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spacekid1's coloring tutorial

My four-year-old's life is going to be so radically different from mine.

For one thing, she's got a pinterest account. And she's FOUR. It was just for cute animals, but then she started noticing all the crafts and she loves crafts. Her latest kick is watching youtube tutorials. She'll surf pinterest until she sees that tell-tale arrow that signifies a movie, and she's in the zone.

These things are so long! I mean we're talking 20-30 minutes of a webcam focused on a rubber band bracelet loom, with a lady talking us through the steps - but Josie is entranced! And no, she cannot make these bracelets yet, or follow instructions, or use a crochet hook. I'm certain of it. She'd be nothing but frustrated. But she watches the tutorials and zones out, they're good to get her into late in the evening before bedtime because they're very relaxing.

Inspired by all this, she's started asking me to video her other crafty activities, mainly coloring, while she talks us through them like the women in the other youtube tutorials. This is ridiculous and probably not entertaining at all but I can't resist... it starts a bit slow but around halfway through, she really has a lot to say:

I have a LOT of these videos. We have a lot of drawings, and go through a lot of paper. She's very productive.



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Jul. 5th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
Genius! You've harnessed the desire to collect all the pretty things and the desire to boss/instruct/be the expert. Both these impulses are strong with my four year old. Perhaps I'll try Pinterest with her too. Lord knows the kid adores the Etsy iPad app (but mama ain't buyin').
Jul. 5th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
Have you ever heard of ASMR? (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response) I've never experienced it, but it's a sort of relaxed tingly feeling in the head, triggered by listening to whispering or soft-spoken people describing things, especially goal-oriented tasks. I wonder if that's some of the appeal of the YouTube tutorial videos for Josie.
Jul. 6th, 2014 07:53 am (UTC)
I lived with a 3-4 year old a couple years ago who would do the same thing - be totally entranced - by youtube makeup tutorials. None of the adults in her daily life wore makeup, and she didn't have any around, really, but she *loved* watching them. I think it's really interesting.
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