Or as it might also be titled: Another uninvented thing to do with a giant roll of paper from IKEA
It’s turning out to be one of our best impromptu IKEA buys yet. Not the very best, that would be the time we got a bit too overwhelmed and lost in the showroom and discovered the cafe and the wonders of the cheesecake, but close.
Apart from just general everyday drawing and stamping and colouring in, we’ve used it for our road, for some extraordinary deconstructed art that the girls sort of discovered by trying to draw on the carpet and finding that their crayons just tore straight through and more than a few Andrex puppy moments (mostly Elma).
And a little while ago I used it to set up this little play invitation for Kitty.
For the record I’m not claiming to be the first person to have ever come up with this, but it was a lot of fun, and that alone makes it worth sharing!
In among Kitty’s Christmas presents last year was a little bag full of wooden building bricks of all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are plenty of squares and little domino shaped ones so that you can actually build a castle or a stable for your giraffe or make a short little domino run across the dinner table, but there are arches and towers and big triangles that could be a roof or a steeple, or whatever you want it to be (giraffe food apparently).
We don’t have them out as much as Elma’s bigger square bricks (which are played with pretty much daily) mainly because I wanted to be sure that a certain young someone wasn’t going to try to run off with them and eat them, but now we’re in a phase where none of my children automatically puts everything in their mouths I’ll pull them off the shelf more often.
And while we were playing with them one day it struck me that apart from the fact that they’re incredibly tactile, its the colours and the interesting shapes that make them fun, and I had an idea for a little Kitty project, something just for her that could tick all the boxes for her favourite sorts of play.
And so one evening I tore a nice big stretch of paper from the roll, taped it to the dining table, tipped all of the bricks out over it and with a little help (thanks Dad!) we drew around each piece pretty much as they fell.
The paper sat rolled up on the dresser for a few weeks until I needed a little inspiration one afternoon, got it out and suggested to Kitty that she might like to match the outlines to the shapes.
And once we’d matched up the shapes, more or less accurately, we pulled out our pot of colouring crayons and tried to colour the paper to match each shape.
Kitty’s just got to the stage where she’s really keen on making sure the colour stays within the lines, but she’s still working on the motor skills that enable her to do that and this proved to be great practice for her, plus if it all went wrong she just moved onto the next shape.
We still had quite a bit of space on the paper so she decided to start outlining a few of her favourite shapes again to colour them in:
(that’s a look of serious concentration if every I saw one!)
And as I got to sit and colour in with her it made it a perfect way to spend a few moments with my biggest girl.