How could something so small make such a big difference in the art room?
I purchased seven of these Foray double-hole sharpeners, one for each of my tables. I used my electric sharpener to sharpen all the new pencils at the beginning of the school year. Guess how many times I have used my electric since? ZERO.
All the kids ages 6 and older use the manual sharpeners! They put a nice sharp tip on our large pencils. They save my time, the students have more independence and the room is a little quieter.
AND they work well on colored pencils, much better than my electric pencil sharpeners.
Foray double-hole pencil sharpeners are available at Office Depot and maybe at an office supply near you.