It’s coming up on travel season! Easter, May long weekend, and then summer holidays! Are you ready for taking the kids on long (or short) trips and keeping them entertained along the way? Here’s a super easy art travel kit that will keep the kids happy.
The fine folks at Chalkola have sent us a set of their window markers and we’ve all been having lots of fun with them. They’re easy to use, and they clean up with just a baby wipe (or a damp cloth). The kids want to fill every mirror and window with their artwork now, just like they’ve seen in shop windows.
This had me thinking how we could find more uses for wet wipe markers. I was doing a little spring cleaning and found some plastic take-out boxes (This and other links in this post are/may be affiliate links) in the cupboard. We never throw these away as they are so handy for holding kids’ art supplies and bits and bobs around the house….so why not use them for the markers?
Of course, we didn’t just use the box for storing the markers (they do come in their own box), but rather we made a quick little art travel kit with them.
We divided up the wet wipe markers between two containers and added a little packet of wet wipes into each box. Now the kids were ready to go! They popped the boxes into their backpacks and we set off for a long walk in the countryside and along the sea, thoroughly enjoying the beautiful weather we had last week.
After stopping at a pond to check out some newts, and stopping to smell the gorse (it smells like coconut), we eventually stopped for a little snack and to enjoy the view of Belfast Lough. The fog from the early morning still hadn’t completely lifted, but the lough (lake) was a beautiful site.
The kids then took out their art kits and used the inside of the lids to draw beautiful pictures of what they saw from their vantage point halfway down the cliff.
They had so much fun doing this! They were proud of the pictures they’d drawn, and they wanted to take them home to show Daddy. Because they’d drawn the pictures on the inside of the lids, this was easily done. The pictures stayed put on the journey home. If they’d wanted to make a new picture all they would have had to do is to take out a wet wipe, clear the board, let it dry a couple of minutes and start again.
Think tic-tac-toe, hangman, pictionary….the kids can have hours of fun with such a simple little art kit!
The ease of doing this had me thinking it would be fun to do in the car as well. So the kids tried it out…
The wet window markers worked well on the inside of the car windows! The kids had fun making pictures for Dad. I think this would be a fun idea to do when kids wait in a car with one parent while the other is in the shops. Waiting at times like this are always soooo boring!
Phil thought the pictures were groovy and drove to work the next day with them still on the windows…..although I wouldn’t recommend doing that.
Chalkola also sent along a set of mason jar labels. After all, I deserve a little art fun, too, don’t I? I have been meaning to make some ginger jam, but with the great weather we’ve been out more and I haven’t made it yet. I’ll be using these labels to mark the jam jars when I give them as gifts to friends and neighbours.
In the meantime, I just couldn’t wait so I started to label kitchen jars! How fun! By simply using a wet wipe I’ll be able to change the name of the label with each new batch of cookies we make. I’m eyeing up our stainless steel tea and coffee pots to give them brighter labels, too!
The labels are removable, and they come in a few different patterns in each package. Even doggies will have their treat jar looking cute.
Have you tried out wet wipe markers yet? They’re also known as chalk markers. What interesting ways have you found to be creative with them?
Just a note: these markers are for use on non-porous surfaces only or you may not get them off again. Windows, mirrors, and plastic boxes are just perfect!
Use the code CHALK20A on the 6mm pens and received 20% off your Amazon purchase and use the code CHK20OFF to get 20% off the 15mm markers