Sometimes I forget that just because I have done an activity a hundred times while teaching…
Just because we’ve already done it when the girls were smaller…
Or just because he and I did it last year…
Just because I think this activity is ‘boring’ or ‘obsolete’ or not ‘fresh’, it doesn’t mean that my children see things in the same way.
Yes, we taped together two long bits of paper last year and I drew around him as he lay there giggling.
Yes, to me it seems like only yesterday that I watched him draw his own face and colour in his clothes.
Yes, to me this easy art activity seems old, and less interesting… to me.
But to my boy it is still new and fun and exciting.
He remembers doing it when he was younger and is eager to do it again because he remembers it was fun. Now he has new skills and wants to do things a little differently.
For him this activity is still as cool as it was the first time he did it and it will still be cool a few more times before he is done trying out all his ideas and testing out all his skills and is ready to move on to something else.
Don’t discount an activity just because you’ve done it before. Don’t put your adult ideals of ‘interesting/boring’ on to your child. Don’t stifle your child’s creativity and interests by stopping them from doing the same activity again and again till they are done.