Thursday, 17 July 2008

It's a miracle

Two minutes dragging out old party cups from the cupboard. Five minutes sorting out pens and pencils from the jumble in the sideboard. Three minutes rooting out some paper and an unused storage box.


Ten minutes effort to create a "drawing station" has bought me *two whole hours* (count 'em) of peace and quiet, one last night, one this morning. And it's easy to clear up and takes little enough space that it can stay out full time.


I saw this idea on the Crafty Crow. I know it's not new, and it's what they do in schools, but it's new to us and long may it last! I wish I had a bright and sunny photo of this but that's just not what's happening here.

17 comments:

  1. Well done! Bring on the peace and quiet.

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  2. Oh I like the idea of calling it a Drawing Station, might have to use that one here for little sister when the going gets tough! Glad to hear you're a fellow lover of sherbet pips, haven't seen them in years, mind you I think they are the reason for all my fillings
    Kimx

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  3. Isn't it funny that little ones appreciate effort like that - just the bringing together of the right things.

    So, what did you do in those 2 hours?

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  4. Every school holidays I refresh the kids drawing supplies so that I can get at least those two hours of peace.

    And I always make sure they take them with them to restaurants.

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  5. Awwww, I remember when a colouring book and a new box of pencils each would get me that quiet. Well done you. I love that drawing in the final picture, it's fab! x

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  6. I just love that last drawing - it's so cute!

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  7. it seems like a long time since crayons and paper kept mine quiet! the little pic is real cute.

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  8. sounds perfect, can I join in?

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  9. Can't stop - must locate plastic cups...

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  10. We had a similar stretch of peace one day last week when I thought to bring out the watercolors. Definitely a "why didn't I think of this before?" moment. Now if Big Lad would just stop trotting out his Special Markers in front of the covetous Little Lad...

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  11. Wonderful! I'm all ready to come over and join in! K x

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  12. Fantastic! I think we had similar brain waves yesterday. I found a basket of shells and pebbles, dug out some old yoghurt pots and tiny tupperwares (for freezing baby food) and hey presto - an hour or so shell sorting, 'my shell shop' and 'pretend dinner' for monkey and friends. What a bargain!

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  13. I spotted this idea on CC too - it's a good one isn't it but my problem would be that a) there isn't a clear workspace for them to draw on at the moment and b) those naughty little Lockets would just disappear with the pens and pencils and I would never see them again!

    That portrait of you at the end is just uncannily accurate!!! ;o)

    Lucy x

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  14. two hours of peace. Priceless. Bonus to you that it was achieved with minimal effort

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  15. What a great idea and so precious to win those two hours of peace. My two always respond to a rearrangement of their arty stuff with a prolific output of pictures!!

    That little picture is beautiful :)

    xx

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  16. WooHoo!!! Gotta love those miracles. What a cute pic with just a peek of those angels drawing!

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