A weekly series entitled "Fantastic Friday" which celebrates the spontaneous, creative thinking of S and A.
Whilst playing on the North Norfolk beach this summer, S started to make marks in the sand with his spade. What was so beautiful about this was that it came completely from himself, with no prompting.
"Guess what I am drawing mummy?"
It's here I took a moment to pause before answering. I am very aware, particularly with boys, that they can easily be put off or become negative if they think they have 'done it wrong'. What I try and instill in the boys and my children at school is that there are often multiple possibilities to drawings and stories and there is no right or wrong answer. A phrase I often use is "tell me about it" which is open and encourages a dialogue about the creation.
To this S replied "it's a tent with a flag." I could then talk about how the lines and shapes he used showed me that it was a flag whilst also dropping in some other possibilities such as "it also looks like a hat I have, which has a ribbon on the top." "Oh yes mummy, it could be, what else?" Our conversation continues as further shapes are drawn.
A long snake's head.
A very tall tree, including roots.
Train track between two holes we had dug.
S's own version of hopscotch.
A was keen to join in too. He thought a cake I had drawn looked like a crab but it needed arms so he added them on "two arm mummy".
What would you draw in the sand?