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I just came back from visiting family and thinking how pages from a coloring book completely changes the activity. I have only provided blank paper for my kids at home and here a family member gave my poor son a coloring book. He was sitting with the predrawn coloring page having a 20 minute hysterical fit because he couldn't keep the marks in the lines, though he will sit for an hour with blank paper and not make a peep. It is very striking to me how such a seemingly innocent act can shift the focus so dramatically.
I never thought about that! I can see my son getting that way in another year or two. He's a very black and white kind of kid about certain thinks. Wants to do it JUST RIGHT. (We're working on that.) I've always just taped a big chunk from a roll of paper on the table and let him go nuts. Coloring books just seem like a waste of money to me. Esp this age where he'd probably just scribble a few lines on each page. He has way more fun with a big roll of paper. And if I want to preserve some of his drawings, I just cut them out of the roll.
ps. I've seen that commercial and it's CREEPY. Break the tv trance with sugary donuts! :P Not that we never do junk food or anything, but it's a strange commercial nonetheless.
homemaker mama to and due in March
2.what is up with our society and children's imagination?!
my dh and i had ot go to an interview for his recruiting job the other day and a woman he works with watched our 3yo dd (while my baby came with us). my 3yo had a bag filled with snacks,water,toys,crafts,blank paper,crayons scissors..everything. she was all set!
well we come back from the interview and she has some talking toy in her hands and coloring book pages in front of her. no biggie
this lady watched her for us out of the kindness of her heart so of course i didn't say anything but it really made me think, why did she feel the need ot do that? what is it with our society? why does everyone feel that kids can't have imaginations or creatvity on their own and need something to do it for them?
anyways just had to share!
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