All my kids love to draw. Usually this is an act of the moment that isn’t thought through very well – They grab the materials at hand and go for it.
No problem with this, only that the most convenient paper to hand tends to be printer paper.
In the past I found this really annoying and I set out to teach the kids that this paper was not for drawing. It seemed like the right thing to do – until my son stopped drawing altogether. This may not have had anything to do with the availability of paper…or it may have.
Kathy Eugster a “Certified Play Therapist” (which sounds like fun!) says that “Even though it is important to encourage your child to help in cleaning up the toys, it is your job to provide your child with a clean and organized play space and with the necessary toys and materials for creative and imaginative play.” Google tells me that Kathy’s opinion on such things ranks very highly.
My youngest daughter does her best to ask for art materials. Sometimes she has them, sometimes she doesn’t, and the printer paper goes missing. And now that’s ok with me! She is unaware that I have a new rule :
“Let her draw – it’s only printer paper.”
Also she’s unaware that I have a hidden ream of printer paper in the cupboard. 😉
For more information, take a look at Kathy’s article on her website at http://www.kathyeugster.com/articles/article007.htm