The Loon on the Moon

17 10 2011

One of the hardest things I’ve had to accept as being a parent is that plans change. Whilst children need routines they’re not predictable themselves. Some days they’re interested in what you’ve got planned and other days they give you a vision of what it’s going to be like in ten years time when your baby is a teenager. I had a plan to do more autumn activities today and to go to playgroup but LBM just turned his nose up at both ideas. Mmmm – change of plan required with an unresponsive teenager in the house.  Whilst lounging in front of the TV though Mister Maker showed how to make pictures using chalk and black paper and LBM showed an interest. The moon was also visible in the sky even though the sun was shining so a quick change of plan and I decided to set up a Loon on the Moon activity. He loves this book because there are Vimtingles from Venus who’s bottoms drop off because they laugh too much.

A selection of metallic markers, oil pastels, star filled glue and gel felt tips that stand out on black paper were laid out. (I don’t think the pictures are very good but that’s because the screen on the back of my camera’s not working well after the cat was sick on it. Oh the trials and tribulations of family life…)

 

Anyway – this activity was a good one for developing pen skills and learning about the solar system whilst listening to the story. He used a large cookie cutter to make the moon shape  and a metallic pen to fill it. This kind of thing is hard work for little hands still developing pen control but it meant he could make a full moon shape by himself (with some help from me holding it still.) This kind of thing is important to him as he doesn’t like going over lines and wants to be able to draw the right shape. This way I wasn’t drawing it for him but he got a good result.

 

After that he simply used the pen to make the journey the Loon on the Moon does in his Loonzoomer which actually makes this an important drawing. Scribbling actions is really important – especially to boys. Boys often don’t draw lovely representational pictures with recognisable faces and shapes. Many people find this hard to understand as they expect to be able to see something. A page of scribble or lots of layers of paint aren’t what many parents want to put on the fridge door. But LBM’s final picture had lots of complexity to it. He was retelling the story as he drew, the line visited the different characters that live on different planets, the Loonzoomer went fast and slow, round and round, it made noises and it collected dreams as it went round. There was more to it than if he had just drawn a picture of the moon with an alien next to it. So if you have boys and were expecting to see nice pictures then look a little deeper and you’ll find out more than the picture tells you. I know a picture can paint a thousand words so you just have to listen as they draw to hear all the words in the picture.

I’m off to see what else we can do today but as LBM is still in his pajamas at 11:30am we’re definitely not going to playgroup. My toddler really is giving me more than a little insight into our future family life with a teenager though!

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