Monday 21 July 2014

Getting Creative - #CrayolaBlogger

Leo and I recently shared some very exciting news. We told you all about our new role as #CrayolaBloggers and over the last few weeks we have been having a play with all of the different goodies that we were sent to try out. Over the last half term break we set up a creative space and we sat together and did some colouring. We started off using the Easy Grip Jumbo pencils, as I really like how great they are for little hands. They come in a pack of 8 and are recommended from the age of 12 months and up. I often prefer colouring pencils over anything else, as you can do more with them. You can use the same colour to achieve different shades and textures, ultimately I think this is an important lesson to learn.

Having said that though, within our Crayola goodie box we have a super selection of the different felt tip pens, my favourite set so far being the big chunky washable markers. I think for younger children these felt tips are a great starting point, they are thicker so they aren’t going to break the tips as easily as they would with regular pens, and as with the Jumbo Pencils they are easier for little hands to hold. They come in a set of 8 and are again suitable from the age of 12 months and up.

I have always left pencils, crayons and plenty of paper within Leo’s reach. He actually has his own drawing desk where he is free to colour whenever he feels like it. At 3 years old, Leo is now beginning to draw circles and lines within his creations. Deliberate circles and deliberate lines, which is all part of the development process. Very soon he will be consciously drawing pictures, and I think before long we will start to see his imagination truly shine out through his art work.

To help keep Leo busy over half term Crayola very kindly sent Leo an activity sheet, it had all sorts of different activities for Leo to be getting on with including questions that I helped him answer. It of course had plenty of colouring to be getting on with and was even personalised for ‘The Life and Times of The Working Mum’. Not only had Crayola been kind enough to send us that little treat over, they also sent Leo and I tickets for the Odeon. We are still yet to use these tickets as we ran out of time during the half term, but we will be making a day of it very soon! Leo is so well behaved when we do venture out to the cinema, so I know we will have a great time when we do use these tickets.

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