We have a box of packing paper (large sheets of plain newsprint) that’s been sitting in our garage for a long time and I really just got tired of shuffling it around, so I decided to put it to use.
We were working on a craft at our school table last week that required the use of liquid glue and paint, so I covered the entire table with sheets of this paper – taping down the edges where they hung over the table. This idea would work with those large rolls of butcher/drawing paper also.
After we completed our art project, while the children were playing independently in other rooms, I drew and colored this very simple, yet large tree on the paper (pretend all those pencil drawings aren’t there yet!) and left the crayons out for them.
When the children came back downstairs to the school room and saw the tree, they immediately began creating the rest of the scene. I gave no instruction on this project, just let their imaginations take over and this is how it now looks several days later.
The finalized scene includes a squirrel family hiding nuts for winter, a flock of geese flying south for winter, chipmunks climbing in the tree, a house with people in it and kids outside having a snowball fight!!
There is such creativity in those minds if you can figure out a way to bring it out. Apparently this is a great way for my boys (mostly Jacob) to express his creativity and love of drawing.
I’m already thinking up ideas of things to draw once I take this off and put new paper on the table – I’m thinking a pirate ship will be next.
What would you draw that you think would bring out the creativity in your kids?
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday