Draw, cut, glue, color, write – this is what my kids like to do.  They are creating all the time.  Today started out with some Halloween-themed post-it notes turned into portraits.

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Mr. and Mrs. Cat by Jane – I love the title and artist tag cut out of an index card.

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Mr. Frankenstein by Kate – I think those are braces on his teeth.

Their friends, Bailey and Lilly, brought them each a blank notebook when they came over for a play date this afternoon.  Everyone in this house loves a new notebook!  They took their notebooks outside with a box of markers and a bag of crayons and intermittently drew and played for three hours.

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Jane’s outdoor nature study – funny how many of these things are not natural at all…and that phonetic spelling always makes me smile.

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Jane’s self-portrait – in reality, she only has about three freckles all on her nose.

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Kate’s drawing – of what, I am not sure, but I love the color combination and she did tell me she was practicing some lower case letters.  Not too shabby for a 4 1/2 year old.

When their friends left, they moved inside.  I found this in Jane’s notebook.

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And when they were finished, they left this behind:

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I will admit that the mess drives me crazy.  It is constant.  I feel like once we get it cleaned up, it reappears almost instantly.  However, I am so happy that they are creative and that they enjoy exploring different crafts that it really doesn’t matter.  Not a bit.  They have so much still to learn and so many different doors open to them.  My wish is that they never lose this curiosity and creative spark.  I hope that they always will want to explore new media and new subjects.  That in some way, shape or form, they will always be artistic.  I know it will serve them well because it has for me.

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