We travel light to city and forest, but we aren’t really traveling light, are we? We bring our own play histories with us and we share these with the children. We help them find ingredients for potions, sticks for fairy houses, leaves for letters and packages. We gift them with story and imagination.
Some of the children will grow up to be artists. And all of them, every single one, will know how to solve a problem, how to climb out on a limb, how to take a risk with expressing ideas in a visual medium to connect with other humans whether they are the artist expressing it or they are the viewer enjoying it.
At some point, drawing gets a socially-constructed connection with artistic ability and expression. At about the ages of 7 or 8, children will begin to sort themselves into those “good at art” and those “not good at art.” An underlying theme is the inability to draw and drawing. This is carried into adulthood and muddies adults’ impressions about how to support this form of communication.