With Soren, some of my trouble is that I've been burned so many times when setting up activities for him. Laying out paper, paints, and other materials I think he'd enjoy often resulted in 20 minutes of preparation and 2 minutes of activity. And usually that activity involved a huge mess of glue and paper bits.
Notice I say "MY trouble", as it's certainly my issue, wanting to impose my idea of creativity on him. You'd think my training as an art teacher would have helped, but sometimes I think it hinders things a bit. In theory, I wholeheartedly endorse the exploration of art materials and process over a cutesy end product. However, I still enjoy coming up with activities that have a little more structure or some new material to try out, or maybe something related to an upcoming holiday.
Yesterday when packing up for a trip to see the grandparents, Soren insisted on wanting to make a volcano with glue, paper, a stapler, paint and twine. I was utterly confused by what he was asking, and snapped at him to just get his shoes on, that we were leaving soon. Thankfully Chris took the time to listen to his request, and helped him create what he envisioned, all while holding Jude.
|The boys love when Chris "feeds" them ice.|
His view of the world is intriguing, so much so that I've given him my old point-and-shoot camera (the phone has now taken its place--thanks for the idea Erin). While many of the photos are blurry, some of them are quite interesting.
I hope your week brings some valuable insight from your littlest guides. Follow those leads!