snaps especially in the hands of young children.
- All felt tip pens aim to provide a 3-4 day life span, when the cap is left removed and are ultra washable.
- Child scissors are for children learning to cut, they will cut paper effectively but not hair (we tested have also tested this feature!)
Upon on my return home my children could not WAIT to dive into the bag of goodies and I was eager to test out the products in the real hands of children. The Color’Peps Jungle Innovation, Kidicut Scissors and ColorPeps Smoothy Crayons were a sure winners for the evening. With all this new stationary I now need to look into extending the kids arts & crafts storage in the playroom.
Last I want to show you a game we have just discovered for our tablet computer, available on Android or Apple products, Jungle Adventures.
The idea of this game is to choose and colour in your flying vehicle of which there are 4 to choose from, then flying around the jungle collecting creatures. With each level you complete you get to choose an animal prize to colour in and place in the jungle. A great and simple game which has kept both Lewis and Leah entertained and they even work well together finding the creatures.
**This is not a sponsored post, I was invited along to Maped Helix to play all things Stationery. All words and opinions are my own.