One of the best parts of Ania’s development right now is her love of drawing and creating. The reports from preschool have always reflected her inclination towards the arts and crafts even from when she was 2 – but now that her attention span and coordination and manual dexterity has developed so much more, we’re really able to witness that it’s not only something that she does to pass the time at dagis – but she really, truly just loves to make stuff.
Drawing is literally often the first and last thing she wants to do most days. It’s so fun and fascinating to see what constitutes her visual vocabulary – current motifs are butterflies, rainbows, people, princesses, houses, castles, hearts, rocket ships, and general landscapes with skies, suns, and grass. The simple joy of this little universe is so lovely and so innocent, that it can sometimes almost break my heart thinking about how fleeting and impermanent this state of pure, genuine sweetness is. She is incredibly productive, and I often wonder how amazing it would be if only I could be that creatively prolific! Her range of mediums is rapidly expanding too, in both 2D and 3D – cutting, gluing, glittering, collaging, taping, tying, beading, and “decorating”. Writing is also a new hobby – sometimes asking us to spell out quite long and complicated sentences to write “letters” to people, other times copying the text from food packages lying around the kitchen. And last but not least, she got her first set of real Lego at Christmas, finally graduating from Duplo. And that’s been a huge success too. They’ve expanded the colours since we were kids, so now there’s a brighter palette including pinks and purples, together with little eye-parts that you can make faces with – a nice touch which even I can appreciate! Still such a great toy.
And then there’s this recent awareness of “design”. I was amused and surprised when one day, I asked Ania what she was drawing, and she responded matter-of-factly – “Mamma, I’m doing fashion design.” I certainly did not know what fashion design was when I was 4. And even though one might think it’s a natural consequence of being raised by 2 designers – apparently it was actually Strawberry Shortcake who introduced her to the concept. One of her other latest favourites is a show called “Fixa Rummet”, which is essentially a home makeover/interior design show, in which kids fix up and redecorate their bedrooms. Notable not only for the subject matter, but also because it’s one of the first non-animated programs that Ania has shown any interest in. She will actually sit and watch, riveted, as they demonstrate how to hang shelves and explain the importance of using wall plugs. At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if next I discover her starting her own Pinterest account!