Smarty Shortz Stylus by Smarty Shortz LLC – Review & Giveaway

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What we love…

the ease of adding and removing grippers which allow you to customize one stylus for multiple people

What we’d love to see…

a smaller version for younger kids who may not be able to hold a full #2 pencil stylus


This is a great stylus which will grow with your child as they age.

Smarty Shortz Stylus by Smarty Shortz LLC is a stylus designed for kids! This stylus includes grippers which help children develop the correct grip when tracing letters in both print and cursive on your devices. The stylus pencil resembles a number two pencil with the exception that it has a rubberized tip instead of a graphite tip and it has a similar feeling to a full #2 pencil. The stylus came with three different grippers all of which can slide on and off to meet the various needs of the user.

The individual grippers for this stylus really help you to customize it to your child’s grip style based upon their age. I liked the stylus for apps other than just handwriting ones as well because rather than using his fingers, my son used it and tried to color in a picture on the screen and was able to do it with far more precision than he was normally able to do. In terms of using it with handwriting apps, my son was able to use the stylus and attempt to copy the letters and numbers on the screen. There were definitely times he was more successful than others, but he kept trying and I saw improvement the more he used the stylus. This stylus could be used in occupational therapy to help children work on their grip of a pencil while doing fun activities on the iPad or other devices which would provide positive reinforcement for using it.

It would be great if this stylus was offered in a smaller style for younger children – who may be too young for a full #2 pencil similar to a “pip squeak marker style” where it’s a marker but just in a smaller package. It would also be nice if there were a smaller version I could put in my purse for times when we are out with just my iPhone instead of the full iPad and he wants to use it.

The stylus pencils are available for purchase by both parents and professionals. They offer a school “classroom kit” which includes 12 stylus pencils, 12 grippers, the Smarty Print app and instruction cards. The kits can be purchased for the 2-5 classroom and as a “Kindergarten and older” classroom kit. Individual styluses and pencils can be purchased by parents to help carry over learning from school to home or just to provide practice for children in using a stylus versus their hands on touch screen devices. This is a great stylus which will grow with your child as they age. You can buy the stylus online at


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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and her newest device which is an iPad Mini!

48 thoughts on “Smarty Shortz Stylus by Smarty Shortz LLC – Review & Giveaway”

  1. My daughter just showed interest in writing apps and I was thinking about looking at the iMarker. She is 6, had autism and fine motor/motor planning delays. She cannot currently write on paper but doing well on the ipad. I thought a stylus would help with that transition.

  2. We do not currently have a stylus but would love one so my daughter can practicing her printing skills. Thank you!

  3. I use a small keychain stylus, and my child uses it about 20% of the time-fingers are easier at this stage, but soon a nice stylus would be really great to have.

  4. I would live to use this with my students. If they were to make a “pip-squeak” version it would be perfect!

  5. We only have a large stylus which is too hard for the kids to use for handwriting so a kid’s size one would be very handy!

  6. My son just turned six so we haven’t yet explored handwriting apps, but I see the difficulty he has with a traditional stylus on other applications and think this would be great for him!

  7. Sometimes but it is so narrow, not the best for pencil grasp development, grippers don’t slide on and off easily and the rubber is going to get broken off, I can see it coming!

  8. I have been looking for a good stylus to use with my students and haven’t found anything durable enough yet. I like the way this one replicates a pencil for transfer to “paper/pencil” tasks.

  9. Wow this would be totally awesome for my 5yo! He is still trying to learn how to write properly & his new thing is coloring & making cards for us, so this would be PERFECT!!

  10. I haven’t used the stylus yet because I wanted to try to get her interested first. Now that she is using her finger well and interested, I want to use a stylus. I haven’t had luck in the past before our tablet with a magna doodle, crayons, etc.

  11. I love the idea of a stylus for writing apps. As a teacher i think it is really important so that children learn to hold a pencil properly and how to write correctly.
    We did have a stylus but there wasn’t a place to store it with the ipad so it is misplaced and I would love one that I could add a pencil grip helper to.
    What a brilliant idea and I am definitely going to be adding the app to my wishlist.

  12. As an OT I am always using and looking for a good stylus. Having one that I can add a grip to is a great option.

  13. We like to use a stylus but we too have had difficulies with them. At first my son was pulling the rubber tip off and then he learned that he wasn’t supposed to take off the tip but kept loosing them.

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