I found it interesting that many parents struggle with letting go of the need for a child’s creative project to look like their own preconceived, adult ideal. To be honest with you, I think a child’s visual interpretation of their world is so much more interesting than an adult’s! This week I found Immy busy at her drawing table making drawing after drawing of trains (see above). Each train was drawn with a different coloured pencil to represent the different characters of Thomas the Tank Engine, a program which I don’t think she has ever really seen a whole episode of, but which had clearly captured her imagination on this occasion.
She kept asking me what the names of the trains were and which colour each was. And once we had exhausted all of the most obvious characters, we went online (thanks the the suggestion of friends of the C101 Facebook page) and looked at which we had missed. Which led to even more train drawings (I cannot show you them all because they are drawn very lightly with coloured pencil and are difficult to photograph en masse). Once all of the trains were drawn she started drawing passengers, one for each train…
These were drawn in felt tipped pen so much easier to photograph This one is my personal favourite…
Letting children have free, regular access to basic creative materials like paper, pencils and felt tipped pens encourages them to use these tools to express their own ideas, in their own time and in their own way which is why we have a small dedicated art space within our home.
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