The Twinadoes are sick. They are not sick enough to justify doing nothing but sitting on the couch watching DVDs all day, but they are too sick for kinder. So that means that they have been home all week, stuck inside, not well enough to even go to the library, wanting me to entertain them…so by today it was all wearing a bit thin.
I needed something easy but a bit new and different to catch their attention and imaginations and give me fifteen minutes peace to get Muski to sleep. Fifteen minutes of doing something together without fighting. Fifteen minutes of activity that wouldn’t take me an hour to clean up….
Drawing? Hmm how can I make drawing a little bit different and interesting? I got out the boring old crayons and the roll of paper and then it hit me…. I rooolllleeed out the paper into a looooong piece that ran the whole length of the table, set up chairs side by side, the crayons in the middle and told them to draw my a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG BIIIIG picture.
I wandered off to get the small boy to sleep and part of me wondered how long it would be until I had to break up a fight over someone drawing on someone’s bit of the paper…. but to my surprise when I came back ten minutes later they were both drawing side by side making a combined picture of a ‘city’ and ‘roads with a round-a-bout’ It kept them busy for about 30 minutes all up!
I think we will try this again, maybe even look for an even bigger piece of paper or make a really long one rolled across the floor. In summer it would be great hung along the fence to paint on… oh the ideas are endless…. but importantly this version was quick, easy, different, and interesting, so give it a try!