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….
Hmm how can I make drawing a little bit different and interesting? Then I got an idea…
I got out the boring old crayons and the roll of paper and then I rooolllleeed it out into a looooong piece that ran the whole length of the table. I set up chairs side by side, put the crayons in the middle and told them to draw me a really BIG, really LONG, 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!
Using a BIG piece of paper is such a simple change to the regular drawing routine, but it has a big impact. It encouraged my girls to work together, gave them a different space and a different perspective for their drawing. And most importantly it was quick and easy to set up… so why not give it a try!