Talking to your child about his creation

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by April 19, 2012 in Art to Art

He lifts his head up and looks at you. The blue and the yellow pencil strokes random and haphazard fill the paper in front of him. He is proud of his creation, you can see it in his tiny eyes.

The critic in you wants to say a lot. Lot more than the child wants to hear and even needs to hear at this stage. But of course you can’t be all happy and excited about it. Wow! What a lovely drawing…you are so good…all this meaningless talk will not help the little artist either.

The best bet is to start a conversation around it. Ask him to tell you more about it, but do not ask him what he has made…unless you want the story teller in him to run away and hide somewhere.

Would you like to tell me more about this tiny shape you have here? I think it looks like a tendril. Where did you see that? You know why plants need it? And so on and so forth…let him weave the story…let his imagination run ‘freely’ and yours too :)

Somewhere I read, that your imagination is the best gift you will ever receive. How true! Just imagine!!

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