My kids love a good colouring in session.
I’d rather see my kids drawing and creating freely, not constrained by the ideas or thick black lines of other people. Even so, colouring in has found it’s place in our family, despite my misgivings, but when the big kids asked me to print out some colouring pages on the weekend, I had a better idea.
A long time ago I bookmarked this post from the Artful Parent – Two of our favorites: Leaf drawing and Simon Says
I knew my big kids would love the idea of ‘simon says’ drawing, and indeed they do, but the post gave me another idea and Sunday was the day to try it out.
I braved the crazy hot weather and ventured outside to collect a basket of leaves, some grass and some flowers and bought them inside.
The kids thought I was nuts when I started arranging some leaves on the scanner, but they watched in wonder as the image from the scanner appeared on the screen and was then printed out.
I dumped a collection of images on the table with the markers and twistables and waited to see what would happen.
It didn’t take them long to see all kinds of possibilities from the images I’d created. They drew fairies living under leaf trees and made people out of leaves.
Then we got a little crazy and started scouring the house for flat things we could arrange and scan. We tried wooden mosaic puzzle shapes, glow in the dark stars, threading buttons, string, paper, shells. We even tried putting material over our arrangements to make different backgrounds.
The kids discovered what happened when you let light into the scanner and began creating their own scanned scenes with definite ideas of what they would add later with the markers.
I wonder what else we could scan!?!