With my sons not in daycare, my husband and I try to incorporate some of the things they would be learning in a daycare or school environment at home. Granted, we are not professional teachers, but we incorporate different activities and are selective about the type of toys we let them play with.
I was always eager to get the boys into coloring and drawing as it’s something we can do as a family, and hopefully, they’ll learn to enjoy more and more as they get older. We’ve recently let them play with paint and crayons, and having their artwork up on the fridge is something I treasure. Each of their personalities come through in the fun and playful scribbles they make, and even though they are twins, their creativity couldn’t be more different.
Especially with the colder months upon us, cabin fever kicks in fast. They get sick of being inside, and I too can handle just enough time spent in front of the TV or cleaning up after them on the weekends when it’s too cold to go outside. Since Landon and Nate have been all about coloring books, and are showing signs of wanting to do more of the activity, we planned a trip to the Crayola Experience in Easton, Pa. I had heard so many good things about it, and all the awesome activities for kids of various ages. The boys are 2-1/2, and are at the age where they are starting to grasp on to different activities, so a trip to Crayola meant they could play with color, draw and explore everything rainbow colored. I might have been a little giddy at the idea of being in a rainbow wonderland, too.
With four levels to explore, we spent 4 hours at the Crayola Experience in various rooms where children are encouraged to create and of course, color. The factory had various types of Crayola markers, crayons, paint – all washable – and even provided multiple stations for parents and their little ones to sit down and be artistic.
Everything is as colorful and nostalgic just like a Crayola crayon box – and it’s just really a fun place to get lost in. I loved helping the boys color, and watching them run around in a colorland of art.
You will leave with plenty of your child’s artwork like spin art made from melted crayons, a crayon melted in a car or ring, lots of coloring pages and the best of all – you can put your name on a crayon. We’re keeping ours and putting them in a shadow box as a fun decoration for their rooms. Another fun activity we loved was putting our photo inside an illustration to make our own coloring pages.
If you live in the tri-state New York, New Jersey area, the Crayola Experience in Pennsylvania is absolutely worth the trip. Children under 2 are free, and the price of admission can be a little less if you buy tickets online. I would totally recommend taking your little ones there as it’s not just for kids!