"Coloring outside the lines is a fine art." -Kim Nance
What if you had no lines to stay inside of?
Would you feel free, or overwhelmed?
Have you always been encouraged to stay inside the lines?
Or have you always been encouraged to make your own lines?
For me, a child's drawings are metaphors for how they are feeling sometimes; colorful and messy, monochrome and neat, small and detailed. Some children prefer a guideline, while others need more space to express themselves. A see through surface can provide outlines for objects behind or underneath it, or the blank canvas needed for "self-starters."
I love unique blank surfaces for children to practice their creative drawings and writings on. Plexiglass is an inexpensive and long lasting reusable surface. I have a couple of pieces I keep in the garage that I prop against a wall, or lay on top of a couple of wooden blocks for viewing different surfaces like; grass, mulch, dirt, sand, pavement, etc. Laying the plexiglass on top of the blocks leaves a space for me to put objects underneath, like leaves, sticks, small toys, or bugs will crawl through that my son can watch. The items can be arranged to make shapes to trace and outline on the plexiglass, or used as a starting point for inspiration.
My one year old likes to use washable paint and window markers on the plexiglass. Cloth or sponges make wiping and cleaning up the plexiglass fun for him too. Being able to smear the colors with water creates an additional sensory experience.
What is your favorite blank surface right now?
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