After seeing a rather special drawing by an equally special young lady on a friends blog the other day it got me thinking about drawing in general and how much of it we do in this house and how I am starting to see some changes in the way the girls draw.
We’ve always had crayons and paper and various drawing moments around here. I like drawing. It’s easy to set up and clean up and it is lovely and open ended.. the girls can do whatever they like while being really creative and learning heaps. We’ve mostly stuck to crayons in the past as our few attempts with textas haven’t been super successful… but at Easter the girls were given Wiggles textas and pencil boxes from our neighbors as part of their RCH Good Friday Appeal activities and suddenly it seems they have mastered the art of lids on and off and have just leapt ahead in their drawing!
We usually sit up at the dining table so there is enough room for the big bits of paper. Thanks to another great friend and her DH we now have lovely A3 sized paper to draw on, makes such a difference for little hands to have a big surface! These days the wiggles textas are the only thing they want to draw with but in the past they enjoyed crayons and pastels, and we have chalks for paper and the black board and outside on the pavers. Recently Nanny bought them little hole punches that punch out shapes (if you look hard you can see an orange one between the two girls in the photo) which are a HUGE hit and are often requested when we draw.
As you can see in the photo neither of them have quite got the pencil grasp right. Izzy sometimes gets a pincer grasp going but Zoe hasn’t at all mastered it yet. You can Google ‘correct pencil grip’ if you are interested in how it all works but at this stage of the game it is not something we are working on… it will come in time.
I am really aware of them just drawing for the sake of drawing… trying hard not to influence them or have them worry about what it ‘looks like’ in the end. So many people say ‘I can’t draw’ when really everyone can draw… we just get hung up about how it looks when we are done. Drawing and being creative are fascinating things… and I think there is nothing better than kids drawing just for the fun of drawing, so go break out the crayons and give it a go!