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Brie at 20 Months : Why She’s Not Doing Much Crafts Just Yet

31 January 20134 Comments

Brie is now 20 months old.

And as far as I can remember, I think my two older kids – when they’re around Brie’s age now – have done more crafts / artsy activities than this 3rd child of mine.

I wondered why this is so the other day.

I mean, why does Brie do less crafts / drawing / pasting than her siblings when they were her age?

Well, I finally thought of these three main reasons.

Reason #1
Now that we’re in Jakarta, somehow our current (rented) home is not so conducive to us doing activities in the living room like we used to when we’re back in Singapore. Plus, my crafts stuff are still … well, inside our big boxes (read: not yet unpacked!)

(Can’t wait to finally move into our own apartment in less than 3 months time, and unpack everything!)

Reason #2
Now that I have three kids, I have less time to sit down with the kids to do crafts regularly.

I’m now working (mostly is done from home). My eldest is attending Primary 2, the other is ‘learning from home’ till this July when he enters Primary 1. And, I spend quite some time ‘on the road’ as well, driving the kids from A to B and not to forget, getting stuck in traffic jams here in Jakarta.

Reason #3
This is probably the ‘main’ reason : Brie still likes to put things into her mouth! Yes, at the age of 20 months. Though now she does it less frequently, she still sometimes bites into our erasers, coloured pencils, etc.


Here’s one activity that she’s been doing more of lately :  Drawing with a crayon and smudging it with her fingers.

It’s do-able, because nowadays she no longer ‘eats’ her crayons, haha.

Look forward to doing more regular activities and crafts with the kids.


  • DAISY says:

    Hi,My oldest son only started using regular colouring pencils when he was about 3 (I have an issue with smudge hands and getting messy. sigh, cannot alwayz watch what they are up to) whilst 2nd boy is now about 19 mths and has yet to touch anything artsy. Reason being that he has a tendency to eat things as well. I should let him get messy occasionally shouldn’t i? thanks for writing abt this, I’ll consider letting play with non toxic paint or crayons….

  • applausr says:

    Brie same age like my daughter, she also is not much into craft activities.. Ya.. now i understand why.. I need to spend more time with her then.. Thank You..
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    • Leonny says:

      I recently got her a pair of scissors for kids, she LOVES it. A great way to exercise her fine motor skill too.

      Having said that, clear and consistent reminders of the ‘rules’ (no cutting of other things, other than the paper we provide for her) need to be done.
      (coz toddlers often get adventurous and experimental =)

  • martina says:

    Brie is holding a crayon like a pro, seriously look like a kindergardener who has been trained well to hold crayon. Good job
    At what age did your older two start doing arts and craft? my son just turns 13 months old and still love putting stuffs in his mouth. What kind of crayon is safe and toddler-friendly? Also, what would be fun to do for kids that age (older than 1 but not quite 2 years old)

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