I know it looks like scribble to most people, but to me this is very artsy. I love the look of these pictures. We have about a dozen of them, 'cause my little girl got caught up in her creativity (woo hoo!), and I think these pics are so effective.
All that's required is some black paper and oil pastels. Of course, you can use whatever colour paper you like, but black is a great foil for bright colours.
I located my oil pastels, covered the coffee table in newspaper and let Eden knock herself out. It actually occupied her for over an hour, and she kept telling me "it's ok Mummy, you can go now" (!) so it turned out to be a great activity for her to do with minimal supervision. If you plan on trying this out with your littlies, make sure they're wearing old clothes or a smock, - you'd be surprised where the oil pastels end up. Eden had smudges on her neck and under the coffee table!
A variation of this activity which I have yet to try, is to use the oil pastels on white paper, then getting Eden to do a wash with some watercolours over the top. I think either variation could result in some wonderful pictures to use for making cards. ~ L.
This blog is dedicated to sharing ideas for creative play for toddlers, for those times when toys just won't cut it (and there will be those times), for when you've had enough of the telly on in the background, and for anyone who has forgotten what life was like pre-Wiggles. If you're searching for inspiration or resources to occupy your pre-schoolers (especially aged 1-4), I hope this blog can help!
Loving wife of B. and mother of three; preschooler Eden, toddler Ava and baby Zac, and both are roles which tend to keep me happily busy. Moments for 'me' tend to revolve around reading or re-reading my books (which B. refers to as my 'other children').