With this week leaning more towards doing than buying, we are so terribly pleased to welcome Jennifer Cooper from our very favourite Classic-Play. (See, that's her over on the Great Scott button on the left). With a heart bursting with warm generosity and enviable creativity she shares with us a very simple family activity that well, simply speaks volumes.
“The littlest things can bring such stress-free joy.”
Jen wrote that the other day in her sticker post and truer words were never spoken. Case in point: take our family’s chalkboard wall. For very little expense and the simple application of a couple quarts of chalkboard paint, a wall has now become a new source of entertainment for our whole family.
I think the person who has most enjoyed the wall’s metamorphosis, is my five-year-old son. Since the wall went up, he has spent hours drawing cities complete with hotels, a zoo filled with monkeys and elephants, blimps, crystal balls (my kids have decided that Santa has a crystal ball and that’s how he sees who’s naughty and nice) and race tracks that spans across all ten feet of wall space.
Now this is actually quite miraculous considering the epic battles waged in the past over getting him to hold a crayon properly. We have spent many afternoons crying (both him and me) over homework that required writing or drawing. But this? Well, there’s just something entirely magical about a blank canvas five times your size. The possibilities are endless.
The chalkboard wall has really become something of a family affair. Throughout the month of December, our family is celebrating Christmas with activities we can do together—things on our list include: look at holiday decorations, trim the tree, dance to Christmas music, decorate sugar cookies, etc. The other night, it was my husbands turn to choose the activity. His idea? Make chalkboard Santas! He traced outlines of each kid on the wall and handed them the chalk. It absolutely tops my list of moments I never want to forget.
And it’s all thanks to a fresh coat of paint.