And some art appreciation for the little guy.
We got this Art for Baby book for Milo when he was very little. He didn’t like it in the first few months – had no interest whatsoever, unlike his First Cot Book which he loved. But over the last couple of months he has started to really enjoy interacting with it and has some clear, favourite pages. Particularly the picture of the woman, Natasha – Julian Opie and more recently the spread of Black Cross c.1920 – Kazimir Malevich and Hypovase Prazosin Hydrochloride 1992 by Damien Hirst. It really interests me that he has preferences at such an early age and that we are able to notice them.
We don’t use his First Cot Book so much now. When he was especially little the pages fascinated him. He would stare and stare at them and reach out for the image and the cloth. But now, the book as a physical object and the bright colours seem to make him extremely hyper. He grabs it, throws it, eats in and generally goes a little nuts for it. I only bring it out at the very start of his acitivity time, straight after a feed, as anything this stimulating close to nap time means he is back awake after 45 minutes and a bit of a grump!
Am thinking it might be fun to take him to see some modern art soon to watch his reaction to similar pieces of work but in their original format and context. I’ll let you know what we decide to see and how it goes!