Preschool Picasso

One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong...

Guess which reindeer was made by MY DAUGHTER?  Ok, I made it easy... I put a ribbon on it.  I couldn't resist!  To say that we are incredibly proud of this preschool art project would be an understatement.  In fact, my husband and I made a point to stand in the preschool hallway on multiple Sundays (she happens to attend a preschool which resides in our church) and point it out to people.  My mother dubbed her "the Picasso of Preschool" and we wanted to yell it from the rooftops!

Now, I am not an expert on art or how child development and art intersect, but I am an expert on creativity (and awesomeness).  I just want to yell "NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORNER!"  every time I look at these (that quote is from Dirty Dancing which has nothing to do with this blog post except that my baby is daring and unique and creative...and awesome).

If I could rid the world of cookie cutter art projects/ Oriental Trading prefab garbage/ teaching kids there is only one right way, I would!  Fortunately, Hazel seems to know this without my having to teach it...or maybe I did?

One of our favorite books is Willow by Brennan-Nelson.  I discovered it in a list of recommended books for independent young girls.  It is truly fabulous.  Willow doesn't paint red apples on green trees, as much as the teacher tries to force her to.  In the end, Willow changes her school and it is a much happier, creative, unique world.

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Whether because of this book or because of her own idea of what this reindeer should look like, Hazel broke away from the mould!  These art projects were displayed in the hallway.  She is the first, the others lined up after her like the most boring parade in existence.  I don't mean to demean the work of the other 4-year-olds.  They did a great job replicating the teacher's example.  But man-oh-man am I excited to see where my independent spirit ends up!

post note:  I assume that many people would react quite opposite to discover their child's art project looks drastically different from the rest of the group.  I think God knew what he was doing when he gave Hazel and I (and her father who grinned ear-to-ear when he saw the line-up) to each other.

Also, I must admit to giving in to prefab art projects many times and my kids love them... Though my mom always "tsks" and mumbles about creativity.

Also, this isn't meant to be a critique of their preschool art projects, they are always adorable and let creativity like this happen!


  1. I LOVE it! Go Hazel!! I hope she continues to think 'outside the box' and creatively! I think this has something to do with parenting... I'll be send my future children your way. With a scientist and an engineer they are going to need some creative lessons! ;)

    1. PUH LEEZE...your future children will have their nursery on a sailboat. They won't ever even hear the world "normal"! And yes, please send them to me for a few weeks each year... my (pseudo/ future) nieces and nephews are spread all over the world and I have major issues with that!

    2. Or maybe by the time we have kids Hazel can teach them!

    3. Perfect! Hazel and Heidi can spend their summer breaks working.... I mean hanging out on our boat! What is "normal" anyway?

  2. I LOVE Hazel's reindeer! Cookie cutter is bad!!! I remember studying that in college (it is my degree:P) and trying to let kids be their own artist (granted they were 2 y/o) in daycare. But parents just don't get it, and want the projects to look perfect! So annoying. Hazel did an awesome job, and I'm so proud you and Jake agree!!!


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