For Christmas Claire got a great big easel with a chalk board on one side and a dry erase board on the other. It gets used a lot so I guess it was a fine substitute for the kitchen set that just didn't happen. (Long, long story short I find the plastic kitchens rather ugly and the wooden ones...especially this one...so precious but also very pricey. I have since found some nifty diy ones on the web so she may get a kitchen set yet :-)
Anyway, the easel is enjoyed on a regular basis and she has even started writing her letters and is learning to spell her name. What has been interesting to watch is her progress. Here's a little back story...in all his older brother wisdom and helpfulness, Sam had pointed out to Claire on her first drawing that arms didn't come out of a person's head. So back to the drawing board she went. She was quite proud and after
covering his mouth shushing Sam so he would stop offering drawing advice, I snapped this picture. Those weird ear shaped things?Those are shoulders. And of course those lines are the arms which are no longer sprouting off of the head.
Then over the weekend she drew another person. This time minus the weird shoulder/ear deformity. She was very precise on coloring in the skirt.