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Mon, 01-14-2013 - 8:49pm

This is just a random question .... DS is a remarkably good independent player. He will entertain himself for long stretches of time with little or no encouragement. However, when I am trying to play with him doing things like puzzles or drawing or play-doh - he mostly just wants me to do it and he watches. "Mommy draw a fish!" On his own he will draw things that are actually somewhat recognizable. But if I am there he doesn't want to even try or even just color in somethign that I made the outline of. Is this common? How can I encourage the creativity without just leaving him to play by himself (not that he will always)? He is also not interested in trying to draw letters or numbers for the most part though he has been interested before. 

Siggie
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Registered: 11-05-2008
Sat, 01-19-2013 - 5:09pm

Thanks!

Siggie
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 01-15-2013 - 4:46pm
I think its pretty common still at this age. They very much "play" side by side, or tend to either watch someone else or take control. They are still learning how to play together.
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Tue, 01-15-2013 - 12:06pm

It actually sounds like he's doing great in the creativity depatrment to me. Playing by himself for long stretches of time is REALLY good, especially at this age. My son always wanted me to watch me do things too- I think it's totally normal. I liked "watching" the little wheels turn in his head and he observed me making things out of play-doh. Smile

Lisa