Using big sheets of paper is one of my favorite ways to get my kids thinking creatively, and a favorite rainy day activity for my kids! I buy large rolls of paper (like this, but we get ours from IKEA usually) and cut off large sections – around four feet long – for the kids to draw on.
Using BIG Paper to Unleash Creativity in children
When each kid has their own sheet, they are basically using every bit of free space in on the wood section of our floor, but it’s worth it to watch them creating their own unique worlds!
Two-year-old Anna is really into “writing” right now, so that is how she covered her large sheet of paper. Nine-year-old Emma (photo at the top of the post) loves animals, and you can see that in her drawing.
Seven-year-old Johnny loves numbers. Every single digit on his paper has a face, and there are pencils and a pen with faces at the bottom of the page, including one that is signing his name. I love that his sun has glasses AND a superhero cape.
Five-year-old Lily drew a lovely house with me and the four kids (Mike was at work when we were doing this activity). She also drew the two dragons below, probably inspired by the dragon-themed book that the aide in her kindergarten class was reading out loud to the class at the time.
My kids also like to draw together on a single sheet of paper, and we often tape sheets of paper to the table for them to draw on together, or with their friends. This is also a wonderful whole-family activity – grown-ups can get creative with pencils and paper, too!
Has your family created big art like this recently?
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