Lately Oliver is easily occupied with one of two things: play dough and coloring. So in between all of the snowy outside fun on the weekend, that’s largely what we did!
I’m really impressed with Oliver’s coloring lately. Instead of just scribbling over the entire page, he is focusing on smaller areas and doing a really good job at staying in between the lines. We have some of those giant fold-out coloring pages (Cars, of course) and he will ask for the same one over and over until there is hardly a wait space left.
Then, on Saturday, Oliver started drawing circles. Better-than-I-expected circles. When I asked him what they were, he said “eyes”. Then he drew a big smile. I asked him about the nose and he added it. Then I said, “Maybe you could add some legs”. So he did.
And here is the result.
I don’t know if this is coming early or late, developmentally speaking, but I was pretty much blown away by that little drawing – like over-the-top and in-only-a-way-a-mother-can-understand proud. Not only is he managing the marker really well, this was the first time he’s drawn something on his own (or at least something that isn’t hiding in a mess of scribbles and that only he can see).
Oh, the small things it takes for a mother to be impressed. I just love seeing them learn these little things.
Then we have Emery who isn’t using markers yet and who I thought was also too little for play dough, for the simple reason that it would likely end up in his mouth. But he sat at the table and poked things in and out of this bucket of play dough for an hour or so. An hour! So I was pretty impressed by him too. I think he was mostly quite happy to be playing at the table with Oliver.
And he only tasted it a couple of times. Yuck … salty! (Also notice how my four colors of homemade play dough are now one big mountain of grey).
This pic really has nothing to do with Saturday. I just found it on my camera. What a goof.