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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Guest Post: Leaving a Colorful Mark with Your Kids

For those of you who are single dads or moms, sometimes it’s difficult to find something to do with your kids that they find appealing, especially if they’ve reached those formative teen years when it’s no longer “cool” to go shopping with your dad or take a walk together with mom.

If you don’t have kids but have nieces or nephews, you may find yourself looking for something new and fun to do with them from time to time as well.

One family activity I’ve found that’s fun for both me and my kids (and for kids of all ages) is drawing on a window or mirror with window markers. I have a 9-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy and every now and then, usually on a special event like a birthday or major holiday, we’ll break out the washable window markers and have a blast together drawing a mural on our large, sliding-glass patio door. There’s something liberating about drawing on a window – it goes against everything you know about what one should be doing with a window – and that’s the attraction for kids as well.

Window markers work great on mirrors, too. Sometimes my girlfriend or kids will leave notes to one another on the bathroom mirror with our markers. Not only does it make for some creative decorating in a room that could sometimes use some sprucing up, it’s also nice to wake up to a pleasant drawing or a fun note on the mirror in the morning.

You can surprise your child (or let them surprise you) with a painted mirror in the bedroom or bathroom for special occasions – like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or Father’s Day.

There are many brands of window markers available on the market – you can find them online or at your local store. I’ve tried several brands and I prefer Crayola. Crayola window markers tend to leave the most vibrant colors on glass, don’t fade easily over time, and are a snap to clean up when the time comes (inexpensive glass cleaner and some paper towels are all that’s needed).

Window markers are great for children of all ages, helping them use their imagination in new and exciting ways. So take some time out from your busy schedule to leave a colorful mark with your kids – you’ll be surprised at the creative results!

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