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Play, Baby, Play! No Paper? No Problem! Bodies as Canvas

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Play Baby

Brooke and I have both written about this activity before, but I just can’t get enough! This time, we did this activity in all storytimes: Preschool, Baby, Preschool again, and Family. Surprisingly to me at the time (though on reflection I guess not) the squirmiest, seemingly uninterested in any books or songs, group was the one that really got into this activity the most. Wonder if you can guess which one that was? 🙂

For the older kids this is great writing practice and for the younger wonderful modeling. Plus, vocabulary and community building!

Supplies: In the past I have used Crayola washable markers this time when I tested them they did not wash off well AT ALL. So I ended up using Rose Art and Mr. Doodle markers. They both washed off super well. Face paint crayons and oil pastel crayons work REALLY well. I haven’t tried it but another librarian suggested tub crayons. It is SUCH a blast!

Preschool and BabyStorytimes

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Preschool Storytime #2

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This is my arm. Apparently, just drawing on mom and herself was not enough for one participant.

Family Storytime

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This guy had several faces throughout the morning, this was the only one I could catch.

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This mom was drawn on by more than the toddler in her lap. Such a good sport!

My favorite part was how many people talked about wanting to do this at home or for a birthday party. It’s a cheap, easy activity with a huge reward!

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Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

4 thoughts on “Play, Baby, Play! No Paper? No Problem! Bodies as Canvas

  1. Do you just use washable “Crayola” markers or have you found something easier to wash off?

  2. How Fun!!!
    Do you just use Washable Markers?

    • Yes, Cassie. Though, in the past I have used Crayola washable markers this time when I tested them they did not wash off well AT ALL. So I ended up using Rose Art and Mr. Doodle markers. They both washed off super well. Face paint crayons and oil pastel crayons work REALLY well. I haven’t tried it but another librarian suggested tub crayons. It is SUCH a blast!

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