Wednesday, December 19, 2007

R. - the educator

T., R., and I were coloring a few days ago. It is our favorite thing to do together. I could color for hours. And I sometimes do. It relaxes me. On stressful days, I am usually pulling out the coloring books and crayons or colored pencils. I may keep coloring long after the kids have moved on to tv or puzzles.

The best conversations usually crop up while we are coloring. We all seem to just start talking. The banter flows. I learn a lot from my kids during our creative sessions. They loosen up and before you know it they are filling me in on all the happenings of their lives. It's so much better than when I ask, "What did you do today?" That question is usually answered with a, "Nothing."

Yes, I believe bringing out the artist in them gets the gears in their minds turning. Not only do they talk to me, they make me laugh too. It's hilarious to find out what goes on in their little heads.

"Mommy, can I have the brown crayon?" asked R.

"Sure, sweetie!" I reply as I look over at the picture she is working on. It is a Farmer and a horse.

"Are you going to color the horse brown?" I asked.

"No."

"Well, that's okay, use your imagination and color it any way you'd like." I always tell the kids they should color this way. I encourage them to be creative. If you want to color a dog purple with green hair, go for it!

"I am coloring brown on the Farmer. Because you know ALL Farmers are Brown!" she announces.

"Oh, yea, right. I knew that!"

9 comments:

Sugar Kane said...

Cute. It's funny how kids view color. Magoo was mad he had to be a pilgrim and not an indian for his class Thanksgiving party. His reason? Pilgrims are not brown. Indians are.

Maria said...

I love to color too. I have a very secret passion of Barbie coloring books. I love to try different hair colors, etc. Liv likes to just color freehand, but I like a good thick Barbie coloring book!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I love it! I love to color, too. Right now Miss C has to dictate to Miss A not to "scribble scrabble." ;)

Zephra said...

I thought I was the only one who loved to color with the kids.

meleah rebeccah said...

I wish my son still wanted to color with me.....

Linda R. Moore said...

* chuckle * Good for you.

Have you ever come across the anti coloring books? They start off an image but have the kid complete the drawing from the idea that's started. And then they color that. I used to love them. :)

Christine said...

I love coloring with my kids, too. My husband does as well...but he can get all serious about his colors and won't share. Seriously.

EE said...

Very cute!
I love to color, but hate having to stay in the lines.

Mama Zen said...

I love when they deliver comments like that in that wonderful "duh, Mom" tone!