His interest was piqued after reading Stuart's Cape--the story of a junk-loving hero--fifteen times in a row.
I thought it might be a problem when he showed off his "new" backpack at preschool enrichment class. "My mom got it out of the dumpster!" he announced with pride.
Now there's no doubt: I've created a junker.
We rode along on our way to the library when a shriek broke through my Morning Edition stupor:
"Mom! Stop! Mom! You have to get it for me, you just have to!"
It was trash day. Against one can leaned a badly framed space poster, circa 1981.
"Are you sure you really, really have to have it?" I asked, jerking our wagon to the curb. I should have known. He brought the free treasure straight into his bedroom, where it dirtied the carpet with its unmatted, faux-wood grime.
"I wish that rocket had red smoke shooting out of its boosters," he mused, studying the poster yesterday.
I couldn't play LEGOs one minute more. "Why not make some fire?" I asked. "Let's get the paints!"
If your child is intimidated by composing a whole scene, let them paint OVER an existing picture as a framework.
By the time a preschooler adds his own colors and wobbly brush strokes...
you'll be looking at an original "work of art"!
Andrew and I love our messy art projects. For more "kid art" posts, browse the Art Room category on our sidebar!