When I was working on my post about 5 Easy Christmas Ornaments, I noticed something very interesting. My daughter, who is now 4 and a half, painted several wooden Christmas ornaments. While she was working on them, it hit me what a difference a year had made in terms of her painting ability. Now, don't misunderstand. I have zero motivation for her to become an award-winning artist, unless that is something loves of course, but look at the stark difference. Here is her ornament from this year. Pay special attention to the top star. First she painted the exterior in green and then she painted the inside of the star yellow. She even painted the individual circles in yellow instead of having that entire area be green:
That may not seem like a huge deal, but look at her tree from last year. Same exact idea. Just a wooden tree ornament but with this one, she basically just mixed everything together and didn't have the fine motor control to make separate color regions at all.
I am truly amazed at what a difference a year can make in a child's life! Merry Christmas to all if I don't talk to you before then!! :-)
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