How many of these have you found lying around your room?
Dried up markers with the lid just a few inches away. It's hard enough getting the kids to put the lids back on. But even if I can do that, they don't push down hard enough and the lids just end up falling back off again.
So we sing a little song to the tune of London Bridge. Sing along:
Put the lid back on the marker, on the marker, on the marker...
Put the lid back on the marker, until it goes
We sing it everytime the kids use the markers. And they love listening for the click. Even in May, I would catch them listening for the click.
It also works with these:
...although the click is not as clicky. We sing the song anyway (substituting gluestick for marker, of course)--the kids get the point. Just one more little trick to make our lives easier!