I try very hard not to be an infomercial on my blog. There are very few products that I have ever mentioned other than E6000 glue and Crayola Dry Erase crayons. (Nope! I don’t work for either company or receive money from them.)
But, here’s something new (new to me anyway) that is a “must have” for any classroom. My niece gave Kalina and K.J. some markers for windows when they were here for spring break. I was a little skeptical, but they had so much fun and were so engaged I didn’t worry about the clean up. Right before they left I gave K.J. a rag and a spray bottle and challenged him to clean the windows. Waa laa!! The markers really did wash off!
If you are a parent, or grandparent, or aunt, or uncle, or anyone who might have children visiting this summer, these markers would provide children with hours of open-ended and fun. I like the "Crystal Effects Window Markers" the best.
As a teacher, here are some other uses for the markers in your classroom:
Write letters, words, numerals, shapes, or anything you want to reinforce on windows or mirrors.
*Let children wear sunglasses and identify the information with a pointer.
Let children practice writing letters, numerals, spelling words, etc. on classroom windows.
* How about rainbow writing? Make giant letters, shapes, words, etc. on windows. Children can take the markers and trace around the figures with different colors.
Use these as a reward or when children finish their work early.
Use the classroom mirror as a message board to write words of encouragement, reminders, or to celebrate accomplishments.
Let children decorate classroom windows holidays, seasons, themes, or other special events.
Write a word or theme and invite children to add their own thoughts to the window.
Children can write their name or a special message when they come to school each morning.
What an open-ended art center this could be throughout the year!
Note! You could even have “window washer” as a classroom job. I found it was best to wipe off the marks with a wet towel before using a window cleaner.