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My little artists

Drawing is a daily activity at our house. In fact, the colored pencils have a permanent spot on our dining table.

Colored pencils on the dining table

Colored pencils on the dining table

We also have markers, crayons and paint in the downstairs closet, easily accessible thanks to our IKEA storage bins. My six-year old has shown a special talent for drawing after he turned four. Since then, his drawing abilities have improved steadily and now, he gets to help out and advise his little brother. And excellent drawing skills turn into beautiful handwriting, so I can’t complain.

Today I’m using my bragging rights as a mom to display a couple of my kids’ latest masterpieces. Isn’t that what moms are for?

My youngest still has a lot of room for improvement but by now I can often figure out what he’s drawn. At four and a half years old, he mostly likes to draw dinosaurs and monsters caught in dramatic situations.

Here’s an undiscovered species of dinosaur (similar to a Tyrannosaurus Rex but with a longer neck, as he describes it), right next to an erupting volcano. The purple shapes at the bottom are the dinosaur’s eggs and you’ll notice it’s raining (a lot). All I can say is, that’s a lot of teeth!

My four year old's drawing of a dinosaur

My four year old’s drawing of a dinosaur

My six-year old drew this Puss in Boots from the latest movie when he wasn’t even six, from a small image on my cell phone. Right on!

Puss in Boots drawing by my 6-year old

Puss in Boots drawing by my 6-year old

He loves Lego Ninjago, ninjas and superheroes, so that’s usually what he draws. He also likes to draw vehicles: police cars, helicopters, submarines, you name it. What can I say, he’s a boy!

This past weekend, he drew an underwater diver digging up precious gems. The only words that came out of my mouth when I saw his finished drawing were: “This is sooooo cool!” I love the details in his drawing: the rock structure, the regulator, the diving suit and flipper color theme and patterns…

Kid art - underwater diver

Kid art – underwater diver

If he can draw like that at not even six and a half, I can’t wait to see how well he’ll be drawing in a few years. Actually, I can’t wait to see how both of them will be drawing in the future. I’ve drawn all my life too and I’m excited to see how much they like doing it. And you should see the Lego structures they create! But that’s for another post.

Do your kids have special talents? Did you have special talents as a kid? If so, do you still display your talents today?

How to ignite creativity

All kids are full of creative juices just waiting to flow.  They may not be talented at everything, but give them a box of crayons and they instantly know what to do with it. Give that box of crayons to an adult and just wait for the deer-in-the-headlight look. You want me to do what? Draw? I can’t draw. No five-year old is ever going to tell you he can’t draw.

My five-year old loves to draw every day, without prompting. He can’t wait to come back from school every day to draw with his colored pencils, since his school desk only features Crayola crayons, which are useless for any detailed drawing if you ask me. He also loves making up stories, usually involving warriors of some kind, maybe pirates or astronauts. Here’s one of his latest artistic renditions. Superman’s red laser eyes was a nice touch. I say, not bad, for a kid who’s not even six.

Superman drawing

Superman drawing

My son happens to be in a kindergarten / first grade combo class and gets to stay very busy during the day doing the kindergarten work, then the first grade work, then the optional work. After a few months of formal schooling, he’s realized he can not only draw, but also write down his thoughts and ideas.

He recently started writing a long story at school during his independent study time. He wrote it on lined paper, without drawing a single picture. He used both sides of his paper but still wasn’t done. That’s when his teacher offered him to cut up some paper and staple it together like a small book. He was thrilled and rewrote his whole story on this new book format, leaving blank pages to draw across the text. He wrote the story at school, then brought the book home and drew all the illustrations (remember, we have the good colored pencils). Here’s the front cover of “The Ninja and the Samurai” (we’re still working on spelling beyond phonics). That night he read his book to his brother and me. Sweet.

The Ninja and the Samurai book

The Ninja and the Samurai book

The next day, he brought his completed book back to school and asked his teacher if he could read it in front of the whole class. Er, how many of us adults would volunteer to read our book out loud in front of our peers? I’m sure he was beaming with pride.

Well, today his teacher came over to tell me that, by reading his book in front of the class and showing his peers how he wrote it (he used an outline, ha! Carrie at The Write Transition will love to hear that), he inspired at least half of his classmates to write their own books. How cool is that???

I thanked his teacher last week for allowing my son to write his book in class and she mentioned storywriting was an option, but no other kid took advantage of it but my son. This week he managed to inspire half his class to let their creative juices flow. Talk about positive peer influence!

Now for the sad part, I should note my son just finished writing his very first book, while I still haven’t written a single page of mine. How pathetic is that? Oh, wait a minute. I actually feel quite inspired. But let me grab a glass of wine first. I need some creative juices of my own.