Monday, September 18, 2006

We Are Having Directional Difficulties

Seems I need to invest in larger pieces of paper.
~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P


Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Thank goodness for washable crayons. Just need to move the child about six inches to the left. How about using newspapers? Paper grocery bags?

I've only recently been able to get Ian to stop eating the crayons. I wonder if there's a mineral in those things his body is craving.

9/18/2006 04:53:00 p.m.  
Blogger Anne V said...

What? It's not supposed to look like that?

Washable markers are one of the best inventions ever!

9/18/2006 05:24:00 p.m.  
Blogger lara said...

quick story: one of my charges, dylan, was three and was fond of saying, "uh-oh, that's okay" whenever an accident occurred - product of hearing it from so many adults, i imagine. one day, in the car, i turned around to see that he'd found a pen somewhere and had drawn *all over* the upholstery and the car door. i said, "DYLAN!" he dropped the pen quickly and said, this time in an uncertain voice, "uh-oh, that's okay?" i said, "no, dyl, this is not okay..." then we had a long talk about why drawing on people's cars is not okay.

man, they can be so quick with drawing utensils - you look away for just a moment... :-P

9/18/2006 05:44:00 p.m.  
Blogger kimmyk said...


9/18/2006 08:44:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lady M said...

Oh dear. And I just bought Q's first box of crayons. "Washable." Are they really?

9/18/2006 09:44:00 p.m.  
Blogger MommyOutOfControl said...

Thank goodness for Mr. Clean Magic even gets permanent marker out of wood! Seriously, I don't know what I would do without them, my little budding artist is a fiend with any writing utensil.

9/19/2006 02:14:00 a.m.  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

Plastic table mats?

We don't always have washable paints/crayons/pens because we just get whatever we can lay our hands on for free, but plastic table clothes save the table from colouring, painting, food, drink & others questionable substances:-)

9/19/2006 02:57:00 a.m.  
Blogger Katherine said...

Comet always works wonders for me. That and large spreads of newspaper under the drawing paper.

9/19/2006 07:19:00 a.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

Woops! Directionally challenged, indeed...

9/19/2006 10:21:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

MamacitaTina: Those are Nigel's pudgy little hands, who has also only just barely outgrown the "rainbow smile" stage of crayon enjoyment.

AnneV: I love the rich colour of markers, but they dry out so quickly, especially around here. Crayons, as long as they're not being ingested, last much longer. (The red and purple markers don't really wash out, though, do they?)

Kari: Your poor car! It just takes a sec, and when you have a bunch of them around the table, there's always somebody who isn't under direct supervision at any one time. In this case, though, I was in the other room. I could see his back and hear him chatter, but I couldn't really see the table top. Obviously.

KimmyK: Oops, indeed.

LadyM: It may sound bizarre, but I've never tried "washable" crayons! Markers, yes. Crayons, no. So you'll have to tell me!

Mommyoutofcontrol: I've heard of those things, but never used them. Everyone raves, though, so maybe I should invest in one or two! (PERMANENT marker? Yeesh.)

JugglingMother: Well, it's a thought, but I'm lazy. Plastic table mats are just one more thing to wash. And store someplace. I love this table because it's a huge slab of wood that is nice enough to look at, but durable enough to deal with whatever the daycare throws at it (or throws up on it).

Katherine: I think comet would take the finish off the table, though, wouldn't it? I used a generic, all-purpose spray cleaner, a couple of paper towels, and a little elbow grease. It came out. (Probably because I refinished the table last year!)

Kristen: I forgot how young he is. When I corrected him, he looked genuinely surprised. Of course, he's very smart: that could have been an act.

9/19/2006 03:04:00 p.m.  
Blogger KTP said...

my kitchen table looks like that - with pencil.

9/19/2006 06:33:00 p.m.  

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