Not helping the cause.

August 13, 2010


Well, it’s that time again when I demolish my classroom and try to reassemble it in an orderly fashion. This year has been the best because we had two workdays (plus the weekend) to accomplish the task, plus we had a few college students around to do all the stuff that would keep me there until the wee hours. Hooray!

Here was a little hiccup: I bought a bunch of the $1 packs of markers at Wal-Mart. (It is the absolute best deal ever – all school supplies are so dang cheap!) They look so delightful in the box- so full of juicy, not-dried-out-because-the-children-don’t-put-the-caps-back-on goodness.

Oh, the promise!

Plus, these are made from recycled plastic! That is so awesome! I have big eco-guilt for using markers, since they’re not at all recyclable. These are going to be great!

Um….. do you see the problem here?

I forgot brown.

Identical barrels? No no no no no no no. This will never do! Preschoolers will use these! They are not good with caps! No marker will ever have the right cap if we go with this system. Honestly, Crayola – could you not put a dot of color somewhere on the barrel?

Sure, you can tell yellow, but grey looks an awful lot like blue, doesn’t it? Orange is orange now, but give it a couple days and it will look like all the others – kind of muddied. This is no good.

Ahhh - pointy new marker tips.

So, we came up with our own solution. Now every time we get out new markers, it’ll be more work for the teachers. Thanks, Crayola. Thanks a bunch.

Paper and tape.  Just a little more waste in the landfill.

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6 Responses to “Not helping the cause.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t gotten my markers for this year yet, and I think those unmarked black barrels would be hard for anyone to use, including middle schoolers. I guess I will be getting Roseart or Cra-Z-Art.


  2. Deborah Said on:

    Thanks for letting me know about this. One more thing to do.


  3. Beth Said on:

    I will post from experience having two kids who use markers…who are 3 and 5…

    And YES! Dang it Crayola! What were you thinking??? Preschoolers, and School agers, and Middle schoolers and MOMS for goodness sake, use your markers! What the what!?!?!?

    Bad move Crayola.


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Moms and teachers were certainly not consulted in this project. Shame on Crayola.


  5. Peggy Said on:

    I haven’t bought markers in a while…the last ones I have still have the white tubes with colored swirls. I am aghast! Honestly! Anyone should have known what a dumb move this is. Crayola, I used to love you, you were my one & only…but now….


  6. Karla Said on:

    Good fix! But bad planning on Crayola’s part… Did you contact them? I think you should.


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