years ago, before blogs became so popular, I had an endless and disorganized "bookmark" system on my computer filled with preschool and kindergarten teaching websites. I saw a post where someone had filled a margarine or yogurt tub with plaster of paris and then set the lids of the markers in to dry. It was great, but not very "cute" and I needed cute in my classroom.
From there, I saw another teacher site (again, it was maybe 7 or 8 years ago so I'm sorry I don't remember who to send you to) a woman who had a system similar to the one I have up above. If you know the site, please comment so I can put a link to their site!
Anyhow, is an easy DIY project to store your markers that you can whip up for your classroom from scrap wood, a drill, a spade (if that's what you call it), and a hammer. Hot Glue is optional.
I started with a few scrap pieces of 1 x 4 and 1 x 2 wood. You could use whatever wood you have at home. Most people have something laying around in their basement or garage. Drill holes in the wood using one of these. I THINK you call them a spade but I'm not sure.
The small one is for the Crayola Original Fine Line Markers, and the large one is for the Crayola Original Broad Line Markers.
When you drill the holes, the cap won't fit in unless you hammer it. This is important because you want a super tight fit. I've used two of these in my kindergarten classroom for the past seven years and a lid has NEVER popped out. When the markers run out, you simply replace the markers and use the new lids for something else (I always threw them in the craft centre).
So, go from this
Some little people might not have the strength in their hands to pull the markers off the base. If this is the case, simple SIT the markers in the appropriate lid. The colours do NOT dry out if they are just sitting there. When I use them for my charts, I put one hand on the base and pull the marker out. I love these and so have my kindergarteners!