Recycling your child’s drawing/painting/scribbling art

My older daughter made her first scribbling when she was just over 11 months old. Since the time she picked up her first pencil and a piece of paper her love for coloring, scribbling, painting and drawing started. She hasn’t become a child artist, she just enjoys what she does and I don’t push her to perfection – she’ll get there herself.

However, in over 2 years we’ve accumulated so much paper of different sizes and shapes that at some point I didn’t know what to do with it. I felt bad as I had to get rid of most of her early drawings (though I took pictures of them) when we were moving. At the new place we have a corner where we display her work. Pretty soon it was filled up as well!

Then, once we were getting ready to go to a birthday party and I realized we had no wrapping paper. While I was searching for it, I found a whole folder of my daughter’s paintings and after thinking about it and consulting with my 3 year old, we put together a lovely wrapping for the present. We sellotaped 4 large sheets of paper, wrapped the present in it, painted some lines along the parts where the papers connected and put a  ribbon.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoy this wrapping presents idea!

Zippy Paint (or Zip Lock Bag Paint Art)

As my daughter grows I find more and more interesting ideas to offer her through own creativity, modification of existing or simply searching for some new activities online.

I recently came across a zippy sponge art project on Toddler Toddler blog which I turned into something else. I call it Zippy Paint. It is a great sensory activity which can be used for learning the alphabet, numbers and general scribbling/drawing(*).

You will need:

– Ziplock bag  of desired size

– Paint (any would do, except water paint). I used some low quality finger paint I bough online. Crayola paint would work fine. But otherwise any type you have at home!

Simply slowly add few tablespoons of paint into the flattened ziplock bag. Make sure to rid of as much of air as possible and close the ziplock bag tight. Gently spread the paint inside the bag with your palms. It’s ready!

Your child can simply use his finger to trace on the bag and then use the palm to erase everything!

Enjoy and thank you for reading my blog!!!

(*) Note: Later I found that I am not the only clever mom who made these!
Here are some examples:
Kayla Aimee 
Mom’s Crafty Space
Mama Smiles

Four things to remember when raising an artist

Is your baby showing  interest in scribbling already? While some think it might be too early for their child to start using crayons and pencils, others have children who show extreme interest in scribbling quite early and may want to use some tips for encouraging their little one:

1. 100% supervision. No matter how old your toddler is, he or she requires supervision when taking their first steps to drawing. Pencils, for example, can be dangerous if a child plays unsupervised with them or if allowed to run around with pencils in his hand. You don’t want to imagine what could happen if your little darling fell on a sharp pencil! And although most are now non-toxic, you wouldn’t want your child munching away on the crayons.

2. Try 1 or 2 colors at first but don’t restrict the access to the pencil or crayon box too much – children do get overwhelmed fast but at the same time it is a good opportunity to learn how to make choices.

3. Give some room for creativity. Set up a place where your child will let his/her imagination work. It could be a big piece of paper or even a wall that you can easily wash. Some of my friends cover a certain portion of a wall in the nursery with plain wallpaper and let their children draw and color their ways to perfection.

4. Take your time and sit down with your child to draw, color or scribble. While at it, you can teach your child so many other things: names of the colors, sharing and bonding.

Remember: children like to get their hands dirty. When buying pencils and crayons, look for the washable type – it will ease your laundry time!