Meredith has been enjoying painting and other arts and crafts a lot lately. But she seems to especially like painting right now. We got some primary-coloured tempura paints free from a local homeschooler. I add the colours in the sections of an egg carton, and as she paints she tends to mix them all up, ending up with varying shades of brown. I never thought much of it before. Then yesterday, she asked to paint, and as normal I got out the paints and started squirting them into the egg carton. She pointed to one and said: “Put yellow and red here Mama, so I can have orange too”.
It kind of blew me away. Sometimes it’s really simple things that remind me that she really is learning all the time, even when it doesn’t necessarily look like it. I try not to make a big deal of it when things like that happen (or make even a small deal of it), because it’s obvious that to her it’s just a natural progression. She also knew that red and blue make purple, and yellow and blue make green. Then she experimented to see what happens when purple or orange or green are mixed with each other or with one of the primary colours, as well as what white and black do (we have those too). The actual painting seemed to have been forgotten.