This challenge is SUPER fun and requires only:
- floor space
- crayons/ pencils or marker pens
- sticky tape
- 15 minutes of uninterrupted play time!
Pop found a book filled with stickers and spontaneously added those to shapes that had been drawn too.
They absolutely LOVED this play time together. I loved how collaborative it was, and the opportunity to explain that it doesn’t matter if your little sister colours over your drawing (oops!)
I noticed how much we talked about what we were doing and that C began to tell stories about the characters and animals as they appeared across the paper. It kept them occupied and engaged for much longer than the “required” 15 minutes and we actually left it out all day, coming back to it frequently and adding to it as the day progressed, which was fun!
Now it’s YOUR turn!
You could put your paper on the wall? over a door? going up the stairs? outside? Whatever or wherever you like!
Could you add play people? cars? trains? animals? Turn it into a small world play experience like this huge interactive town we made in a cardboard box?!
What does YOUR child want to do?!
[Please remember, this is just a play prompt. You are not being asked to replicate any of the ideas exactly from this 30 Day Challenge! We hope to spark an idea for an activity and give an opportunity to try something a bit different each day and the emphasis is very much on having relaxed, good fun and a really engaged play session.]
Let us know what fun ideas you had and adaptations you made by leaving a comment! You can also join the discussion over at The Play Network
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Tomorrow hands on: as we grow will have the challenge for day 8! ( Is it only day 7?! I’m exhausted already!!)
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Rashmie @ MommyLabs says
This is an absolutely fantastic play idea! Loved it to the hilt – so open-ended, collaborative, engaging!
You know what – we are in the middle of something similar today and what a coincidence that your today’s challenge is on the similar lines. I’d be writing about what we have already started playing – on paper, with paint and stuff.
I can’t wait to do this when they wake up!!!! We have a couple of Melissa and Doug rolls we can use!
We LOVE big paper creativity here. There is so much excitement when creating on a large scale…and so much opportunity for play.
Jamie @ hands on : as we grow says
I think this is going to be an all day activity here! I’m going to set this up this morning and see what gets added to it all day long! Fun one!
I have a roll of old fax paper that has been waiting for a use. I keep saying, I will get it out and let the kids draw on it, but it is still in the packaging! Thanks for inspiring me =)
Melissa Taylor says
Love this – you’re always so inspiring!
Brooke @ Let Kids Create says
I am setting this one up this afternoon, I know we’ll have fun with it.
critters and crayons says
We totally did it this morning- fun photos! Will post on my FB Fan page- If there is a place to post photos of our challenge, let me know and I’ll post there, too- 🙂 Super idea!
Thanks Anna – such a great idea, we had so much fun doing it together, managed to very successfully prevent some fractious squabbles escalating late this afternoon. Love you ideas, inspiring as always.
Fleur van Scharenburg says
This was a very nice idea again 🙂 I just wished we had some more wrapping paper. We played for about 45 minutes, but later on I saw Ewan playing with his trains on the paper. I definitely want to do this again (love the interactive town idea), with more paper and more children!
Lesley @early play says
Can’t believe it – we just did this yesterday as it was soooo hot outside in the Australian sun.
Kimira Curic says
Here you go, updates on the last few days of activities done over the weekend
Monika aka Mumonthebrink says
Great idea! How long did you manage to hold their attention with this activity?
Enyo @ Motherhood Looms says
A little late in posting, but here’s our blog post on our altered version of this challenge! http://motherhoodlooms.com/2011/11/day-7-of-toddler-play-finger-paints/ We had a great time. Thanks!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Monika, they just really enjoyed doing it alongside me so it wasn’t hard. But we also left it out all day and they came back to it on and off. By adding blocks, cars, trains and figures it becomes an interactive small world imaginative play. Maybe that could extend the interest for yours?
Thanks for the Mega doodle idea! My daughter really enjoyed it and we had fun!