Every day my toddler and I eagerly wait for his sister to step off the school bus. Every day I ask her how school went. Her answer is the same, “Great!” It’s pulling teeth to find out what happened that day at school.
Instead of giving her an interrogation each day, I’m trying a different tactic. I’m having her draw her day, a visual diary so to speak. I started my own visual diary earlier this year, and my kids love to draw and paint with me. It makes them feel all grown up.
To start a visual diary, nothing fancy is needed. All each child needs is a blank book or notebook and something to draw with. Kids love color, so pull out some colored pencils, markers or crayons. I always stock up on art supplies during the back-to-school sales. I also grab composition books. The ones with graph paper are my favorite.
While I cook dinner, the kids hang out at the dinner table. Each one has their sketchbook open with a bin of markers. I usually let them draw whatever they want. Instead of focusing on the outcome, encourage them to enjoy the creativity process.
If the kids aren’t sure where to start, ask some questions to spark their creativity:
- What color was your day? Color is a great show to express emotion and can give you an idea how your child felt about his or her day.
- Draw something fun you did today.
- What did you eat today?
- Who did you play with today and what did you play?
After a few days of drawing, both you and your children will enjoy having a record of their daily activities. Maybe you can join them too!
About Thien-Kim Lam
Frequently found burning the midnight oil with a mug of coffee, Thien-Kim Lam sneaks in her blogging time after her two young children are in bed. When she’s not blogging or making new friends on Twitter, she’s also a busy running her business as a . Passion Parties rep. Somewhere in between her kids, her husband, and her business she manages to squeeze in some art, some books, and long hot bubble baths. Read more about her Top Chef obsession as well as the fun food and crafts she does with her kids at Cup of Creativi-Tea. Her multicultural parenting musings, tech addiction, and work at home mom tips can be found at I'm Not the Nanny .