My youngest daughter, TalTal, is a wonderful artist. However, asking her to sit down and make something doesn’t always inspire her. She’d rather flit around and be drawn in by inspiration rather than a planned activity. So, I plastered the wall with mural paper. Actually, it’s butcher paper from Costco. I leave various drawing/coloring utensils out on the floor: crayons, pens, markers, chalk, dot painters. If you had a drop cloth set-up you could even add collage to the paper with glue and various collage items: feathers, magazine pictures, beads, noodles, you name it.
We’ve now done this several times. TalTal can hit the drawing wall whenever the mood strikes. Sometimes we have all taken turn drawing pictures that connect to each other and make up a story as we go along. This is a really wonderfully fun pre-reading activity.