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
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 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
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
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?