Typically, we use crayons for our morning art projects, but I also frequently brake out the markers and let the kids have at it. They LOVE using markers. I love it, too.
Except for the marker testing part. Can you guess which of the above cups of markers is still usable? Exactly. The ones on the left are the markers I had to throw out this morning because they were dried out. While I didn’t purchase this batch of markers, I can tell you that they were “cheap” markers. They were NOT name brand. And the fact that they lasted for um… ONE use… is exactly why I am never purchasing cheap markers. It’s Crayola Washable Markers for us, baby! Sure, they may be slightly more expensive than the dollar store variety, BUT they last a whole lot longer AND they are washable. Which is important when your kids consider themselves the canvas…
Um, yah. Those weren’t washable.
So, I found these Crayola Pip-Squeaks, which I just ordered.
64 WASHABLE markers for $11.01! That is roughly 17 cents a marker. And because they are Crayola, I know I can trust them not to dry out after one use, I feel good about that! Plus, since they are the Pip-Squeaks, they should be easier for my little ones hands to manage.
During our most recent art project time, Mister asked me to draw a picture of our house. So I did. Albeit a rough one (hey, my brother Darrel is the artist, not me!).
After I finished, he said, “But, you regot the backyard.”
“No,” I replied, “this is the front of the house, so you can’t see the backyard.
“Well, just draw it on the back, then!” he says, as he turns the paper over. So, I did.
As I drew it, I thought, “Man, I can’t get anything past this kid. And he’s only 3!”
I wonder what it is going to be like to have a ten year old that is smarter than me…
Guess I have only seven years to find out.