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It’s first day of Summer and as anyone with a two year old knows, we’ll be spending plenty of time outside this season! What is it about the fresh air and the grass underneath their toes that transforms a cranky kid? Sometimes a house, no matter how big it is, just can’t contain the energy of a two year old!
One of our new favorite outdoor activities is painting on our awesome outdoor easel that my sister made Max for his second birthday. (She’s beyond cool, right? My sisters rock.) The kids love getting as messy as they want with it and I love how easy it is to clean up. Nothing like hosing down all the kids and the easel at the same time!
I was recently sent of box of DecoArt Team Spirit Writers (window markers) to try out (as well as some People Paint markers but more on that later!) and I knew instantly that they would be put to good use on the outdoor easel. The kids have enjoyed using different types of art making mediums on the easel (finger paint, paintbrushes, dry erase markers and crayons) and I was excited to give them one more option.
I tested the Team Spirit Writers with Max and his cousin and they worked like a charm! They were really excited about all the different color choices they had and with a little bit of practice they were even able to work the cap on and off all by themselves. Total necessity when you had a crazy picture taking mama following them around!
Of course, I checked to make sure the paint was water-based and non-toxic but as with all art supplies and skin sensitivities, adult supervision is a good idea. Heck, while you’re supervising, make your own art! They’re super fun to play with. 🙂
Of course, you don’t have to have an Outdoor Easel to enjoy making outdoor art with Team Spirit Writers, a window would work just as well and since the markers are made to paint on car windows, would clean up just as easily! If, however, you’re totally crushing on an Outdoor Easel of your own…Come by on Monday when I’ll have the full tutorial on how to make an Outdoor Easel with downloadable plans and everything!
And since today is the first day of Summer, how about a Splash Cash Giveaway?! Tried & True has paired up with some really amazing blogs to bring you an awesome giveaway where one lucky reader will win $1200 to use any way you want! Twelve hundred bucks would buy a ton of popsicles this Summer. 😀
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Prize: One winner will receive $1200 USD in funds via PayPal. Talk about summer fun!
Rules: Contest is open from June 20, 2013 at 11:59PM EST to July 11, 2013 at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. The odds of winning depend on the number of people who enter. Giveaway is open worldwide to all participants 18 years of age and older. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Should they not claim their prize within this time, another winner will be selected. Please ensure that the email spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com is on your “safe list” as we would hate for you not to get your prize!
Disclosure: This is an independent blogger giveaway. It is in no way associated with PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social media network. I did not receive money to be part of or promote this giveaway. Should you have any questions, please contact Stephanie at Spaceships and Laser Beams via email at spaceshipshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com.
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