I love living in Sydney’s Inner West for a number of reasons. The history, the village-type feel and great cafes to name a few. But since having Currant Bun (CB), yes, all those things still matter of course, but my eyes have been re-opened to the wondrous world of an almost-2-year-old.
One thing I’m noticing more and more lately, is the amazing wall-art that pops up at every turn. I wouldn’t call it graffiti as such (although what would I know) as it’s quirky, creative, and “child-friendly”. Who’d have known – child-friendly wall-art!
My little one loves it when I stop the pram and point out Mrs Pinnochio chasing a rat, or a green and purple stripy cat sneaking along a wall. It’s our version of ‘stopping to smell the roses’, although, we love doing that too!
The Stripey Street Cat incidentally, is well known around Sydney’s Inner West.
So, short of handing out spray cans to our little ones, I’ve come up with a couple of ideas that draw on this appreciation of child friendly wall-art.
Note: Thank you to the talented artists that leave their mark on the walls, I would credit you by name, but I don’t know who you are!
Idea 1: Make your own wall-art
Step 1: Download and print your free wall background here.
Step 2, Think about what you could draw on your pretend wall. Could you add a cat peeking over the top of the wall, or draw some flowers to brighten it up? Or you could print one of our sheets from here to colour in!
Step 3: If you are using your own ideas, draw the outline of your drawing in a black pen first.
Step 4: This is where the fun starts. Use different pens, crayons and materials to add colour to your wall-art. The bolder and flatter the colour, the better. You’re finished! Print off as many sheets of the wall background as you wish to do some more wall-art at home. This is a great activity for a rainy day with friends.
Idea 2: Go on a wall-art adventure walk
With the Autumnal weather kicking in, what better way to spend an afternoon than to go for a walk around your area with your child, and take the time to look at the all the wall-art around your suburb.
You could use this sheet on your walk… print out as many copies as you like (ask an adult before you do this!) and don’t forget to take your black pen with you to make a sketch of the wall-art. When you get home, you can add your colour!