Joe is not a crafty boy. As a toddler he was never interested in colouring and that seems to have followed through in that he is, for the most part, not very interested in using any kind of writing/drawing implement. He's also not very keen on getting messy (gluey fingers, that kind of thing.) That caused problems in school but now that he is home I am trying not to get too hung up on the lack of "written work" and instead am just trying to encourage him to use his hands in other creative ways. I think he wants to be creative, he certainly likes looking through the huge selection of craft books that I have purchased over the years, and whilst he will sometimes say to me "can we make that?", often when it comes to it he is just not interested in joining in, or just wants me to do it all for him.
Some of our craft books.
But I am persevering. I continue to buy crafty books, and I have discovered loads of blogs and websites dedicated to crafts for children, which I am showing to him in the hope of sparking an interest. (FYI, I am trying to compile a list so that I can put them all on a page here to share with anyone who's interested.) And sometimes you just have to get on and start doing an activity yourself, with the hope that, once he sees you, he will join in. That's what I did today. I had bought some new paints so I got them out, set out paper, brushes and water and started painting. Sure enough, he came over, joined in (I think the lure of fresh, new paints may have helped a bit!) and painted a picture.
The totally unimaginitive effort at the top is mine, and the bottom one is Joe's. It's a picture of a green and blue wisp (characters from a Sonic video game, of course!) and "the green one is having fun". It made me so happy to see him absorbed in this activity, even if it did only take him 10 minutes. I just need to remember to do this more often.