REVIEW: Back to School with Helix Maped

We were kindly sent an exciting parcel of back to school goodies courtesy of Maped Helix which was full of essentials for the school year ahead.

First up was the Oxford Fountain Pen; a really smart looking pen which has a balanced barrel and a flexible iridium nib which gives you better control when writing. I love writing with a fountain pen and they will last years if well looked after. Included in the pack are 5 blue ink cartridges to get you started and although our pen was sent in a cardboard and plastic packet, it now seems that the pens now have new plastic-free packaging which is great news!

Maped Easy 360 Compass – Especially designed for younger users or those using a compass for the first time, the Maped Easy 360 Compass has a special ‘agility system’ which is a flexible top that allows it to be easily gripped so that you can move the compass around smoothly so it is great for beginners. Available in different colours and on the back of the packet is a QR code that can be scanned so you can watch a video to show you how to use it.

Maped Roller Highlighter – Something a bit different that I haven’t come across before is this highlighter which is in the form of roller, rather than a fibre tip. It uses stamp technology and it creates an attractive solid coloured line with small dots either side. It can be used on all types of pen and the benefit of this style is that the tip doesn’t smudge the ink on the paper and transfer to the tip – there is nothing worse than opening a brand new highlighter and then ruining it straight away by going over some dark ink which transfers to the nib! The roller highlighter does not dry out if you leave the cap off and it comes in a range of colours.

Limited Edition Filled Pencil Case Pink & Blue – Simple but handy pencil cases which are pre-filled with a selection of useful bits and pieces. Inside you get: a rubber, pencil sharpener, black ballpoint pen, blue ballpoint pen, two pencils, 15cm ruler, 45 and 60 degree set squares and a 180 degree protractor. The pencil cases both contain items in coordinating colours and they have plenty of room inside so that you can add to them what you like. These pencil cases are a great idea for secondary school starters as they give you the basic items you will need all in one place.

Maped Picnik Concept Blue Lunch Box and Water Bottle – Start the school term off with a new lunch box and bottle set; the Maped Picnik lunch box has an easy to open and close propeller grip which can be removed for cleaning. Inside the lunchbox are one small and one large compartment and a removable leak proof tray with a lid. The tray cleverly sits on top of one of the compartments so as not to squash whatever you have placed there. The lunchbox is freezer safe, microwave safe if you prefer a warm lunch and it can be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher. To accompany the lunch box is a matching 430ml water bottle. It has a lift up carry handle and a smart one-touch spring loaded lid. It is spill and leak proof as it automatically seals when you stop drinking. It is easy to clean with its wide neck and can also be put on the top rack of the dishwasher.

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