The Basic Idea
Big paper is great for wee ones – they can still engage with mark-making while using their whole bodies! Old wallpaper or parcel paper works well, on the floor or stuck to the wall.
Over To You, Wee One
After a walk, or having gone on an imaginary journey together, unroll the paper, lie on your tummy and draw as you chat. Where did you go? What did you see? How did it make you feel? Don’t put any pressure on your wee one to draw – they’ll join in when they’re ready.
- Mark-making builds the foundation of literacy and writing skills
- Great way to reflect on memories together and learn what your wee one especially enjoyed about a trip/walk/game
- Draw a map of the places you’ve been together – maybe you can follow that map and go back there again
- Make deliberate mistakes while you’re drawing and let your wee one “correct” you – it can be great motivation for getting them more involved
Sometimes this is about the drawing, sometimes it’s about the chats. When you’re creating something together, wee ones may open up and share new thoughts and ideas – it’s less pressure than a face to face “what did you do today” chat.