This is our go to rainy day activity and the best part is, the mat only cost me $1! I love finding uses or coming up with craft ideas with items I can purchase at our local dollar store.
Dry Erase Mat Kids Activity
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Even if your local dollar store doesn’t carry the clear shower curtain liners you can still purchase them at Wal-Mart or Target for a couple dollars. Simply tape the edges to your floor, let your child draw on their their new dry erase mat, and wipe off when they’re done then it’s ready for you to use again. Ours wiped right off with a wet towel, after my son was done doodling and making roads for his cars. In the picture above we used a clear shower curtain liner and a cheap white liner underneath so he could see what he was drawing because we were outside, otherwise when we are inside my kitchen floors are white so it’s no problem!
As for a mess, there was none! But if you’re worried about having one just have your child put on some old clothes for this activity, hang the shower curtain liner up, or lay it on a table to draw on. The markers dry so fast and only wiped off if the towel was wet. If you try wiping with a dry towel you have to scrub at it a bit but if you wet the towel before you wipe it off everything wipes off clean! So my son was mess free and so are my floors!
Another idea that we’ve used with a shower curtain was creating a giant play mat for my toddlers cars. I bought one of the plain white shower curtain liners then used black permanent marker to draw the roads and tape it to the floor for him to play!
** I thought I should add to this because there were some people concerned about the marker rubbing off on their child’s clothing. However my son had no residue from the markers on him after drawing. The markers wipe off with a wet towel, not on the dry clothing.
What are some of your favorite activities reusing everyday items?