Saturday, September 21, 2019

Kid-sized Character Coloring Pages

Check out this next activity from @lifemadewithloveblog, bringing us more exciting ways to entertain our little ones.
My kids are always begging me to make them giant coloring pages. It started after my son drew all over our downstairs walls with crayon (in a matter of maybe 2 unsupervised minutes…) and we ended up having to paint the entire floor.
We wanted to find a “fun” and “appropriate” way to explore drawing on the walls. So we came up with the idea of cutting multiple sheets of paper from a roll and lining them up along the wall to create one very large piece of paper. Then for his fourth birthday party we created one similar and drew a whole outlined dinosaur scene on to it. The kids loved it and couldn’t get enough of coloring in dinosaurs that were the same size as they were. It was also great because multiple kids could color together, and there was definitely plenty to color!
This time around we wanted to try out making individual life-size characters. Ones that were the EXACT same size as the kids, dressed JUST like them.
First I had them go up and put on their favorite dress up costumes. Jaxon transformed into Spiderman (of course!) and Lu picked her favorite Little Adventures dress, which is currently The Scandinavian Princess Coronation Dress. Then we unraveled and cut the roll of paper so we had a piece that was about the same height as each of the kids and taped it to the wall. One of the reasons I LOVE the rolls of paper so much is not only because it fits into the kid’s easel, but because you get SO much of it! Tape it up good! Lots of coloring and leaning on the paper can pull on it and cause it to fall down easily.
Once the paper was secured, I had the kids stand against it in their best character pose and be perfectly still. You can even trace them while lying on the ground before hanging up the paper if they would rather look like they are flying or floating! I did a quick trace around them so that they wouldn’t get too impatient and then added the detail in after they moved.
If you look closely as Lu’s dress you can tell that the “detail” doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to resemble the concept. Her dress is covered in flowers, so I did a couple loose flowers and then added lots of swirls. From a step back it looks pretty close, especially since it is going to be scribbled ALL over!
After everything is outlined it’s the kids turn to have some fun and color them in! My little artists are absolutely in love with coloring and drawing, so for them, this was a perfect thing to do in a day. Not to mention, they love the idea of drawing themselves AS the character. It takes pretend play to a whole new level as they look down at themselves and what they are wearing and try to match the colors of their own clothes to the outlines of the picture.
 It may seem like even with crayons this is a super messy idea and basically teaches kids to color on the walls. Which, I must admit, this did start AFTER Jax went crazy on our walls... But, crayon comes off of (painted) walls easily. I use a dry rag and it takes it right off! Between my husband and I, we have already been asked to make about 5 or 6 more of these in the last couple of days, haha! They are currently hung up all around the house and the kids come and go from each one as they feel like it. It’s the perfect on going activity to have for whenever there may be down time throughout the day.
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