So, I've kind of given up on the 12 days of Christmas thing - Riley just didn't want to know. I'm hoping I can get a few vaguely festive art ideas in over the next 2 weeks, but nothing like I had planned. Today (in the interests of vague festivity) I gave him some chalks and dark paper so he could draw 'snowflakes'. However he got really cross as the chalk wouldn't go on smoothly. I don't know if we've just got awful quality chalks or if there's some trick we don't know, but he gave up after 2 minutes as it wouldn't do what he wanted. So I gave him some markers and used a trick I saw on the Artful Parent ages ago where you cut a shape out of the paper to encourage creativity. He did one weird face (the photos came out all blurry - don't know why), and this dot creation:
He counted each dot as he did it - right up to 114! While he was doing this I gave Freya some paper and crayons, though at the moment she's obsessed with taking the crayons out of the pouch and then putting them back in. The few marks she made she was very impressed with though!