Educational Insights: Smens Review & Giveaway

So today, I have another fun little giveaway from Educational Insights for you! Smens Scented Pens!

The Smens from Educational Insights have become our latest summer school motivating tool! We’ve been using them to complete our Summer Bridge Activities from Carson Dellosa. We do a lesson each day and the Smens are our “special” pens for these activities. Somehow having something special makes the work more fun ;o)

What are Smens?

Smens are gourmet scented pens made from recycled newspapers. Available scents include Red Licorice, Creamsicle, Aloha, Mystery Scent, Banana Fo Fana, Mocha, Passion Fruit, Ninja Berry, Pink Lemonade, and Black Licorice. Each Smen is individually wrapped in a stay-fresh biodegradable plastic tube and is guaranteed to keep its scent for two years.


What’s the Cost? $24.95 for a set of 10 scented pens

The only complaint we had were that the pens are all black ink, my kids were hoping that they were colored according to their scent. We also received some colored pencils though and that seems to have made their color issues disappear. They use both all the time!

I have to say that I love how the pens write. They’re nice and smooth and the ink flows out nicely, no clumping! And I can really tell that something’s a hit when I find the Teeny Tot trying it out for herself. She’s working on her older sister’s 3rd grade book below. Clearly she’s advanced for her age.


Want more info on Educational Insights? Check them out below, make sure to let them know Erica @ Confessions sent you over!

Would you like to win a set of these yummy pens for your own group? I just happen to have a set to giveaway to one of you! Guaranteed to make learning more fun! And definitely more aromatic!

Buy It:

Win It:

  • To win a FREE set of Smens simply leave a comment below letting me know you could use some scented motivating tools to get your kids going this summer!

Giveaway Information:

  • The give away will be open until midnight EST Friday October 14, 2011. Winner will be announced by Sunday October 16, 2011.
  • Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, winner will be chosen at random.
  • This giveaway is offered to US & Canada residents only.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  • NOTE: In order to enter the contest you must leave a comment on THIS post. To leave a comment scroll to the bottom of the post and click “Post a comment” (If you are reading this via RSS, you will need to visit my actual blog to post a comment.)

Disclosure: I was provided with a free set of Smens to review on my blog. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.


  1. OH! We have wanted to try out Smens for a long time! Great giveaway!

  2. Stacy Schindler says:

    I think that my son would want to do his work more with a special set of scented pens. Smens would be a great addition to our homeschool supplies!

  3. Please count this as my entry for the scented pens…what a great idea!



  4. Oooo I’m so excited. These are on my wish list for things to use next fall with my preschooler. Yeah!

  5. how cool! My kiddos would love those. I had never heard of that before. I remember loving scratch & Sniff stickesr as a kid.

  6. These would be great!! I would love them!!!

  7. I could use these to motivate my daughter to learn to write her letters, numbers, and name!


  8. I’ve seen these and have been wanting to try them! We could def use something special to help motivate the kids.

  9. My kids have been wanting Smens. This would be a great motivator! Thanks!

  10. my little guys love to “smell” so these would be really fun!

  11. Heather D says:

    Oh my girls would love these for school!

  12. I’ve seen these scented pens and am torn in trying them. I’m not sure how much work would get done! Would it excite my kids to do their work or would my kids sit there and keep sniffing the pens. 😉 But I’d love to try them out!

  13. Jen Lowke says:

    We would LOVE these at our house! It would make my correcting more fun as well! 🙂

  14. My daughter loves scented markers! These would make writing fun.

  15. Emily Edwards says:

    My 4yo. would love these, and they sure would motiviate her to want to learn to write her alphabet!!

  16. I would love these for my daughter as she is just learning to write. What a fun motivator!

  17. These would be a wonderful motivator for my 6 year old! She is the queen of office supplies!

  18. My son just got a scented pencil for his birthday from his Sunday School teacher. He couldn’t wait to do school with it. Giving some scented pens to the kids would make doing the worksheets a little more fun.

  19. We have one smencil and love it! We would love to try the smens too . .

  20. My daughter has asked for the Smencils before at the checkout stands but I haven’t bought them yet. I think all three of My kiddos would definitely have more fun doing their Summer Work using the Smens
    Thanks for the chance to Win Them!!!

  21. Erica Pierce says:

    My daughter would love these pens! What a great giveaway, thanks!

  22. How neat! My three year old would love these. 🙂

  23. Michelle F says:

    OH how I love pens! Especially yummy smellerific ones like these. Crossing my fingers!

  24. We have a couple of Smencils, these look AWESOME!!!! All three of mine would love to have these for their work. Thanks!

  25. My daughter would love these!

  26. Tania Fernandez says:

    I would love to win these!!! I’m just getting started with my 5 year old and I could definitely use them!!

  27. I am loving how excited my son is to be learning new things and grasping new concepts but how fun would it be to add these in for him? Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  28. What a neat idea. My kids would love to try these. I think they would come in handy and make homework time fun. Thanks!

  29. I think these pens would make spelling much more fun!! 🙂

  30. Stephanie says:

    My 4 year old and 8 year old would love these!

  31. My daughters would so love these!

  32. I’d love to try them with my girts. I subscribe via email.

  33. Crystal Melton says:

    I have seen these pens at teacher stores and have always wanted them. I remember fondly when my teachers used these pens to grade my papers. I know my children would love them too!

  34. Hmmm…scented pens. Well, I know my kids have loved using scented markers in the past when drawing and coloring. My kiddos typically use pencils to complete their school work, but I let them use pens or markers to check their work. …And every now and then, I’ll let them break out and have a ‘special’ day and they’ll use pens to do some of their work (which they love and think they are ‘big high school-aged kids’). i think scented pens would be a pretty cool twist to those days 🙂 I’ll have to look into those smencils too 😉 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  35. These sound SO fun!!!

  36. Malia Liermann says:

    My children would love these!!! They love pens and markers just like their mom! What a motivator!

    Malia Liermann

  37. My four-year old would love these! We have just begun homeschooling, and one of our daily activities is to practice writing his name, the date, and then we use the date to solve little math problems. (on October 4, we figured out ways to make 4, 1+3=, etc.) He gets bored with this quickly but I think it is important to do the repetition for writing practice and to help him memorize basic addition facts. Having scented pens would make it SO much more fun for him!

  38. We would love to win these!

  39. My dd would love those pens!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Well, it’s not summer, but we could use them for school work. We have Smencils and they have been a big hit.

  41. My kids love colored pens, I think pens that smell would really interest them and get them motivated for assignments they might not want to do.

  42. My three year old son would love to use these.

  43. Wow! What will they think of next? How fun do these look, my daughter would go bananas (and they have a banana scent!)

  44. We are just starting our homeschooling adventure and these pens would be SO fun!! 🙂

  45. I would love a set of Smens. We already have Smencils, and they are awesome!

  46. Gita Suchland says:

    my kids would love to have these!

  47. Daily Woman says:

    We love scented markers and pencils, we have some of the pencils now.

  48. oh how fun, my kids love the smencils so I’m sure they would love these too!
    kathy k

  49. These would be so helpful! My DD loves to “write” stories, but HATES to work on handwriting (hers is atrocious!) These would defintiely provide an incentive for her to practice more.

  50. My kids would love trying these out. They love trying to guess flavors and scents!

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