Monday, August 22, 2011

Magic Marker Monday

Esmé is, shall we say, a RE-LUUUC-TANT reader and writer, so much so that I occasionally wonder if I’m a delusional parent as far as her abilities are concerned. 

And then she writes stuff like this under the menu on the fridge – which, by the way, we had just filled in with “healthy foods that she promises to eat this week.”

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There aren’t any Fruit Loops boxes in the kitchen for her to copy off of – honest!

And there are her random 3D creations that I absolutely adore stumbling across.  Like this  castle made of styrofoam packing and sharp pencils on our bedroom floor:

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Or this pet “water bird” made from kitchen tongs and a wooden spatula, complete with a soup ladle to sip water out of:

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So, what kind of mischief magic has your little one been creating lately?  Come share at 5 Minutes for Special Needs!


It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

~Pablo Picasso


Annette W. said...

Oh, that is funny.

We don't buy "kid" cereals...the ones loaded with sugar. However, about 6 months ago when M was shopping with her dad, she read the word "POPS" on a cereal box...and got to bring it home. Boy was that a treat...and we had to clarify that it was a one time thing. :)

Giggly Girls said...


We don't usually buy sugar cereals often, maybe a couple of times a year.

ShEiLa said...

I don't know what my Miss Maddy has been up to lately... but I will find out as I am headed over tomorrow to help my son manage things while his wife goes to visit her brother for almost a week.

Miss Esme seems most inventive... and fond of fruit loops. *Ü* Maybe I should take a box to Madison... however her Dad might not like it... oh well I am that Grammy that is what I do.


Mary @ Parenthood said...

Extremely creative use of packing materials. Were they being saved for art projects or co-opted? I should keep some of that stuff around!

Julieanne said...

We only buy sugar cereals 2-3 times a year, too. Esme is too funny!

I wouldn't say that she's a reluctant writer - she's only 4, right?

That's completely normal at age 4!

Now if she was still not wanting to write at age 10, that would be different...


Mike and Katie said...

I was going to say the same thing, Julieanne. I hoped to get Amanda reading by four since my second son started reading that early. I was lamenting her progress and a friend said, "Don't worry until she's nine."

Lynx said...

I agree. If she's reading or writing anything at 4, that is great. Kids that age prefer to me more physically interactively active, rather than merely intellectual. She'll read when she wants to. I teach cram school, some of the kids are under age 6. They can write and read perfectly, but only do so when there is a competition, otherwise you'd think they didn't even know the alphabet, they act so slow. My daughter is 4, I haven't taught her to read or write at all, she can almost write her name, and she's been reading. Only thing I did was sing the phonics alphabet sometimes. Kids will pick it up naturally in a family who reads together (aloud). My experience is: don't push too hard, too young or the kids will burn out before they reach 4th grade. My 2 cents worth.

Childlife said...

My, but she's a creative one, isn't she? :D

I especially love the water bird -- that's just priceless!

And who wouldn't want a few fruit loops along with all those walnuts and lettuce leaves? Like the way that girl thinks! ;)

~Michelle @ 5MFSN