Today I get to bring you a review for a homeschool essential, markers. I have never met someone who doesn’t own markers who also has kids. Let’s face it, besides crayons, markers tend to be the go to product for arts and crafts with kids. Sure kids love to paint but most of the time they can’t or parents don’t want them to, paint on their own. Markers are generally something you can hand to your kid and let them go to town with whatever creative project they have dreamed up. So when I heard about Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc I just had to give them a shot.
When I got these markers in I knew instantly what we were going to start doing with these markers. Make a science experiment! Ha, I know I can see you either laughing or questioning. Why in the world would I make a science experiment for the kids to try instead of coming up with an art project? Well, these markers come with a 7 day cap off guarantee that they will still work. So I decided to take them up on their claim and see if it holds true. Never in a million years would I have ever imagined I would be teaching science to my kids through markers, but that is exactly what happened.
One thing I remember learning from my high school chemistry class was about constants and variables to experiments. If you are not sure what I am talking about, here is a quick lesson. Constants are things that will stay the same throughout your experiment. Variables are things that can or might change during the experiment, usually things out of your control. Based on teaching my kiddos this information we talked through and make a chart showing the constants in our experiment and the variables. Here are a couple of examples of what they came up with.
- Caps will stay off for the full 7 days
- Using the same color every day on our chart
- Marking our chart at the same time everyday
- Sunlight coming in the room
- Temperature of the room because of weather outside
- How dry the air in the house is, because of what the weather outside
Just this talk alone really got them thinking more about how they conduct science experiments. Not just this one, but all experiments going forward. So after our talk we decided to pick 4 markers to use for the experiment. We also decided that at 8pm the kids would use each of the four markers to draw a simple line in a box on our chart. After the seven days we would be able to see if the markers were still working but also see if the colors were fading.
After the full seven days all four of the markers were working great!
Not only were all four markers working but they had not faded either. They looked just as vibrant as the day we opened them! So when the experiment was over it was time to do some art projects with them. Honestly I am not that creative when it comes to art. This is where the internet is my friend. I did some searching and found many projects that all use markers but I boiled it down to our favorites. The top pick was to make a paper snowflake like printing.
To do this we used foam plates we got at our local dollar store. We cut out the center of each plate and then cut them again into whatever shape we wanted for our picture.
We then took either the back of the scissors or a staple puller to make designs on our foam shape. When we were happy with our design we colored in our designs. When they were fully covered in color, used the foam like a stamp and stamped them onto a piece of fingerpaint paper. We kept recoloring our “stamp” and carefully placed it right next to the first stamp we made.
When we made a full circle with our triangle shaped stamps we were done. This creates what looks like a painted paper snowflake, or in art terms, symmetry art. For never doing a craft like this before our pictures came out great. More importantly, we ALL had a blast.(Hey don’t judge; no matter how old you are markers are still fun.).
So what do we think about these markers? All three of us loved these markers! Here are a few of the reasons we will be looking into other products they offer.
- The markers glide across the page almost like painting. None of that typical squeaking noise others have.
- The colors are so vivid.
- The size of the markers is perfect. Not too small, not too big, just right.
- They come in a great case. No more cardboard box that doesn’t last.
There was only one negative if you will, and honestly I’m not sure how much of a negative it really is. The markers claim to be washable. So after we finished our project I took pictures of the kids hands before they washed and after. While a lot of the ink did come out, not all of it did.
There was some ink that got on our table as well that did not come out fully after scrubbing. I did not test these on fabric so maybe that is where they claim they are washable. However these markers worked really well. They had such bright vivid colors that I am okay with them not being fully washable. My kids now know that they have to be a bit more careful when they are using these.
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