Do you let your little ones help in the kitchen? I’m a fan of hands on learning (yes, we do have a membership at the Hands on Museum, how did you know?), and as Toby has gotten older, he’s been able to help more and more with some of the basic things. What does this have to do with photography? Well — directly, not much. But indirectly, lots. I’ve enjoyed observing how toddlers (well, all children, really) are always learning. They are observant, taking cues from adults and kids around them, eager to experiment with doing things themselves, and often find creative ways to accomplish a task if left to their own devices. In short, it’s all about creativity, unleashing your inner child. And that’s what we often forget once adults. How to think creatively. Photography, and all art, is really about exploring your world creatively. A fresh perspective on a “boring” subject can make all the difference in the world. And sometimes all it takes is to consider things from a different point of view (i.e. a child’s). Doesn’t this look cool??
Now that Christmas has come and gone, I can share these pictures of a top secret present being made. As I’ve mentioned earlier, this year our little one really understood the concept of giving — and so, both Mama and Daddy took turns helping him make presents for both parents. I received several lovely drawings with toddler-traced hands (so cute). And when we were deciding what to make for Daddy’s present…someone *really* loved the idea of personalized golf balls (“So Dada can golf!!!”).
It’s been so much fun crafting with my toddler lately. I found a lot of Advent and Christmas-themed craft ideas (thanks Pinterest, among other places). He has really been excited about an almost daily craft, and I’ve been grateful not to have to think up all these cute ideas myself. So far, we’ve made a family tree, a decoupaged candle holder, a “pocket” to hold promises (in our case, toddler-selected Bible verses), and today…well, we got sidetracked and just did free form painting on the computer. They learn so much from actual hands-on crafts, so I’ve been avoiding computer-related art for the most part. But I figure once in a while doesn’t hurt. He really enjoyed seeing how the “pen” made the paintbrush move and create colors on screen. Yes, I let him use my stylus and tablet; no, it didn’t get broken.