Everybody has that bit of creativity in them just waiting to be explored. This is no different for young kids who love to learn and explore new things every day and everywhere. This could be quite the headache sometimes since your kid is going to be leaving messes here and there. But don’t worry you’ll be fine (well, after a while).
The Little Artist In The House
If you come to my house these days, the table (most times, floor) might reveal lots of itty pieces of paper, which were cut by little four-year-old hands, hands that love to hold scissors. Rather than feel at all frustrated by the mess, I can’t help but enjoy the confetti-like cuteness of my smallest person mastering a new skill, and her incredibly high level of engagement with the task.
This cute little habit of hers has helped develop her motor skills very quickly and I just love watching her make letters, even if all she can make right now is the letter ‘A’. She’s so into scribbles and paper punch holes.
It’s not at all surprising then that I gravitated towards the idea of paper punching—or hole punchers in old-school vernacular. You can get them in many more shapes than a small and circular one these days. I was reminded of this through the studio blog for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (shy of a visit to Amherst, Massachusetts, this is the next best thing to playing there).
I’m not quite sure my little girl is quite up to the challenge yet, but the reminder (holes in the form of circles or hearts or stars) is on our tiny paper horizon.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer, whose work appears in the ebook anthology Welcome to My World, Brain Child Magazine & the Huffington Post, Babble & Bamboo Magazine amongst others. She does some blogging for Teen Life and keeps her blog—Standing in the Shadows—at the Valley Advocate. She and her dear husband are raising four children and enduring a great deal of chaos in the relatively sleepless process.
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