Monday, January 10, 2011

Recycled Marker Color Labels

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.

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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.

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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.

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I used clear packing tape to adhere the colored paper to the markers. 

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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.

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Now the markers look like this in the holders.  Little artists can see which color they are grabbing. 

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The preschool teachers were very happy and the kids were happy. 

I did this over a month ago and the tape is still holding. 

Success!

So if you are experiencing the same problem in your house or classroom, try this.  It really helped us.

Kim

13 comments:

  1. I am an occupational therapist and I have these. I have had difficulty with my younger children finding the colors. Heck, I have had trouble matching the lids. The print is kind of hard for me to read. Thanks for the tip!
    Cindy

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  2. Oh, I love it! It's one of those things where I'm smacking my forehead saying "Why didn't I think of that!?" These new markers have been driving me crazy - sometimes I have to draw a little on the paper just to see what color the marker is. Thanks for this solution :)

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  3. great tip and yep they are great for the enviroment but hard to tell the color sometimes. :)

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  4. yes, i've had the same problem. great idea, as usaul kim!!

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  5. Great idea!!! I definitely could have used that when I was teaching...but I still need it at home with our markers. It drives me nuts when the right cap isn't on the marker!

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  6. You are a genius! Such a simple solution. We have the same problem going on over here and I am definitely going to take care of it now.

    Thanks Kim!

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  7. You're a genius! Seriously the best thing I have seen all day.

    Was thinking of you today with all the Blissdom talk. Wish I were going!

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  8. What I like about this is that it doesn't matter what the lid color is once you put the tape on! Any lid will do:) We always lose our lids!

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  9. Do you know where you can buy the wooden marker holders or if they are homemade how you would make them? I had them when I was little but now as a preschool teacher I would love to have them again.... Thanks!

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  10. Hate to say it, but i wish crayola will not do this with your markers again, i hope they have received enough complaints to think twice next time they change an already great product!!!
    thanks for the great idea Kim, my preschoolers will love this idea too!!

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  11. Melissa-I ordered mine through Discount School Supply. Most teacher's catalogs have them although I'm sure there are crafty people out there that can make their own.

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