I know many of you have markers. Crayola has had these markers made of recycled materials. While this is great for the environment, it isn’t so great when my kids go to color.
This is what happens when 2 or 3 preschoolers/toddlers color with these markers. The lids are off and you can’t tell what color most of them are until you write with them. Frustrating for a young child that is trying to be creative and expressive.
Now imagine you are a preschool teacher, daycare provider, or therapist and have one of these holders pictured above.
When the kids get to coloring, they do not put them back in the appropriate lids. With no color stripe on the end, how can they see what color they are actually grabbing?
This was the problem in my son’s preschool class. I had an idea and volunteered to help.
I cut pieces of construction paper to correspond to the colors of the markers.
I used clear packing tape to adhere the colored paper to the markers.
I taped the paper to the ends of the markers like this. Make sure that tape is exposed all around the paper, so it will stick to the marker better and not curl up. Lots of little fingers will be touching these and picking at them.
Now the markers look like this in the holders. Little artists can see which color they are grabbing.
The preschool teachers were very happy and the kids were happy.
I did this over a month ago and the tape is still holding.
So if you are experiencing the same problem in your house or classroom, try this. It really helped us.