When I think about toddlers, I think of little bundles of energy who are always moving, impulsive, and busy. But, really, that’s just the way that Clara is. Not all toddlers are as outgoing and full of energy as she is. Thier little personalities really do express themselves very early. Even Clara’s best friend is very different from her.
M. came over this morning to play for a little bit while her mom was working. I had made a little art project for Clara to work on, so M. did it too. I cut egg shapes out of foam (more on the egg shapes on Monday) and then put contact paper to cover the middle to make Easter egg sun catchers. I gave both girls the contact paper covered egg, sticky side up, and a bowl of tissue paper and Easter basket grass scraps to collage with.
Clara’s creative process involved grabbing the biggest handful of scraps possible, then pushing the handful onto the sticky part as hard a possible. She repeated this three times in quick succession with new contact paper, then dumped the rest of the scraps on the floor. She then picked up the salt shaker, the pepper grinder, and the garlic powder from our lazy susan and tried to add some spice to the project. Then she was done and ran off to play while I hung her creations in the window.
On the other hand, M. had a very different art experience. She started by just feeling the sticky contact paper for about a minute. Then she neatly pulled out one little piece of tissue paper at a time and placed it as flatly as possible onto the contact paper. She did this about six times, then decided that that was too many pieces and took two off. Then when she saw that I was hanging Clara’s on the window, she demanded to hang hers as well. It had to go horizontally, though since that was the way it was created to go. She was completely satisfied with this minimalist creation.
I can’t wait to see how this difference in personality plays out over time in school, work, friendships, etc. They are both so different! I never thought that personality would be so definite so soon. Its amazing to watch. Everything they do is so developmentally similar, and yet so unique.