Sunday, December 11, 2011

Imperfectly Beautiful Art

It's that time of year again where homemade crafts from children are in abundance.  In my house our Christmas decoration boxes include the crafts made in years past and each year we add more.  This year the girls are just shy of age 6 and a solid age 4.   My {almost} 6 year old is a veteran crafter - she crafts often and with the speed of the RoadRunner, making it challenging to keep enough supplies and ideas in the house to satisfy her.  I love seeing her artwork evolve over time and this year her crafts are getting more refined and meaningful and she often has a story to share about each of her crafts - what each color means, why she chose certain shapes, etc.  It's wonderful seeing the more thoughtful side of her crafting develop and I find each one is a little treasure, freely given away to others and made with so much love.  

Crafting with my 4 year old is a much different experience.  She has challenges with all her motor skills so crafting is more work than fun for her.  With fine motor skills that are primitive at best, she is usually more content at watching others craft instead of participating.  But lately she is getting more interested!  She is focusing and trying hard to work on the craft projects.  I've seen this at home and they've reported seeing it at school, too.  With this interest she is getting better at helping with the crafts.  I no longer open her school folder and find projects that were clearly made by someone other than Emma.  Instead I am finding works of art with smears and scribbles and misplaced stickers.  It's wonderful!  I love the preschool art in all its imperfect beauty!  

I look forward to adding more art treasures to our keepsake collection as the holiday season continues.  I know that they will bring smiles to my face for years to come as I recall these precious younger years when there is incredible beauty in the art made by little hands.  


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