small stuff…hypotrochoid art set

Lately, D and I have been changing up the bedtime routine. Instead of book time, we do drawing time. I like to pull out this hypotrochoid art set and a sheet of bristol board so D and I crank something out in silence, side by side before we say good night.

D still needs some practice to master the gears. He works hard to go around and around and around trying to keep the gears interlocked. I can see it's a fine line between being challenged and being frustrated. And this is when I have to admit to myself that I'm a "pusher"; I push things on D that I want or like.

In the meantime, while he learns to master the gears, I will be sneaking it out of his room and reliving moments from my childhood.  

Check out this amazing Spirograph collection.