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Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Magna Doodle Lament

Don't get me wrong. I love the Magna Doodle. Love. We have two large Magna Doodles. One medium Dora Magna Doodle and at least 3 small ones. I'm a huge fan of no-mess artistry. Especially when you consider that "mess artistry" around here amounts to permanent marker on my dry-clean only couch. Also there's a waste-issue. Gone unchecked, my children will draw their way through a ream of paper in about a week.

When your children are as prolific as mine are, you have to turn to something more Green. Enter the Magna Doodle. We love you.
a dumpster.

Miles has really started being creative in his drawing. We're not sure how often (if ever) that he has something in mind before he starts his drawings. We feel like he's more "interpreting" what the Magna Doodle wants to draw. He'll make a shape accidentally. Just random free-form drawing. And notice that it looks like something. And so, he'll make it into that something. Often it's monsters or ghosts. He will draw it some very dainty eyes, and then ever so gently, draw on the mouth. And it's as if he has no control over the "MagnaPen" and if the line for the mouth happens to dip down just a bit he's suddenly morose. "Oh! It's a sad ghost." And the converse is true. It can just as easily be a happy ghost, which in turn makes him happy.

a happy ghost.

Watching Miles draw is more fun than if you yourself were drawing. And his drawings are hilarious. But here is my lament.

If you had actual paper drawings you could save them forever if you so chose. Not so with the Magna Doodle. So, I've taken to photographing some of my favorites, for posterity's sake. But, it's just not the same. I feel a scrapbook page coming on.

Betcha can't guess what this is?

guess.

13 comments:

Mia said...

Plant cells.

Char said...

Legos?

At least your kid never tells you he's drawing a penis on the old Magna Doodle.

Brian said...

the kitchen?

Courtney said...

simple cuboidal cells

That kid is smart!

Mandi said...

My kids have those jammies too! They're so soft and comfy.

Christie said...

I love it, I feel you, and I'm so glad you'll be scrapbooking it.

My guess is square donuts. But that's probably because I just want a donut right now.

Mo said...

I just saw a commercial for a magna doodle that prints! I don't know what brand, but I'd check toys r us.

Kermit~the~Frog said...

Ah, our favorite jammies. We have three pairs.

To me, they look like Cheez-Its. Mmm, Cheez-Itssssssssssssssssss...

Maleen said...

My kids would sob when someone would erase their magna-doodle drawings. It has taken a while to convince them that if they want it to keep, it must be on paper.

Alissa said...

hey everyone... thanks for hypothesizing...

TIC.TAC.TOE.

hilarious.

Amber said...

I was going to guess the laundromat. ;)

lisadickinson said...

love the pics! and the page idea! :)

stACEy said...

that is a picture of every house he hit whilst trick 0 treating!

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