We've been having an "art and creativity" time each morning while Elena is napping. I brought along a few supplies, and Edwin enjoys using them. He's definitely creative with the supplies and doesn't necessarily use them the "correct" way (using colored pencils to poke holes in the cardboard, painting the watercolor box instead of paper, coloring on his hands with markers, etc.). Oh well. He hasn't tried painting or coloring on the walls yet, at least.
See that cardboard beneath the paper? This has saved me a lot of clean up. I was at the Main Mall one day last week and I happened to see some broken down cardboard boxes sitting behind a trash can. I decided I needed some of that cardboard for this exact reason, so I walked over, ripped off a piece and carried it home with me. I'm sure the people standing around thought I was bit odd. If they said anything to each other, I couldn't understand them!
The tent below was loaned to us by a friend from my moms group (thanks, Emily!). It has been wonderful. We've encountered a fair amount of mosquitoes but Elena has been protected from them at night due to this nifty tent. If you know of anyone trying to decide whether to get a pack n play or something like this, I'd get this instead. It packs up so much easier than a pack n play and works really, really well.