One of Ember's favourite things to do when she comes into my office is to draw pictures on scrap paper using my highlighters. She drew me one the other morning, and it's interesting to see how her drawing skills are developing - instead of random scribbles she now has a much clearer idea of what she is drawing. Sometimes it's even clear to other people!
This was a recent 'masterpiece':
When she finished it, she showed it to me and I talked to her about it, as I always try to do...
Me: I like your picture Ember. I can see the grass down here, and a yellow sun, and is this another sun?
Em: Yes, that's the blue sun.
Me: Wow, it'd be nice to have two suns, wouldn't it? And what about this pink thing in the middle, can you tell me about that? It looks a little bit like a cat to me. Is it a cat?
[with some kids you wouldn't want to say this as they would get offended that you couldn't tell what it was. However, Ember quite often doesn't decide what something is until she's finished drawing it and sees what it looks like, so she's usually open to suggestions!]
Em: No, that's the killing thing.
Me: The killing thing?
Em: Yes, that's the killing thing that kills all the naughty animals.
Me: Oh dear, that doesn't sound very nice.
Em: (sounding cross) No, it only kills the naughty ones!
Me: Well, I don't really like to kill any animals - we don't have to just kill anything naughty, do we?
Em: Yes, that pink one kills the naughty animals, and the blue one kills the nice animals!
I decided not to go any further with that conversation... I blame Simon for letting her watch Ben10!