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Lesson Plans

Re: Supplies

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 22:24:32 -1000

Someone placed a post a few months back about which art supplies were the
least green (worst for ecological reasons). Seeing markers on the list
really got me thinking. Markers by far have the shortest life of any art
material. They dry out fast because kids are lousey at keeping the caps on
tightly. When they're used up they become nothing more than another
plastic container that ends up in a land fill. Markers are relatively
new--they didn't exist when I was a kid in the 60's (except for the
teacher's big thick, stinky magic marker) , yet today every kid in every
classroom gets a new set at least once a year as REQUIRED materials for

Since every child has them and already uses them throughout the day, why
not be a little more creative in the art class and try oil pastels or soft
colored pencils?

After saying all that, I would like to add that the best, longest lasting
markers I've found are the Sanford scented markers which come in sets of 6,
12, and 18. They also make fine tipped ones called Fiddle Sticks. The
kids get a kick out of the smell too and I never found anyone trying to eat
them as some people have warned.