Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Farm mural & toy scavenger hunt

My kids love to color and draw their own background scenes.  I like to buy giant rolls of white and brown paper so they can spread out, and so they can continue to add to their picture.  They color, and I get to enjoy a cup of coffee, or two, in peace.  Ahhh...one of my favorite perks:  being able to enjoy a full cup of coffee, uninterrupted, and not having to heat it up again. I don't consider my kids interruptions, but what mom doesn't appreciate being able to drink an entire cup of coffee without having to stop? 

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
(DK Press)












 
Happy coloring!



Melanie



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