One of the easiest ways to keep your young child occupied: Put out some paper and some crayons for coloring time.
However, if your young Picasso draws as quickly, and goes through as much paper, as mine, you know that the cost of coloring supplies can quickly add up.
Today’s hint is four tips that can help you cut these costs while still developing your little one’s artistic talent.
Turn one piece of paper into two (or more). In other words, cut each piece of paper in at least half before giving it to your little one (see the image below), and encourage your child to draw on both sides of each sheet. I learned this tip from my daughter’s preschool teachers, who know how to make the most of the art supplies they have.
Don’t just think paper. Think creatively when it comes to surfaces your little one can draw on. Instead of discarding packing paper, cardboard boxes and junk mail, save them for the next time you bring out the crayons (see the image below). Colors also show up nicely on brown paper grocery bags, and the images on them can become coloring book of sorts. Another great non-traditional coloring material: tissue paper.
Don’t forget about printables. Instead of buying pre-made coloring books, check out all the free printable coloring pages available online. You’re sure to find images your child will want to fill in.
What tips for saving on drawing supplies did I miss?