Some paper play

Two activities we tried just recently that involved paper and washable markers had a 50% success rate!

The one that didn’t really work (for us) but is such a cool idea and with better preparations perhaps and maybe just an older toddler and not both it might be loads of fun… Maybe…

Anyway – here it is in case it is perfect for your little one.

Drawing with cars

The idea is to stick a marker to a little matchbox car (or something similar) and draw with the car (or race the cars…?). I saw it here and couldn’t wait to try it out. But after a busy morning of swimming lessons, then some shopping and post office run the boys were a little irritable so I decided on a whim to give this a go. This meant I was trying to set up the cars with their markers attached and the paper to draw on with two little helpers! It would have been so good to have it all set up like this

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As you can see, by the end they were just using the markers and then they both drew all over themselves with the (thankfully washable) markers! And they didn’t spend a great deal of time on this activity – it just didn’t take their interest.. But we tried it!

The next one I tried a few days ago and absolutely loved it. It is paper towel drawing with a twist. I saw it here (one of my favourite craft blogs)

You need:
Paper towel
Washable markers (they have to be washable for the effect of this craft)
Water
A paintbrush

Let your little one draw on the paper towel and try to fill up as much of the towel with as many colours as you can.
Then let them paint the towel with the brush dipped in water.
The colours will bleed and create an awesome effect!

The photos don’t do it justice (and I have no action shots – just the end result)

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I’ll be doing this one again as it’s quick, easy, not messy and I think the artwork is so lovely – could be framed and hung or put underneath the glass top on our outdoor dining table!

Farewell for now, but I’m already looking forward to my next blog post which is an activity I’m creating for a busy bag swap – if you haven’t heard of it, check it out here

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