Children’s drawings provides a window into their imagination (and to their overall cognitive and social development). They create weird, strange, colourful and beautiful creatures never seen before.Many of these creations end up on the walls, fridges and work spaces. Children’s drawing makes “the world appear brighter and sunnier” says toymaker Mariken Tetteroo from Tootoys. Mariken uses children’s drawings both as inspiration and she also transforms drawings into unique toys. Having a special toy made may seem like an expensive treat but I always believed that one great toy is much better than ten. . .
Below is a selection of other ways of using and admiring children’s drawings. I hope they will inspire you to think of ways of using your child’s creations. Maybe a sewing pattern to make a cross-stitch pillow. Or print the drawing out and make a sewing card. Use a drawing to make a robot or a giant colouring in sheet.
Let’s start with some inspiration from a poem.
What’s the good of a wagon
without any dragon
to pull you for mile after mile?
An elegant lean one
a gold-tinted green one
wearing a dragonly smile.
You’ll sweep down the valleys
you’ll sail up the hills
your dragon will shine in the sun
and as you rush by
the people will cry
“I wish that my wagon had one!”
by Karla Kuskin (1932-2009)
From Polka Dot Daze
Photo: at the top Tootoys.