Buy Your Kids a Pack of Postcards

You may be at the point of this couch potato pandemic where you need to make a little change of supplies for your child’s creativity. Maybe they’ve already blown through every sheet of heavy paper in the house, or maybe you’re tired of magically erasing surfaces where markers have seeped through paper that is too thin. If so, then it’s time to tackle the big issues, which is what we mean, “Give your kids a bunch of cardboard.”

Writer and mother Kate Flame explains the hack in this very clever tweet :

Flaim’s words are wise. Cards are ideal paper for kids to draw or create on. It is not flimsy: it does not tear and withstands even the most saturated markers. Plus, it stacks easily and neatly after a few sheets have been scattered around the living room during the day.

The strength of Cardstock also makes it a good candidate for a variety of creative uses: it can serve as a “Stay Away!” the sign propped up in front of their pillow fortress. It can form numbered squares, which they glue to the floor for their home games of classics . It can be cut into any number of play accessories: a sun to hang for an indoor picnic, a sword for a duel by siblings, or business cards for a new “store” or “art gallery” they open in their bedroom.

Flaim links to this listing on Amazon (currently $ 12.29 for 300 white sheets), but you can find it in any office supply store in a variety of colors. “Thick cardboard,” says the description , “for everyday use and for special occasions.”

Is a pandemic considered a special event? You know that it is.

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