It’s no secret that my family likes to draw, and we’re always playing with ways to make drawing more entertaining. We often do this “fill a frame” activity in our sketchbooks while traveling or while waiting for food in restaurants, but it’s also easy to set up anywhere. All you need is paper and drawing supplies.
This project falls under the Creative Table Project, a series of simple art and science prompts that encourage creative thinking skills and experimentation.
In a nutshell, you set up the materials and then invite your child to create.
Drawing Prompt: Fill a Frame
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Paper: We used Neenah Exact Index (card stock). I love this versatile, heavy-weight paper
Black Pen: I enjoyed using a Sharpie for this project
- Pre-draw frames on a sheet of paper
- Set the frames up next to a container of markers or crayons
- Invite your child to create
- Feel free to co-create or use your free time to work on your own project
I set ours up with colored pencils, and my daughter swapped them for her favorite markers. With set-ups like these, follow your child’s interests. If they have an idea that’s different from what you had in mind, as long as it’s safe, it’s 100% okay!
Related to this project, my friend Agnes recently launched a company called Plaeful, and they make erasable, washable frame decals that you can stick right up on your wall. We have one in our busy hallway, and I’m always catching my kids filling it in with designs, stories, and color.
Check out Plaeful.