Marker Set Storage

Crayola Markers in plastic bags in a tubCray­ola Mark­ers are my go-to prod­uct when I want a les­son with bright col­ors and easy clean-up.  Last year I exper­i­mented with Crayola’s “wash­able” mark­ers and now I’m sold on them!  Most wash­able prod­ucts don’t have the qual­ity I look for, but these are dif­fer­ent.  The col­ors are clean and bright, and my expe­ri­ence has been that they’re “juicier” and last longer than the reg­u­lar ones typ­i­cally do.  Cray­ola mark­ers have a ver­sa­tile tip that will give you a nice fine line if you hold it straight up and down, or a broad line if you angle it a bit.  And the wash­able ones can even give you a fun water­color effect if you paint over them with a damp brush.

The first thing I do when I buy new mark­ers is lose the boxes!  The boxes make it too hard to tell if all the mark­ers are in there when stu­dents put them away, and the boxes fall apart quickly any­way.  I pre­fer to use quart size Hefty brand freezer bags to store each set.  I train my stu­dents to always put them back in the bag with the col­ored caps at the bot­tom.  This way, you can quickly count to make sure you’ve got all twelve, and if you’ve acci­den­tally picked up some­one else’s marker, it’s easy to see that you’ve got two of the same color.

Then, I always store the bags of mark­ers in a plas­tic tub, stand­ing up with the caps at the bot­tom.  This keeps the ink at the tips and ready to go!  They seem to last a lot longer this way.  The com­bi­na­tion of the wash­able (juicier) mark­ers and stor­ing them caps-down has really made a dif­fer­ence in how well they still work by the end of the year!

You might be won­der­ing about the blue tape on each marker.… Because my school doesn’t cur­rently have an Art Room, I go from room to room (to room!) to teach Art.  I use blue painter’s tape to iden­tify my sup­plies so they don’t get mixed in with the sup­plies in the class­room, or in a student’s desk.  It always seems like a lot of extra work when I’m doing this, but the pay­back is great!  All year long I get mark­ers and glue sticks returned to me that are found after I leave the class­room.  I’d prob­a­bly have noth­ing left by the end of the year if I didn’t do this!  A lit­tle extra work at the begin­ning of the year makes a big dif­fer­ence all year long!

 What are your favorite stor­age solu­tions for your supplies?





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10 Responses to Marker Set Storage

  1. fifi August 30, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    clever idea! love it! I will use it !

  2. hope knight August 30, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    smart. mine are loose in a bin, which is super easy for fast cleanup, but the tops tend to come off in the jum­ble. i may give this a try…

  3. Mrs.C August 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Genius! I love the painters tape! I always buy Cray­ola! They are by far the best I have found out there for color and last­ing power. I always buy them in the large class packs and they get put into table buck­ets when we need them. I wish i had seen your zip lock idea when I was on a cart! It makes col­lect­ing them so much faster and eas­ier! Thanks for shar­ing your idea! :)

  4. Jen August 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    That’s awe­some! I’ve been using the Mr. Sketch mark­ers (not the smelly ones, too many col­ored noses!) because that’s what the art teacher before me used, but this year I did order a Cray­ola class pack of mark­ers, crayons and col­ored pen­cils. This year I am using tote bins for each table in my room that are color coded to the tables…I have a pen­cil box for each tote that holds 4 pen­cils, erasers and 2 pen­cil sharp­en­ers. The bin also holds 2 Elmer’s Glue bot­tles and 4 glue sticks. I’ve been try­ing to fig­ure out how to eas­ily be able to add mark­ers to the mix and this tech­nique will be per­fect! It will be easy to add the mark­ers to the bin and take them out later when we won’t be using them in class! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Just Jenn September 3, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I use those small metal buck­ets you can get at the dol­lar spot at Tar­get to store sets of mark­ers and such, easy for the kids to pull off the shelf, and one bucket per table. It has to be Cray­ola, they really do last the longest, even if not stored tips down.

  6. Maria September 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    An idea that may be faster than painters tape is to use nail pol­ish of a cer­tain color and paint it on the ends.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge September 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      I used nail pol­ish to label my keys a few years ago and it worked great — it’s still on there! But for sup­plies I still like the painter’s tape since it doesn’t require any dry-time, and it’s bold and easy to spot. Plus, I have every­one at my school trained to rec­og­nize the blue-taped sup­plies as being mine! But for some­one just start­ing out, this may be a great option. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Patty Palmer September 20, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    This is a bril­liant tip. BRILLIANT!! I’m re-organizing my mark­ers today.
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  8. Jeanette Rengel September 20, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    I get the chil­dren to sup­ply the cray­ola mark­ers in their book lists , along with art­line black texta pens of vaious sizes –per­ma­nent and water­based , 2 b pen­cils cray­ola wind ups wax crayons soft chalk pas­tels oil pas­tels etc , each yr group brings in a dif­fer­ent num­ber of basic art suplies , These are col­lected up put into a gen­eral pool for the art room and the chil­dren and par­ents are told that we share them with our class mates etc. saves approx­i­mately $3–4000 dol­lars a year but also avail­able for class teach­ers to bor­row for projects they may do etx­tra on top of our art room lessons .
    also just came across a new set of mark­ers called Mega mark­ers by Micador that are indus­tructible water based and do the water colour effect with. . can bang them down hard on the point and it does not lose its point. dont know if they are avail­able in the USA. have them in Australia.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge September 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

      Great idea to have the fam­i­lies con­tribute sup­plies for the Art Room! I’ll have to look for those markers…

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