Have you seen the signs out about town that advertise their seasonal specials? Don’t they look much more interesting now than they did a few years ago with just white chalk on a black background? I’ve often wondered about how fun they would be to have around the house, and now we know that window markers are great for creativity at home as well as for business.
Chalkola sent us a set of 10 chalk markers, although we like to refer to them as window markers as that’s where we use them most. I was a bit unsure at first, thinking that they’d be messy, or that we’d need a special board like businesses have and I was very pleasantly surprised.
As soon as they arrived we started to have some fun with them. Chalk markers are a high density chalk ink, and they do need about 2 to 3 mins prep time (for each marker) to get the ink flowing through, but then they’re good to go. This was the hardest part for the kids as they wanted to get started…but good things take time.
We like to use window clings almost year-round to brighten up the rooms and have something fun to look at. However, they tend to fade. Cue the window markers…now Tristan and Kallista can create their own fun pictures for the windows!
The colours are bright and vibrant, and really cheer things up. The children love to leave messages for Phil – from Happy Birthday to superhero signs, and messages of love. They make him feel welcome after a long day at work.
The Chalkola markers (affiliate link) are used on non-porous surfaces only (So its best to test a small area first). The ink dries quickly, and the finish is like a chalk, but without the dust. I love this part! Tristan and I have dust allergies so I don’t want chalkboards in the house…but now the kids can use these chalk markers and have fun with their chalkboards.
The ink doesn’t have a scent, either! No headaches were produced during our testing! And it’s not a pain to clean them off, either. Just use a baby wipe or a little window spray and they wipe right off.
What did we use these window markers for? Not just for leaving messages on the windows, though that’s certainly their main use at the moment. We’ve been having trouble with garden birds flying into our kitchen window and injuring themselves.
Following the most recent incident I used the markers to draw a quick picture on the window that would break up the reflection and they wouldn’t think the window didn’t exist.
There’s no more arguing over whose glass is whose when they get moved around now, the writing is on the wall, so-to-speak. This would be fantastic at parties! And I had a little fun with the gummy bear jar as well….
I also have a couple of craft ideas in mind for these so stay tuned!
If you’d like to get a set for yourself or someone you know (a perfect gift for teachers, childminders, daycares, shop owners, and let’s not forget our children!), use the code CHALK20A at Amazon for a 20% discount.
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