Despite what I may have said in the past about not having enough space in our house for all the “art” our kids come home with from their respective school and daycare, I really do like kids art.
I didn’t know that we were lacking something though until I was browsing through the September issue of Today’s Parent and came across a small room that had been designed for maximum play fun. Chief among the play fun items was a drawing wall that made me jealous. And looking at the materials needed for it, I figured it was something I could make for my girls too.
So I did. And now I’m telling you that you need an art wall too, even if you don’t have kids. Because everyone can benefit from paper and markers.
Step one: buy the things
This is really easy since you need very few things. You need:
a roll of paper
a curtain rod
a curtain rod holder
a basket to hold your art utensils
as many markers, paints or pencil crayons as you feel comfortable having in a kids room
Step two: put together the things
I’m not crazy, I’m not going to pretend that this is a touch step. You put together the curtain rod holder, put your roll of paper on the curtain rod and then screw the combination of rod, paper and rod holder to the wall. Your basket can be secured to the wall as well or left on the floor depending on how many holes you want in your walls.
Step three: have all the fun
In less than 30 minutes, you’ve set up an art station for you or for your kids that will keep their attention for much more than the time it took you to make it. It’s a guarantee that they’ll get marker on the wall but it’s worth it to hear them say “look Daddy I made a bed for me to lie down in,” or “it’s a hurricane of colours.”
Yeah, that’s it. I kind of just wanted to brag about having multiple art walls because they look so cool and get even better as the art starts to fill the paper.
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