Adelaide has become a big fan of drawing. It didn’t happen in art class, like you would think, but at the grocery store. She was being particularly difficult during our grocery shopping trip last week (probably due to her stuffy nose and new teeth) and nothing in my bag-o-tricks could hold her interest…that is…except for my pen and pad of paper containing the grocery list.
In previous trips I’ve let her hold the pen and help me cross off items on the list as we found them, so naturally I figured we’d play that game again. Adelaide had something else in mind though, and managed to get both my pen and pad of paper away from me. She then occupied herself for the remainder of the shopping trip, the entire drive home, all of the time it took me to put the groceries away AND an 10 additional minutes, by drawing in my notebook. I was completely floored by how into drawing she was! And completely paranoid about her clothing, the carpet, my walls, etc.
I managed to clean all of the ball point pen off of her and out of her clothes and the next day decided to have a more structured art time. This time we were at the kitchen table, with paper taped to the table and crayons, suitable for a toddler. Again, she enjoyed herself! Granted, she wanted to eat the crayons more than draw with them, but we went through two pieces of paper and she had a very obvious grasp of the concept of doodling.
Our third doodling event was the following day, with a set of markers I found in my bin of old art supplies. They were Crayola, but clearly not “washable”.
Later that day we attempted art-time again, this time with a set of washable (necessary!!) markers from Target and pad of drawing paper. The bright, bold mark on her paper from the marker (as opposed to the crayons) must have been exciting, because she wasted no time filling up page after page with marks from her markers. We had a great deal of fun drawing on the paper together, this time without the concern of staining her clothing/skin/table/carpet. Her drawing time ended when she became more interested in eating the markers than drawing with them (usually a good sign).
Hopefully she will continue to enjoy art time and we can make it a permanent part of our daily (or weekly) routine!