A Pile of Puppies & Art


Catherine walked into puppy dog heaven over the weekend.  Dogs and babies are her absolute favorite thing in the world.  Obsessed I would even say.  Auntie E was cleaning out one of her guest rooms when she found boxes of beanie babies and I guess since she was clearing the clutter she wanted to get rid of all of them.  We happily obliged and Catherine managed to score all of the dogs, a couple of cats, and pig from her collection.  They now get carried around in a white wicker basket and it’s just too cute for words.  Catherine LOVES the puppies.

I am also now wanting to start working with Catherine in the areas of art and dealing with some of her tactile issues.  We have had some struggles with Catherine since we adopted her and while I don’t want to talk in debth and in public about those issues in order to protect her privacy later on, I do want to touch on them a bit in order to help other parents.

We are seeing some post-institutuionalized issues start to really blister and come to head.  We have been dealing with them for a very long time, but they seem to be exaserbated by the fact that she is two and really coming into her toddler years.  Some of her actions and reactions are making it very stressful on all of us.  While I believe she is attached to us, I believe she is still very afraid and doesn’t feel secure.  Our social worker agreed with us on this assessment after seeing first hand some of her ‘antics’ during our final post-placement homestudy.  Catherine is going to be evaluated to see how deep her anxiety levels run and whether there needs to be any course of assistance given to her.

I was also told be a previous therapist about the Montessori Method of raising and caring for kids.  I was told that this is a great way to help with children who are having issues with establishing independence, have fears and anxieties, and or have tactile issues.  Basically it’s great program for at-risk adopted children.  While I don’t consider Catherine to be at-risk of anything serious right now, I do feel that if we don’t nip it in the bud soon then she will become an at-risk child.


So in the areas of art, I really would love to see Catherine painting and drawing, and gluing more.  I am looking into all kinds of kid friendly art supplies.  I especially looking for a child friendly easle.  I am also looking for finger paints, makers, crayons, and pencils.  I will be getting some bottles of glue and some stuff that she can glue together.  I really want her to start exploring the physical method of arts and crafts.  It doesn’t have to mean anything right now.  I just want her to get it in her hands, so that she can start making some connections between her hands and her brain.


We will also be working on textures with beans, rice, marbles, circle pouffs, sand, clay, and water.  We will be measuring, and pouring, and sorting, and using spoons to pick them up.  We have lots of fabulous plans to change our play room into something more educational and more conducive to relieving some of her anxiety.  So, going back to step one…does anyone have a good suggestion for an easel?

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6 Responses to A Pile of Puppies & Art

  1. Shelly says:

    Have you looked at some of the easels that are available at Lakeshore Learning near the mall. They have some great easels and other hands-on arts and crafts and educational ideas. I know a good deal of teachers use that store for their supplies and they are fairly reasonably priced.

  2. Wendy says:

    Thanks Shelly for that tip!

  3. Kris K says:

    I can’t speak for quality, but I know that Ikea has a kid’s easel. That might be something to check out too…as far as supplies…I can’t help you out there, either! Megan colors, but I need to try the other things you mention. Did you know that she could finger paint with pudding? My mom used to do it with my siblings. You just make the pudding as usual, then paint away!

  4. Lisa Freeman says:

    Can not wait to play and make art with Catherine. Catherine has no choice about art. She has Heidi, Elisa, Mom and Lisa. Unless she wants to hang with dad and work on the car.

  5. John says:

    Oh, she will work on the car. Y’all can have her for 6 more years, then she’ll be old enough for Jr. Dragster!!!

  6. autumnesf says:

    OUr daughter is 5 and is still anxiously attached. Good for you for being on top of it. We even adopted at 7 1/2 months and still have many issues. Wish we weren’t military and had better doctors to work with. But it is what it is.