Need a way to distract your child for 15 minutes? Let them color on your table with marker! Yes, you heard me right! If you have a glass or tile-topped table, that is! And if the markers are dry erase.
I gave my three year-old a couple of dry erase markers and an eraser (naturally! erasing is his favorite part) and he happily scribbled on our patio table for quite awhile. Naturally, I accompanied this activity with an explanation of “only with these markers, and only on this table.” You will use your best judgment of whether or not your child is ready for this activity or not! I know you don’t want permanent marker all over your furniture.
Dry erase marker wipes easily off glass and tile (not sure about grout, though, so if you have a tile table, test it out before you give your child free reign).
Heather Mann is a regular contributor at Make and Takes. She’s is the mother of two boys under age 3, and another boy on the way. She publishes Dollar Store Crafts, a daily blog devoted to hip crafting at dollar store prices, CROQ Zine, a print magazine devoted to hip crafting, and also CraftFail, a community blog that encourages crafters to share their not-so-successful craft attempts.