My 4 year old son loves to draw and paint. We went on a mini-holiday last month and were poking around in a bookshop and I came across something for my son that was a great alternative to colouring books. Colouring books can be entertaining, but frankly, they don’t involve a whole lot of creativity and once you’ve marked up a page, it’s done. One more tree down..
The book I found was the Klutz Draw-It-Again book of simple photographs to embellish into something different using dry erase markers. It comes with some small markers and an eraser and is just the right size for bringing everywhere. It provided entertainment in the car, in a restaurant, etc. and a month later he’s still very entertained by it (which is pretty good for a 4 year old). It’s hard to explain, so you’ll have to take a look.
As he loves drawing and painting, we do appear need paper around. Lots and lots of paper. So when we got a package a week or two ago that used piles of brown paper for packing instead of styro peanuts (yay!), I carefully folded it up and put it in the closet. Voilá, we have art paper for a while, and we’re re-using. He balked at the brown paper at first (it’s brown, it’s a little wrinkled), but yesterday we did some painting and today he created a book with it, so I guess he’s over that.