(A bit like this blog, really – you never know what you’re going to get)
When it comes to his art & craft, Mr.4 likes to give everything a go, which is great. So it’s always interesting to see what new creation he’s going to present me with when I pick him up from kinder.
Some days, we get detailed drawings of people (I particularly like how the stick arms protrude from the side of the head); pictures of gardens complete with rainbow, sun, flowers and grass. Abstract works that personally I think could rival some I’ve seen in contemporary art museums…
And then, there are Mr.4’s ‘wee-machine’ and ‘poo-machine’ creations.
It’s well-documented that boys experience a surge in testosterone around ages 4 and 10. Now I’m no child psychologist, but I suspect when Mr.4’s in a wee or poo-machine-making frame of mind, there may be a bit of fresh testosterone pulsating around his little body. Hormones, eh?
This week was definitely a ‘wee machine’ kind of week here. Mr.4 was on fire: riding his bike faster than I’d ever seen before…catapulting himself off the coffee table onto the sofa, a la Captain Mack (his favourite superhero)…sprinting around pretending to be a bullet train…deciding he just had to climb up our car and sit on the roof…
Yes, it was one of those non-stop, narrowly-avoiding-serious-injury kind of weeks.
So when I collected him from kinder on Wednesday, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when he produced an elaborate box & sticky tape creation, with a few feathers and a lot of hearts for decoration. The boxes represent the different ‘parts’ of the machine:
“Mum! Hi Mum!” “Look what I made!”
“Oh, what’s that James?” (let me guess, a wee or poo machine?)
“It’s a WEE machine!!”
“Wow, that is amazing! Looks like it would have taken you all day to make. How long did it take you to finish?”
“It me took exactly 40 MILES!!”
“Oh, just like Mr. Tall! It took you 40 miles to make it?” (Mr. Tall is a Mr. Men book, and Mr. Tall walks 40 miles in four minutes).
“Yep. And it’s a wee machine, and if you are naughty, it will SPURT WEE OUT AT YOU and SHOOT YOU IN THE EYE WITH IT!”
“Oh gee, well I’d better be careful then, hadn’t I..?”
“Yeah!! C’mon let’s go!”
They’re just absolutely awesome, aren’t they? 🙂
What kind of wonderous creations has your boy made for you? Or has your little girl made you a wee machine?