Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Invisible Ink Edition

If your kids are anything like mine, you're likely to have quite a few invisible ink pens laying around your house. Often times the activity books from whence they came are long gone, yet by some inexplicable mommy frugality impulse, you've hung on to the pens because...well, you just never know... (I promise my house is not a hoarder house! It isn't, it isn't I tell you! But, what is strange camera crew doing outside my window?!)

Anyway, moving on. If you find yourself with er, more than a couple of purposeless invisible ink pens lying around, weep no more. Now is your opportunity to eliminate all of that guilt for keeping them, because...(cue dramatic music):


Yep, you read that right. With a little luck and creativity, chances are all (or at least some!) of your different invisible ink pens will combine together to create an invisible message and decoder set!! And it's actually very cool and fun. :) Er, let me re-phrase: if you're a nerd with no life like me it's actually very cool and fun.

Here's what you do: Grab a piece of paper and get scribbling, keeping track of which pen is which. Once you've done all of your scribbling, scribble OVER your initial scribbles with each of the pens. You'll probably find that many of them react together! (Just don't ask me the science behind how or why these react together because I have no clue as to how this inky magic happens!) And hopefully none of these strange concoctions create weird and toxic compounds to the affect of mixing ammonia with bleach lol!

Lo and behold your hoarding er, frugal impulses have a purpose! You've CREATED a cool new toy for your kids to play with! In an instant your bored and sullen children have been thrust into the exciting world agents and spies with top secret decoding missions! There are bombs to diffuse! There are lives to save! There are...ok, ok I'll stop. :) But seriously, I was excited (probably more so than I should've been) when I discovered this neat little trick. Anyway, give it a try! It worked for me. :)

Raising Homemakers


  1. What a great little trick! I am going to have to give this a try. My kids like to play detectives, or secret spies and this will be a great added tool to their game. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. @Mommy of 3

    So glad to share the tip! I was (abnormally!) excited when I discovered this. Hope you have a "winning" combo! :)



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