Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Playful Start to the Day

Last night, before going to sleep, I tiptoed downstairs and set the kitchen table up with a huge piece of paper and a jar of colored pencils and markers. When the family straggled down in the morning, they found this:


Now, I will readily admit that I did not come up with this idea. I remembered Amanda over at SouleMama doing something similar, and I thought -- wow, what an inspired idea.


I am notoriously slow to wake up. Oh, sure, I might be downstairs, upright, drinking coffee, but I am not really and truly awake. And I thought this might be a great diversion to keep the kiddos engaged while I'm still going through re-entry. What I did not anticipate, however, is how much fun I would have, starting the day with a little silly creativity.

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Oh and yeah, the kids liked it too. In fact, I have been instructed that this needs to be the new morning routine: "we start with art!" I can think of a lot worse ways to begin the day.


  1. I just stumbled onto your blog from the goodyblog and wanted to say hello. This is an amazing idea and I'm going to use it ASAP!!

  2. Hello I just came over via Ohdeedoh.com, my favorite spot for inspiration. I am a fellow Maryland blogger. It is so nice to meet you. I look forward to stopping my regularly.

  3. ohhhhhhhhhh, Laura. I love this! Start the day with art. Perfect.

  4. Where do you find the large pieces of paper for table-covering?

  5. I use the paper from the roll that came with our IKEA easel. You can buy replacement rolls from them at a surprisingly low cost. Or they also have rolls of paper at office supply stores. I use tape to affix the paper to the table; otherwise all sorts of mischief ensues. :)

  6. this is perfect! i guess i need to buy those markers that aren't permanent.