It never occurred to me to give Anni crayons and paper (mostly because she has an affinity for eating paper) but yesterday at Chili’s Jason suggested we let her try to “color.” He explained that in his book A New Father’s Guide it said that babies can try to color this early. I was very impressed with his knowledge and decided we should see what she did with the crayons. After one attempt to eat it she did indeed make marks on the little menu. Of course, we looked at each other proudly as if she had just been awarded a scholarship for her brilliance. Today I gave her some of those big crayons made for little kids to hold (I used them when I taught preschool) and viola!! I think her first masterpiece is abstract with an attention to detail and brilliant use of color (her technique involved holding the crayon and banging it to make little dots and lines). She seems very pleased with her creation and her Mama was also so proud.