We unroll the paper and they color a scene. Then we create a scavenger hunt to find toys that match whatever is in their picture. For the scavenger hunt, my oldest son makes two lists of toys and gives each brother a list to find. For his brother who can't read yet, he just draws pictures (or cuts pictures out of a magazine) and glues the pictures to a sheet of paper. We do a lot of scavenger hunts at our house!
After the kids are done coloring their mural, we cut it into a few smaller pieces and save it to use as wrapping paper. If they love their mural too much to let me cut it right away, we hang it in the garage with thumbtacks.
Love these giant rolls of paper!
The scavenger hunt was a success:
loads of tractors, farm animals, and even a barn!
Paint would show up better on the brown paper,
but with these boys on this particular morning,
crayons and colored pencils worked out great!
There are some great books about farm animals.
A few of our favorites:
Big Red Barn
(Margaret Wise Brown)
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type
(Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin)
John Deere Farm ABC