...and an infinitely more agreeable child.
"Oooh! Can I see?" I asked.
He gladly handed over his creations.
"Can you tell me about these?" I queried, but he wasn't quite ready yet. I pointed to the shorter blue person. "Is this you?"
He nodded; a sheepish smile turned the corners of his mouth.
I pointed to the oval-shaped object near the mouth region of the boy figure and guessed. "Is that your tongue sticking out?"
The grin was unstoppable now.
"And is this who I think it is?" I asked as I pointed to the larger figure with the glaring face and the various marks upon its frame.
"That's you!" he exclaimed with glee. We giggled together and continued to talk--to actually talk about his feelings and about how great it was that he was able to share in this way, safe and productive.
Needless to say, I love this simple technique. It's like a little trapdoor that allows for the release of all kinds of pent-up emotion that my little guy can't quite figure out how to control, an alternative form of expression when verbal language simply doesn't suffice.
If others of you are using art in some creative way with kids, I'd love to hear about that. Or if you have any other strategies for overcoming "flat-brain syndrome" in your household, I'm eager to hear any other ideas, too. And if you come across a flat-brain (your own or someone else's) in the days ahead, feel free to give this feeling-drawing technique a try and let me know how it goes!