Day sixteen of our Simple Play :: complex learning series is all about cool things to do with a big roll of paper.
One of my daughters favourite things to do is roll out a BIG sheet of paper. There’s something about the scale which she loves. Very often we choose small pieces of paper for our children’s art and drawing, but sometimes it’s really good to go big. It invites children to be bold, to experiment and have the confidence to fill the whole page. It’s such a simple art material but it encourages an abundance of creative projects. Here are some of our favourite ways to use a big roll of paper. I’ve included Amazon affiliate links if you need to buy a roll of paper: Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
The simplest, and perhaps my daughter’s favourite, way to use a big roll of paper is to lay down a drop cloth, roll out your canvas and add in some paints. You can lie right alongside and relax while you create.
Another fun idea is to have your child lie down on the paper and draw round them. They can then draw on a fancy outfit, or transform themselves into a favourite character. It’s also a great visual learning activity to add in with an all-about-me or body science project.
How about using it as part of a history project? We used ours to draw out a hill fort when we were studying the Celts. The size of the paper allows plenty of space to include lots of historical detail in the picture, and is an excellent for visual learning, as you can incorporate all the facts you have learnt within your art.
For creative writing and story telling, how about drawing out a set of picture frames to create a gallery. You can then use each frame in sequence to draw in a scene and tell your story.
And what about combining it with loose parts, to make an interactive play mural. Here we combined play dough and tin foil to create an underwater scene, with moveable parts so the children could play and tell stories.
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