Note: 1 minute 30 second video demo available below too! 😉
I love, love, love how this project turned out! I saw something similar to this a long time ago and tucked it away in my “to do when older” file. Flash forward a few years and my 9 year old nephew was over and I tried to show me how to do this. He ended up leaving me with a starter sheet. My son, who was 5, saw it later that day and was begging to do it. So, I decided to give it a try and boy am I glad I did. He loved it! This is a fantastic simple activity to get their brains thinking and perfect for any age!
See it in action – speed style! Kiddos are 7 and 9 in the video (the rest of the art in the post they were 3 and 5). If you do not see the video below, click here to watch it.
What You Need:
- Crayons, markers or colored pencils
- Lots of circles
Step 1: Gather circles. Any shape or size will be perfect.I had the kids do a search and bring me what they found. As you can see from the picture, they found many! They brought me water bottles and lids off of water bottles and cups, the milk, pitchers and more.
Step 2: Trace your circles on the paper. Circles and be put anywhere on the paper. Let them get creative.
Step 3: Instruct them that when they are done tracing to color in their circles.
This is what we started with. Left to right: My daughter’s pic (age 3), my sons pic (age 5) and my page
Step 4: Enjoy your time coloring and be patient.I colored my page while they colored theirs and they tried to mimic my patterns and colors. It took us about 3 days working an hour or so each day to finish the pictures.
Step 5: Praise your work, because it will look awesome! My son’s artwork…
My daughter’s artwork…
and my finished piece…
I found coloring this very therapeutic, too. It was amazing to see how easily my kiddos went down for naps with a little coloring for30 minutes or so before their rest time. Love, love, love it…not just the naps that happened after, but how they turned out!
Ashley @ The Hillside Home saysSeptember 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm
Cute project! I love kids’ artwork. Can’t wait until my son starts drawing and painting more. I’d love to do a whole gallery wall of his artwork! 🙂
Jamie saysSeptember 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm
I love this project and I love that your son was begging to do it. :o) Circles are one of my favorite shapes!!
I also find coloring very therapeutic; I can’t wait to color with my baby when she’s old enough to color with instead of eat the crayons!
Please feel free to link your circles project up to my new Make Yourself Monday blog hop!
Bailey K. saysSeptember 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm
cute idea! how fun for the kids!
Sandra saysJune 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm
What a fun summer activity!! I love your video, great job!
Michelle saysJuly 2, 2015 at 8:16 pm