This week has been filled with a nasty vomiting bug, which has really taken us back to basics in The Mad House. We have done a lot of reading, watching movies and simple art and drawing. So I decided to concentrate on that for this week’s something for the weekend. We received an amazing gift pack from Australian company Smiggle, who have just opened up a store at Westfield and it included a fantastic scratch book, which is what inspired this weeks activity, make your own scratch paper.
Make your own scratch paper
- Crayons or oil pastels
- Black tempura paint
- Washing up liquid
- Foam applicator (you could use a paint brush)
- We all had so much fun colouring in our sheets of paper with crayons, making sure they were as colourful as possible.
- We then mixed the black paint with a good squirt of washing up liquid and used the sponge applicator to color the crayon.
- We applied a second coat on some of the sheets when the first one dried and then the sheets were ready to be used.
Childhood 101 has a great post about making scratch art with oil pastels, which is the way we used to make it when I was younger.
Other Drawing Activities and Games
Drawing can be a wonderful open ending art activity. It doesn’t need lots of materials and it not messy at all, just look at how inviting this invitation to draw is. When the boys were smaller I would use masking tape to fix paper to the table and also to give their drawings a boarder. I adore this idea with drawing cards and Artchoo has some fab drawing games for kids on her site.
You can draw almost anywhere and adore this idea from Tinkerlab about drawing under a table and also you don’t have to just use paper, you can make comics on the ipad, colour on perspex, mirrors, photographs or windows and even the pavement or sidewalk.
Books about Drawing
One of the things that has always stuck with me is that you should never ask a child “what is that?” when they have done a drawing or picture as this implies that it doesn’t look as it should! Instead, ask them to tell you about there drawing. I have always encouraged the boys to just draw and doodle and say that things do not have to look like photographs and below are some of the books that we have in our home.
Make sure you are following our facebook page, Google + page or on Pinterest for lots more simple drawing and art and activities over the coming week.
Another fabulous idea Jen, POD would absolutely love this. I do wonder where you get the time – you do so much crafting 🙂
It is much easier to get crafting again now the boys are a little older. We used to do a lot when they were small and then stopped as I just couldn’t fit it in, but now they can enjoy the whole process as well as the outcome. I know I am really lucky that I work P/T and make sure that boy time happens as soon as I collect them from school till MadDad takes over and does reading with them
OMG, I totally remember making scratch paper when I was in primary school!! We did it by rubbing black crayon over the coloured crayon – what a mess we made! I always used to scratch out pictures of fireworks.
This method looks so much easier and hope you all start feeling better soon x
Sorry to hear the vomiting bug has visited you, hope you are feeling better. I love the idea of the scratch paper, when my son was small I made some for him 🙂
Sorry you have been plagued by illness this week, hope everyone is feeling better now. I love that scratch paper idea, I think my son would love to do something like this.
Great ideas. I hope you are all better now x
So cool I loved the scratch paper and a great idea to make it yourself. Some fab ideas for rainy days.
i used to love doing this so much!
We had the sickness bug about 3 weeks back its not nice, looks like a lot of fun the kids had .x
That sounds fun, love the name Smiggle too!
This is a great idea, I know my older two will really enjoy giving it a try, thanks. Hope you’re all on the mend now?
I love these activities. My daughter would love the scratch paper idea. I do hope the vomiting bug clears off soon-we’ve had it too and it’s grim isn’t it.
We’ve done this, it’s great fun. Double the fun of using scratch paper as you can enjoy the production of it too!
I totally forgot about scratch paper, I used to do this all the time when I was younger. I have to show my kids how to do this!
Great ideas! We love to draw and paint, so will have to try the scratch paper soon.
I have to say, your blog is superb. Such a lot of useful resources. Thanks for sharing this. Another one I really want to try with the kids. Pinned.
Oh I’d been meaning to buy some scratch paper and now I see I can make our own! Thanks, this is going to be fun!!!
Some wonderful ideas – thanks for sharing! 🙂
I’ll be trying this with my toddler for sure, in fact I’m off to pin it now. A wonderful idea.
I am total stationery addict so I intend to make a trip to Westfield to go and visit Smiggle! I find drawing so relaxing and it is such a wonderful and simple activity to encourage in children. I really hope you are all over the nasty bug, it is an absolute misery to have to live through xxxxx
I had so forgotten about scratch paper – I used to make it as a Nanny for the kids for car journeys. I must do some for Emmy for our holiday car journey – Thank you
Am I the only one who has no clue what scratch paper is (even though I know how to make it now)
So sorry you’ve all been poorly. Vomiting bugs are not fun – hope you’re all on the mend now. And I remember scratch paper from when I was a child. Think my kids would enjoy it too.
Love this idea for scratch paper Jen , not something I’ve ever seen before – and knowing just how much Kitty likes to scratch and pick at things it sounds ideal for us!
This is such an awesome idea. Love, love, love it! Definitely going to try it with the boys (one day!) and will link back to you as my inspiration 😀 x
Thats such a cool idea and i can imagine all that colouring in would take Little Z a bit of time too….hmmmmmm 🙂
I used to love scratch paper! I almost forgot it exists, have to introdue it to my brother next time I visit them 🙂
I remember making scratch paper when I was young, I must do that with 6yo she’d love it
Hope you’re all on the mend now. Thanks for such a gorgeous post! xx
How fun! I think I’ll do this for the children in my Church class!
The scratch paper is such a cool idea, I can’t wait to try that with F. x
We do this every Bonfire night – it’s great to make fireworks with x x
Great ideas 🙂 Have pinned it for next weekend!
I remember doing something similar as a kid. This is a great reminder to try it out with my own now! Thanks for linking this one up to Tuesday Tutorials 🙂
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