We have a little one a little under the weather. I think it is allergies, but when she feels bad, she is much less active than normal. It gives us an opportunity to color. This is usually a very short-lived activity, lengthened dramatically by stuffy noses and sneezes.
So, we were working on coloring when I came up with an idea to keep crayons and paper on the table. By the magic of contact paper and tape, coloring can be (somewhat) cleaner:
Take a small piece of contact paper and tape it down to your coloring surface, sticky side up. Place crayons on the contact paper. The stickiness of the contact paper will keep the crayons in place, but will allow them to be easily moved by little hands.
To keep the paper on the table, simply tape the corners of the paper to the table with masking tape. It is easily removed and will not damage your surface. It helps your toddler work on fine motor skills, without having a moving target.