On the art day of Mama's Spring Break Camp, the chicks and two of their friends did a collaborative drawing project that seemed to really engage them. I first read them Harold and the Purple Crayon, one of our favorite art-themed stories. I then ripped off a long piece of easel paper and taped it to the hallway floor, setting out crayon cakes and beeswax crayons for drawing.
I told the kids they could draw a world just like Harold did with his crayon. I really had no idea if they would find this even remotely appealing, and I also had no clue if the collaboration component was going to work. I had thought of the project about an hour before and just taped down the paper and hoped for the best.
I'm happy to report that not only did they have fun, but they were very serious about the project and all four of them actually discussed, the entire time they were drawing, what their plans were and what they were making. Ninna drew roads, Bojey drew a lake, our little friend in the Dorothy dress drew some people, and our other friend drew...something I can't remember. Whatever it was, he worked very hard on it!
Here's the finished product:
Have you tried any collaborative art projects with your kids? Were they successful? I'd like to try something like this again, but I don't want to push it. I think it really takes a lot to be able to work together on a creative project like this--I know adults who can't or wouldn't want to compromise their ideas, so I can imagine how challenging this can be for little people. On the other hand, since the experience was so nice, I'd like to give them the opportunity again.