Monday, March 18, 2013

For the Kid Who Touches Everything #LysolHandSoapContest

Do your kids get their hands into everything?  The mud, the muck, the gum under the theatre seat? Do you have to fight with them to get them to wash their hands? Maybe a little entertainment value in their soap might help ...

You know the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser? Just like soap and paper towel dispensers in public washrooms, this dispenser works by means of a sensor that tells it when ready hands are in place. This keeps the dispenser clean and avoids cross-contamination from germy hands touching a soap pump or bar of soap. Plus, kids seem to dig the automatic aspect. Little Boo thinks it's pretty cool to have the soap "know" he needs it.

Well, to make these dispensers even more entertaining, Lysol is hosting a contest on their Facebook page, asking fans to decorate one of these Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispensers for a chance to win a mini tablet each day  for 21 days, starting March 19! You can upload a picture of your or your kids' creation now, and share the image with friends and families to solicit their votes. A panel of judges will choose a winner each day, on the basis of fun, creativity, originality, fit with the Lysol brand (i.e., that the magic sensor isn't blocked and people can still wash their hands with the dispenser), and number of votes received. Contest runs until April 8, and is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Full rules and regulations can be found here.

Little Boo and I took the opportunity to try out our own creativity with the dispenser. We have a rather extensive collection of craft supplies collected over the years, so I gathered a bunch of options and asked for his ideas.
Googly eyes, stickers, foam sheets, ribbons, markers, glue, and more were presented. I like to give him lots of options so his creativity can run wild.

After some discussion, he decided on an Easter theme, given the season. His first step was to add an Easter Bunny. We had a stack of foam bunny shapes, but they were too big, so we cut the body off and just used the head :) Little Boo drew on a face with marker. He opted out of the googly eyes, which isn't like him.
I held the bunny while the glue dried. (The clear glue we used was quite slippery, so this required the holding to avoid bunny working his way down to the table.) We were careful to fit the piece up under the sensor without covering it. Oh! And LB glued on a little mirror disc as well. Maybe to check himself out while he washed?

Stickers are always a good (and easy) choice for decorating. We had a book of Easter ones perfect for this craft. LB went for the sparkly as opposed to the matte options.
And here's his finished masterpiece! I think he did a great job on the bunny face, and this is now our first official Easter decoration, sitting next to our kitchen sink. 
And, speaking of the kid who touches everything, he naturally had to make a goofy face for the camera, and in his mouth the fingers went. Glue, markers, and all. Sigh.

So, sound like a fun craft to do with your kids? Head on over to the Lysol Facebook page for all the details. You can also enter without purchasing a dispenser by downloading a template from the page, which you can print and decorate, then scan or photograph to submit. And! Important to note, for licensing reasons, all contest entries must refrain from including images from other brands, cartoons, movies, etc. All the details are laid out on the contest page.

Have fun! Happy crafting! And best of luck!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Kid Who Touches Everything blog tour by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Lysol. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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