Gone are the days when kids had to raise their hands, rise from their desks and sharpen their pencils in the corner of the classroom. Granted, personal sharpeners definitely aren’t a fresh innovation, but pencil sharpeners for kids have gotten so much cuter than the rickety metal contraptions your writing utensils were always getting jammed in.
As if back-to-school supplies weren’t already the best part of early education, now pencil sharpeners are just as vibrant and cartoonish as the images splashed across homework folders and notebooks. From electrical to manual machines, the following sharpeners are cute, functional and make for the most adorable study buddies you’ve ever seen.
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1. Zmol Panda Electric Pencil Sharpener
Forget that dusty aging wall sharpener: As soon as your little one whips this adorable panda bear pencil sharpener out of their supplies box, his or her classmates will be lining up at their desk. The electric sharpener features a helical steel blade that’s sturdy enough to last over 6,000 uses, while a switch button lets your child select just how precise they like their point — sharp, medium or blunt. It’s also quite the little workhorse: It automatically starts sharpening when it feels the pencil, and stops in 3 to 5 seconds once it’s done.
2. Bostitch Office Twist-n-Sharp Manual Pencil Sharpener
On the off chance your tween hasn’t switched over to writing in pen, this Bostitch Office Twist-n-Sharp pencil sharpener is a solid pick. Available in a variety of vibrant colors that are giving us serious early 2000s vibes, the manual sharpener for kids features an attached dispenser drawer to clean out pencil shavings and a center dial that stops them from over-sharpening.
3. StudentsZone Kids Manual Owl Pencil Sharpener
Isn’t this pencil sharpener for kids from StudentsZone a hoot? If the owl shape isn’t enough of a selling point, your child will love having something so vibrant sitting on their desk. The handheld sharpener is reminiscent of old school sharpeners with a crank at its back so kids can experience the manual work with a contemporary aesthetic.