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Apryl Duncan

Winter Activity #3 - Make a Wall Canvas for the Kids

By January 23, 2013

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We have enough coloring books around here to open a store. But there are only so many 8.5x11 pictures kids want to color.

A picture of a boy painting on a wall canvas
Make a wall canvas for your child's next masterpiece.
Photo © Apryl Duncan
So for this week's activity, I made a wall canvas with banner paper and a few strips of tape. The canvas stretches high above my little artist's head and flows onto the floor.

The paper we use is Elmer's white 25-yard banner paper that's 24 inches wide. It's a nice sturdy paper that can hold messy watercolors and markers without the color seeping through onto your walls.

By cutting two sheets the same length and taping them together on the back, I was able to give my son a 48-inch wide wall canvas with the banner paper. That's longer than he is!

I put up one canvas for watercolors, another for crayons and a third for markers. It's like he's got his very own art studio right in his room.

Try this project to give your kids a new twist on creativity. In just a few minutes and for about $10 worth of paper (less if you find a coupon from craft stores), your kids can have their own wall canvas to paint 5-foot tall flowers, scribble life-sized pictures of their favorite animals or even write the alphabet in gigantic letters. And when they're ready to start another masterpiece, just replace the banner paper with a fresh sheet, and they're good to go!

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January 19, 2011 at 11:54 am
(1) JDaniel4's Mom says:

I love this idea! I bet he colored on it forever.

January 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(2) PotterBeth says:

That is a *fantastic* idea!!! Sharing your post on FB! :D

January 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm
(3) Jeannette says:

I did that for my kids when they were young. My son was notorious for drawing on the walls. I had to do it in self defense! And yes, Beth would have benefited with this on her walls as a child! LOL!!!

January 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm
(4) dumb mom says:

Fun! We did this in the summer with markers and stickers. We wound up with a castle mural and stick on knights that The Dudes played with for weeks!

January 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm
(5) Lind says:

I would love to try this idea out!

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