A couple weeks back I posted about buying paints for Little Elephant to start playing with. They haven’t arrived yet so I don’t have an update. She did, however, get an easel (both magnetic side and chalkboard side with a clip for paper) from Santa. She loved trying out the chalk and understood right away what she could do. She was a bit dismayed that I only let her have one piece of chalk the first time— we will explore color later when I am ready to keep her from coloring my whole house with chalk!
I love watching her explore the arts and I hope that this is something I can encourage for her whole childhood. I want her to try all different arts and craft from a practical perspective, but also to see art. I want to take her musicals, art fairs, museums, and architecture tours. I am not saying she will grow to be a great artist— but hopefully to at least have an appreciation and general knowledge.
Plus, as a bonus, Parenting Magazine tells me that art makes kids smarter.