For some time now, one of Emma and Annabelle's favorite things to do is to color. Almost immediately after breakfast, they can be found sitting at the bar, paper and colors in front of them, drawing away with admirable focus. And the colors and paper stay out pretty much throughout the day-- I've found there is no use in putting them away before the girls go to bed, because they will only haul them back out from the cupboard at some point. They literally use them all day long.
And while they do enjoy a good coloring book every once in a while, they really prefer plain white paper upon which they can scribble and draw anything they want. (In fact, even when they do use coloring books I always find drawings of their own written over the already-printed ones!) I encourage such creativity, but I have to say that the amount of pieces of white paper they go through in a day becomes quite the little pile-- I'm sometimes a bit at a loss as to WHAT to do with all those drawings. And we are certainly no friend of the trees... ah well, what is the environment after all when young minds are using their imagination and creating such masterpieces as these?
Here is Emma's version of a princess on a horse, riding into a castle:
And this is Annabelle's depiction of a party:
All of us, on a bus! By Emma, of course:
Could this little curly-haired girl be a self-portrait by "Annabelle Fluffyhead"?
Emma drew this picture and told me it was "Charlie and Lola" holding pictures of kitty-cats. (side note: how CUTE are her birds?? I love them)
As you can see, Annabelle also tends to draw in the more abstract form. I love the colors here:
I really, really love to see how their pictures have evolved and changed over time as they've gotten better at drawing and their imaginations take on new flights of fancy. Emma's especially seem to change from day to day. One day, her people look like this (a girl picking apples):
And the next day, they've taken on a whole new face!
I think this little red-clad girl with her tongue sticking out is one of my personal favorites:
What will their little minds think of and their busy hands create next? I can't wait to see!