Thursday, August 26, 2010

Craftiness For Dessert

Most nights, after dinner and before Charlotte’s bath, we clear the dinner plates and delve into Charlotte’s art supplies. Whether it’s coloring with crayons, drawing with chalk or making something with play-dough it’s a fun time for all of us. We do this so often that we just pile the supplies into a basket that we leave on the dinner table 24-7. (It’s also really great for me to be able to keep an eye on Charlotte when she is feeling creative and I need to be in the kitchen cooking/cleaning/baking) Charlotte is the director and she decides what we are going to play with and then lets us know when she is ready to move onto the next creative medium. She will also tell us which coloring books and color chalk/crayons we can use - I think she likes being in charge.

Anyway, the reason I decided to do a post on this everyday “event” is that tonight is just struck me how much we ALL enjoy this creative time. Please note on the picture that Wayne is as much into coloring Oscar The Grouch as Charlotte is with her Thanksgiving themed coloring book. I have to admit that I was going to town coloring my Christmas elves too!
Tonight Charlotte insisted that she NEEDED to draw a picture for “Uncle” Kevin to “make him happy”. So sweet! In the picture you can see Wayne on the phone; he is calling Kevin because Charlotte wanted to tell Kevin about the picture she drew him. His picture is the one you can see right next to Charlotte’s elbow.

As a side note I have to say that I am really amazed by how much Charlotte has developed with her coloring and drawing over that past, I guess, six months. Now she really uses a lot of colors and “fills” the entire page instead of the more sparse pictures she was doing just a few months ago. It’s so neat to see her skills and interests develop.

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