A while back I bought a large sketch book for Jack. I had a writing ritual that I was envisioning, but, as often happens, he had a completely different idea for the book. And, as also often happens, his idea blew mine out of the water.
You see, he decided he wanted to make his own 'blog,' but in notebook form. Hmmm. I would like to say he was inspired by my blogger-ly pursuits. Alas, no. He was actually referencing a Disney flick we watched one movie night, called Harriet the Spy Blog Wars in which Harriet is the class blogger. Unlike Harriet's blog about pre-teen angst, however, Jack decided his blog was going to be about LEGO Star Wars, one of his 'passions' (in his words).
For each blog 'post' he chooses a LEGO Star Wars figure, and writes the character's name on the top of a blank page. Then I help him outline a jumbo-sized version of the figure in pencil. He then re-outlines it in crayon, and colors it in, according to his very exacting specifications. When he's done, he wonders, excitedly, how many 'hits' this particular post is going to get. It's ridiculously adorable and so refreshingly low-tech, despite his precocious labeling of it.
And, you know that I am in my glory too: there is writing involved, the tracing of the lines works on eye-hand coordination, and the coloring of such a large picture is a great workout for little hand muscles. But best of all, I love that it's a ritual that gives him immense joy, so much so that he asks to do it every day ("Mom, you wanna blog with me?" ...or... "Do you think Dad will blog with me tonight before bedtime?"). Well, of course!
An activity of his own invention, fueled by his own motivations -- so very self-satisfying and habit-forming, in such a good way.
And what a cool keepsake it will be! What boy wouldn't be proud of his first LEGO Star Wars blog?
Do your kids have any little writing projects they are particularly attached to lately? Please share -- let us know in the comments or email me pictures or links if you would like me to share them with everyone here. I'm sure we will all be inspired!