- Soft toy/cushions with kid's artwork
- Shower curtain village play mat
- aluminium foil solar system
- packing tape movie reels
- aluminium foil hats
There have been a few other projects involving sharpies that didn't make it onto the blog, but now seems a good time to show you some of those too.
The kids decorated thier own $3 umbrella with permanent markers during the early rainy months of this year...They decorated some cheap white pillowcases... We made sparkly magnetic fridge puzzles of each kid's name from sheets of Crayola printable magnets that I came across in Goodwill. Lastly, and this is still a work in progress, using the same method that we used for the cushion craft, I tape squares of old bed sheet to cardboard and let them draw away and then save them, because I'm going to use the artwork to make a quilt or throw for them in the future. Here are a couple of my three year old's pieces from a few months back and here are the wonderfully colourful drawings that my four year old has done for her quilt. Hopefully it'll be a nice keepsake showing how the style of drawings changes as they get older. We've not had any real problems with markers being drawn on things that they aren't supposed to be yet. They come off skin pretty easily if you wipe it quickly. I guess the main danger is getting it on clothing, but experimental self decoration has only ever been an issue with the kids under three and a half really, and I tend to make sure they are wearing grotty old tshirts for crafting in anyway. We're lucky that our table top is tiled and so the markers come off that with a bit of elbow grease. Sometimes we use them outdoors in the yard too, this helps with ventilation, because when I've got more than a couple of kids using markers I have the windows open to keep the air fresh.