Here’s a conversation I overheard this evening between my husband and daughter that made my day!
HEIDI (age 6): Daddy, where do pencils come from?
JASON: Well, they come from trees that are cut down, then they take the trees which are brought to a sawmill and cut down into lumber. Then they put the lumber through a lathe and cut it into thin pieces which are then shaped either hexagonal or cylindrical. After that they drill a hole through the thin pieces and put graphite through the hole which is the part you write with. Finally they put the eraser on the top of the pencils and then sell them in packs which you buy in the store. After you sharpen the tips then you can write and draw pictures with them.
HEIDI: No, they come from Pencil-vania!!!