We have had a “textas-are-to-be-used-only-at-the-dining-table” rule ever since our last experience with a briefly unsupervised 2 year old, an Artline permanent black marker and a latte macro suede lounge.
Apparently that rule was broken today. By yet another unsupervised 2 year old (younger brother of aforementioned unsupervised 2 year old) who I thought was angellically watching Play School with this middle size brother.
On the up-side, this one was, thankfully, only wielding a washable green marker and seemed intent only on graffiti-ing (is that a word?) his own body parts.
So given the obvious improvement in damage control (ie washable marker vs permanent marker, damage to washable little legs vs unwashable fancy-pants-lounge) I’m going to call this a win for my mothering skills. OK, it’s a stretch, but I’m still callin’ it …
Few things make my heart sing more than colouring in with my kids. It truly is one of my favourite past times. Much to my delight, my 2 year old has just started showing lots of interest in colouring, so he and my middle sized have spent the day tucked in out of the rain and adding colour to the quirky illustrations from the fabulous scrufnuts colouring books
It’s looking like an unusually cold and wet weekend ahead for many of us so I thought I’d share a few of our favourite colouring pages. If you’d like to download them, simply click on the image and then print from the page.
courtesy of dover publications
Other stuff you might love …
french colouring book – polka dots
french colouring book – cuties
honeysticks beeswax crayons
We have been having lots of fun with this terribly simple idea this week. Simply tape texta pens, pencils or crayons to your favourite vehicles and get driving around a sheet of paper.
This idea was sure to be a winner in our household combining the boys love for cars and my love for drawing!
This is (was) a piece of black and white wrapping paper I had bought for $4.95 and tucked away in “THE cupboard” because I just loved the design.
Little did I know it would come in so handy during our first school holidays. It started with the first “I’m bored” from Dodo. We sat down together with the paper and our favourite pencils and started colouring. We left it out on the table and every time he said “I’m bored” he was to sit down and colour more. We both love colouring in so it really just became a little game.
It’s still a work in progress but when it’s done I am going to scan it and print it on a canvas. I reckon it will be a beautiful and terribly original reminder of our first school holidays together and our mutual love of colour and creating.
If you are bracing yourself for a long couple of weeks of “I’m bored” you might like some of these favourite boredom buster colouring ideas all from our little store …
clockwise from top left:
seedling (new zealand) – my little book of BIG ideas $9.95
seedling (new zealand) – jumbo pastel pencils $19.95
djeco (france) – velvet colouring cards (you cant go outside the lines! great for learners) $9.95
french “colour your own” doll range – available in fox, robot or princess from $24.95