February 13, 2015

Simple Window Decorating Activity

Lately, M2 has seemed bored and is struggling with sharing Mommy with B. Her speech therapist suggested trying some new activities with her. I love this idea as it allows her to try new things and gives her the important special Mommy time she craves. The past few weeks I've gotten a bunch of craft projects and new activities for her. 

She loves anything art or cooking related so that's my focus. I ended up with a large diaper box (I'm going to have to figure out better storage and organization) of craft supplies and fun things to try. I also have a few ideas for cooking that aren't in the box since food doesn't really do well stored like that. The plan is to parse out the activities with one or two a week to keep the newness going as long as possible. As we do activities, I'll share them with you.
Hours of enjoyment for under $5
Last week I pulled out window clings and washable window markers for her to try. M2 LOVED them. We started with the clings. I handed her one at a time to put up however she wanted. The puppies and kitties were a hit. Then we got into the markers. Being able to scribble all over the windows entertained her so much that when it was time to stop she had a total fit. Bringing them out again later in the week proved to amuse her just as much. All I had to do was be sure she didn't get marker on anything but the window and if she did, wash it right away.
Serious creation is going on here

We used the Crayola brand window markers. Being Crayola, they are non-toxic and had no smell. These aren't the type you can leave on for long periods. I washed it all off within an hour or two of finishing. The color does come off the easily, even when she got marks on the woodwork and window panes. Cleaning the windows led to lots of smears, though. It took me a few passes and 10 minutes with Windex to get it all cleaned off. The colors also aren't as vibrant as I'd like. You'll notice in the pictures that the marker didn't come off M2's hands as easily. With washing a bit came off then just had to wear off over a few days. I still plan to keep using the markers, especially since M2 loves them. They're just a bit disappointing from an adult perspective. From a kid's view, they're wonderful.  
Ewww, marker hands
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13 comments:

  1. They were never my favorite either... But my son Loved drawing on the glass so much he didn't seem to mind the color seemed so dull. That's kids for ya!

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  2. omg-i've never heard of washable window markers! what an awesome idea. thanks for sharing! (window clings are also a great idea for a snow/rainy day activity, so that you for that one, too. love!)

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  3. So cute and fun! My little guy would love this!

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  4. such a fun craft to do together

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  5. I love the little kitties! What a cute and fun activity :)

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  6. You are such a fun mom!
    I bet she just loves it. And yes it is fun from a kids view!

    I bet my kids would love to do this!

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  7. So cute and easy idea to entertain the kids, have a lovely weekend!

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  8. Oh fun! I always find when my kids can unleash a little creativity, they are happy and play nicely with each other.

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  9. We have them too and our huge patio windows are perfect for creating giant art

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  10. I never thought about drawing on the windows. That would be fun but I am not sure I want to open that door since my kids would then draw on everything.

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  11. This is really cute, My daughter loves the cling stickers, we are now limited to the patio door as all windows have a film on them.

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  12. We have those same markers and my kids love them! They are so easy to clean up too !

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  13. Your little one is so cute! My two are 7 and 10 and can still be entertained for hours with window markers.

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