My kids usually get along, but they have their days where sharing toys is difficult. Coloring together is a nice change of pace for days when they are stuck in the house together but don’t feel like playing. It’s also a nice ice breaker for shy friends at play dates. It’s slightly less peaceful when Lily isn’t napping, since when she gets bored she has a habit of spicing things up by adding artistic touches to the other kids’ pages…
And I LOVE the flip-top Crayola markers they are using, but Crayola doesn’t seem to make them any more. Has anybody seen them? For me, the extra cost of having caps that stay on is well worth not worrying about choking hazard caps ending up on the floor – not to mention the long life of the markers!
- Prep: less than one minute
- Initial entertainment: at least 15 minutes; much longer if they move on to drawing
- Clean-up: less than one minute (up to 5 if Lily is out and starts throwing crayons)
- Lasting value: Calmer children (and the development of patience, tolerance, and negotiation for Emma and Johnny and boundaries for Lily if Lily goes into mischief mode)