It took me a while to notice but my kids have stopped drawing and painting! Dan used to draw very regularly--mostly vehicles, but sometimes dinosaurs or animals. We even borrowed books from the library, the sort that show kids how to draw step by step. He would follow along avidly. Here are some of his drawings from just earlier this year. But some time in June/July, Dan started getting into art and craft. I think it started with Grandma and origami. Then, it became full blown art and craft, with the emphasis on craft.
These days, it is not uncommon to see the boys taking empty boxes, toilet rolls, tissue boxes, plastic cartons, foam, and even, pencils, satay sticks, bits of scrap card board and old bottle caps, and whatever they can get their hands on, and sticking everything together to form... whatever comes to mind! Here is a boat that Dan did. Not bad le. But quite hard to store. They have done numerous (really ugly and bulky) crafts which I for the life of me, just can't figure out... spaceships made of plastic fruit cartons, wallets made out of cardboard & duck tape, and a submarine from cardboard, with magnets that will "enable the submarine to sink". ???!!!
It's mostly Daniel, to be clear. Ben just follows along. When I asked Daniel why he no longer draws, he proclaims, "It's because I'm now interested in Science, not art!" Indeed, most of his craft have a "sciency" purpose. For the boat in the picture, he asked me to "waterproof" the bottom so that he could see if it would flloat in the baby's bathtub. ... I obliged--sticking copious amounts of scotch tape and duck tape on the bottom. When I got tired, I made him do it himself. And don't even get me started on all his "experiments"--which are really not very logical at all. They involve balloons, straws, and sometimes, to my horror, a LOT of water...
Don't get me wrong. I'm quite happy to stoke his interests & help him along, but it's hard when you're breastfeeding and your other kid is asking you for more duck tape !! Hahaha... no la. I'm happy he's got a lively mind. And this Christmas, I am planning to get him his first Science Kit!
Does anybody know of any good craft projects for boys? Or any craft kits for boys? Ugly craft aside, it might be good for Dan and Ben to make something somewhat pretty and presentable for a change!