Friday, September 16, 2005
Art Supply Therapy
Recently I finally took the plunge, stopped being so uptight, and let my girls have almost free access to the art supplies in our house. In the past I couldn't trust them not to destroy everything they got their hands on. I'm finally allowing them a little more freedom and responsibility. They are loving it! Daily they get out the construction paper, crayons, scissors, and glue sticks. You never know what they will design or invent. Yesterday Danya decided to draw a city scape complete with houses, churches, roads, and trees. Gloria is perfecting her people drawing skills. Her Grandma Nancy says that she is amazed at all the details Gloria includes in her drawings. She says the average 3 year old doesn't draw fingers, toes, eyebrows, etc. on their people. Gloria has been doing it for a long time, and I guess I hadn't really thought about it. I'm trying now to teach the girls to clean up after themselves better. They tend to leave tiny scraps of paper and crayons all over the floor, but they are getting better about it. My worst pet peeve is when they leave the caps off the glue sticks. I guess the next frontier for me will be when I start letting them have free access to their paints. But for right now I'm just working on "baby steps" like Bill Murray in "What About Bob?".