Oddly enough - Chew through the crunch

19th December 2008 at 00:00

How a new school accessory will fare in these financially tricky times is anyone's guess. But a design company is hoping parents will fork out for pre-chewed pencils.

The company, Concentrate, reckons the pencils, which look like they have already been chewed, will make pupils less likely to put them in their mouths.

The idea is not to save wood, or even lead, but to encourage kids to get thinking straight away.

Hard-bitten teachers may disagree, but Concentrate boss Mark Champkins thinks the company, which specialises in products to help children in school, is on to a winner. "We know it's daft," he starts unpromisingly, before deciding to go for a more upbeat message" "Just get down to some concentrated thinking and who knows what might happen." Quite.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today