Inside Activity


I am going to begin something new on this blog. I began this blog with the purpose of recording processes, projects and resources. I find books are just another component to that. I have begun cleaning out some things around the home. Our books certainly are one of the things we love and have many of. Plus this way when I am searching my mind for that book "that has that thing about that place and has great examples of stuff" I can refer to it here. Know what I mean? So let's begin.

Press Here by Herve Tullet is a wonderful interactive book for young kids.  

It's a pretty exciting book, so you might want to suggest taking turns when reading it to multiple kids.

This book is a great example of something that gets you immediately invested in what is going to happen with these dots on the page.

This book is also a great introduction to the primary colors yellow, blue and red.

This has become a go to gift giving book for those I am sure don't have it. It does not disappoint!


Like anything in the household sometimes it's nice to have something homemade. In the past I have used glass paint and porcelain paint, but they can have an odor to them. Also, the consistency of the ones I have used has been very thick and difficult to maneuver especially for little hands. I heard about doing this using sharpies and we thought we would take a stab at it. 

You will need:

  • ceramic or porcelain of some kind. we used items we had around the house.
  •  sharpie markers

Begin by washing and drying your object, and plan what you want this to look like. I admit that I didn't give much thought to what these were going to look like. I wanted to just see how the sharpie would hold up during this process.

Once you have colored your chosen areas you are ready to bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I am not sure if this process is food safe, so we stayed away areas that touch the food. 

When the 30 minutes is up carefully pull out of oven and let cool someplace safe before you handle them. It should only take about 30 minute to cool. It's best to hand wash these, but we have tested them in the dishwasher and they have been fine. I imagine the dishwasher will wear down the drawing sooner than hand washing will. We shall see. Enjoy your new custom piece!

Note: Since making these, the one that had a lot of ink on it didn't hold up as well. I assume it's because there was a lot of marker over marker, which made it less stable. Washing by hand helps a lot too.