Monday, June 27, 2011

Bingo Markers: They're Not Just for Old Ladies Anymore

This was totally random. But, one day while at CVS, I found this pile of old and dusty, really gross looking plastic bags containing Bingo markers--the liquid stuff that you can dab perfect circles onto Bingo boards with. They had big fat "50% off" tags on them, and so, naturally, they became mine. Even sweeter, these items were so old and random that they didn't even show up in the register's database. So, the friendly check-out guy gave me four bags of them for $2.00.

I wasn't really sure what I'd use them for, but I knew one day I'd be glad to have them. That day came last week. We were bored and uninspired. I took out the bingo dot makers and some white paper and left my kids alone to create. I wasn't sure what I would find. But I was impressed in the end.


Although Vance mostly made a series of random dots, he went back and turned a couple of them into spiders.

And while Fifi's dots also started out random, she connected the red dots by a running line that I think makes the piece quite inviting.

I'm definitely pushing myself more to step back and let the kids do their own thing. And I've discovered that is the secret to pleasant surprises.

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