Paper Friends

Mark making with large child-shaped paper for the toddlers this week. And what fun we had.

For making our marks we used:

Chubbi Markers

Felt tips
Cray-pas oil pastels

The child-shaped paper was laid out on the floor (it did look a little bit like a murder scene!) with the mark making materials on a table for the children to choose what they’d like to use.

Mums and tots quickly got stuck into colouring their ‘friends’ and one little boy ran over  and started scrubbing his with the Playcolour making a very bold statement with his use of colour and application.

One little girl decided her ‘friend’ was going to be her mummy – ahhh – and she would have grey hair – umm. Mum actually has brown hair but who was I to argue?

Another little girl decided to amputate the arm of her ‘friend’ and a leg was well on the way to being torn off by the end of the session!

Engaging Activity

On the whole the children really engaged with this activity with some coming back time and again to add more colour to their ‘friend’. They loved trying out all the different materials with Playcolour and Chubbi Markers being the favourites.  These are easy to grip and make lovely fat, colourful marks which are great, especially when working big.

One tot, who was still a bit young to get the concept of mark making, had a lovely time taking all the felt tips out of the pot and putting them back in again. Another little boy spent most of the time twisting the lids on and off the Chubbi Markers.  So, as you can see, this activity presented lots of opportunities for experimenting and exploring for the different age groups.

As we were leaving one mum opened the door to her car to show me the paper ‘friend’ safely strapped into a child seat next to the little girl who had drawn on her. How cute is that?

Other Project Ideas

The large child-shaped paper is also ideal for the following topics:

All About Me – ask the children to draw themselves. What colour eyes, hair, skin etc.  will they choose. Are they true to life? It’d be really interesting to see how they perceive themselves.

Dressing – draw on clothes or place real clothes over the shape. You can discuss where particular garments go – no knickers on the head please – textures of clothing, why we wear clothing and so on.

Relationships – ask the children to think about someone special and fill the shape in with the colours they relate to that person. You can talk about relationships between people, why that person is special and why do those colours relate to that person.

Parts of the Body – talk about different parts of the body – arms, legs, head, knees, tummy, hands, feet  - and where they are in relation to each other. Ask the children to colour in the parts you are talking about.

I highly recommend the large child-sized paper shapes. Give them a go!

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