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Kids friendly art supplies

9:20 AM

Its pays off to invest in quality markers and crayons for kids, look for brands that are easily washable.

I have a line up of not just one, but two public holidays this week. And on these days, like all moms, I am hard pressed to find ways to keep my daughter entertained.
Coming from a long line of arts and DIY enthusiasts, I grew up with art material within easy reach. And, like all kids, it ended up where it is technically not supposed to go (the walls, the windows, the carpet....) it probably sent my mom into meltdowns more than once, though of course being the child at the time, I didn't get it. To me a wall was nice big blank canvas...sue me.

Now, I am on the other side of the proverbial fence. I am the mom dreading doodles on the walls, and like all moms of young kiddos, I have been there and attempted to wash so many walls I should be made the face of Magic Eraser...yeah that bad!
But, art is something great, and it is a great way to let your kids have fun. It helps develop the brain, encourage creativity, enhance hand eye coordination and children left to do it on their own might surprise you with amazing work of art (sometimes it is on paper, yes yes it happens).

I hear you now. You are saying "Wait, wait, wait! Did she write that kids should be left to do it on their own?"
And, yes, you read right. Kids should be left to create on their own at time, just not with the entire drawer worth of craft supplies.
In my home, the paint, glue, and glitter are off limit if I am not supervising the activity. The one time Ishita found the glitter and decided to use it was a disaster. My living room carpet looked like Tinkerbell and her friends died on it.
I however leave a box with a bunch of crayons and a can of markers out for her at all time, and a pair of kids friendly scissors (the kind that can only really cut paper). I also have a big tray of old xeroxes and papers she can use to doodle on along with a few colouring books she is free to use her own way. And she does tap into these supplies a lot.


From trial, errors and the resulting experience, I will say that the quality of the supplies you buy does matter A LOT.
We went through enoug cheapo markers, pencils and crayons to not want to buy them ever again. You know the kind that not only doesn't draw well on paper, but also breaks and dry hours after using them. And in most cases, these might have the crappiest covering on paper, but boy oh boy they work wonders on walls (and won't come off).
Yes, we've been there, with markers that doesn't come off the face. Crayons that do not come off the TV (don't ask), or the toilet bowl (no seriously, stop asking!), or the dog, or cat (I'll refer you to the previous braket). I've spent way too many hours rubbing my knuckles raw (and a fortune on Magic Erasers) in the past few years.

So much so that now, art supplies only have to follow two criterias to enter my home : Non toxic, and WASHABLE. So far the only brand that truly rocks my world when it comes to kids supplies is Crayola. Saves me the hassle of trying to explain to guests why my cat has turned blue and comes off the TV far easier than other brands.
You of course get lucky with cheaper items from time to time, but my advice is always do a test run before handing anything to your kids to doodle with.

And yes make sure the scissors you give them can only cut paper too. The been there done that will all nod in agreement with me, kids will cut hairs...any hair. It doesn't matter where they are, hair must be cut. Dolls, pets or own. The later of course being the most annoying of all.

14 comments

  1. Anonymous9:52 AM

    Happy Shivratri to you and family. May Lord Shiva bless you with strength and prosperity.

    Apple

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    1. Thank you, same to you.

      I would feel really blessed having that washing machine delivered today, would be prosperous enough considering my home has been overtaken by dirty laundry...sigh!

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    2. Anonymous1:12 PM

      For that you have to go to the temple today, wait for your turn to pour water over the shiv linga. You have to make an effort for his blessings LOL. You guys don't visit the temple on Shivratri.

      Apple

      Apple

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    3. Anonymous1:13 PM

      I hope you are not offended. All in good humour.

      Apple

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    4. Haha not offended at all :-)
      The washing machine came, but the technician won't be there to install it until tomorrow. I would have done it myself if that particular machine came with an adapter for our non standard tap. The Adapter from the old machine doesn't work with the hose of the new one. The I strict ion manual of the new one seem to point to the fact we should not use a tap adapter, so go knows what the tech will do tomorrow. We might have to change the tap or something...sigh!

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  2. HAH!
    Ishita's episodes remind me of when my kids took a black permanent marker & drew eyebrows & a moustache on our poor white kitty.

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  3. Last year Ishita managed to scribble on the cat with one of these cheap made in China blue markers that are supposed to be washable but really aren't, poor kitty!
    And your cat is a good kitty to have allowed the kids to draw eye brows and a moustache :-)
    My dog got doodled on in the past too, more recently she got a haircut with our kitchen scissors. She had big patches of very short hairs on her back that prompt people to ask what happened when we took her on walk.

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    1. Anonymous11:52 AM

      I think your cat likes makeup. Ishita probably wants to be a beautician. Just be careful she does not experiment on herself or you. My so on the other hand wants to feel and try his hand at everything like trying to roll a roti, arranging shoes in a neat line, tiding up the sofa covers, examining currency notes to feel their texture to see whther they are torn or not etc. He figured out that when we buy something, there is an exchange of colourful paper pieces and they are very important. So, he has developed fascination for money. A little too organized for his age. In his enthusiasm he sometimes messes up with things which he is not supposed to. Apart from that he sometimes breaks something just to remind us that he is a naughty boy.

      Apple

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    2. She could very well be on her way to be a beautician, or a stylist because she loves playing dress up as well.
      She did manage to tattoo my husband in the past, fortunately with Crayola markers which are totally washable and super easily, so it was just a matter of stepping the the shower for my husband to remove the full body art he had been treated to :-)

      I love seeing kids explore and figure things out, and I think it is part of the job for them to be a bit naughty at times :-)

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  4. The new crayola markers are just brilliant! I love to let me daughter do her art with them - I always completely leave her alone while I do mine beside her, but separately. It inspires me to see how free she is.

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    1. I worship these markers! They are God sent. they really wash off on practically everything, except the cheapo dispersion paint in our current flat. But I can live wit that :-)

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  5. This post is so funny. I wonder how I missed it. I keep trying to teach my toddler too that scribbling should be on paper and nothing else. Now I need to buy those scissors you mentioned. I really laughed out loud on the toilet seat sketching statement. For some reason my son who is in the process of being potty trained in the actual toilet seat with potty cover keeps insisting that his big teddy bear needs to go potty on the same toilet seat too... dont ask how many meltdowns we have had for this....

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    1. I still have a picture of that toilet seat, I took it to show my family how much further than me Ishita went in her doodling. Actually it was the whole toilet, not just the seat, all down to the water level in the bowl. Talk about gross!

      These scissors are awesome, the blade is made of plastic, so it really can't cut anything but paper.

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  6. This post is so funny. I wonder how I missed it. I keep trying to teach my toddler too that scribbling should be on paper and nothing else. Now I need to buy those scissors you mentioned. I really laughed out loud on the toilet seat sketching statement. For some reason my son who is in the process of being potty trained in the actual toilet seat with potty cover keeps insisting that his big teddy bear needs to go potty on the same toilet seat too... dont ask how many meltdowns we have had for this....

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