John, Grover, and a Tangerine

On days when I work and my kids are home, I give them a schedule with little assignments. Mainstays of the assignments are a daily sports and art task. I’m here to tell you about today’s art, but I feel like I should also mention brag that today was a free choice sports day and they chose, “clean the TV room and office” as their sports activity.

My kids totally won today.

(Alex was home for part of the day, so he might have encouraged that particular endeavor, but still.)

Okay. For art today, on my way out the door, I scribbled “draw a president” on their schedule because I was (a) out of ideas, and (b) I was curious what such an open-ended assignment would lead to.

I’m not going to show you the one obscene Trump picture that one of my kids drew—suffice it to say that it featured an orange toupee on a part of the anatomy that doesn’t normally sport toupees. I laughed hard.

That aside, here are my kids’ president drawings in descending order of the artist’s age:

Pencil drawing of John Adams wearing a wig

By Katie

Katie was all, “Do you see the curls on his wig?” and I told her I did and asked why she chose John Adams and she said it was because he was the only president she could think of with the curls. Then I noted that he looks very sad and she said that it’s because he was a crappy president. I think she’s been listening to too much Hamilton.

Pencil drawing of Grover Cleveland, labeled with his name and "22nd and 24th president of the United States"

By Jack

Me = blown away. I had no idea that Grover Cleveland was crawling around in Jack’s brain. I asked him why he chose Cleveland and he said, “Because he was the 22nd and 24th president,” as if that answered all of my questions. (It did not.)

pencil drawing of flowers with a red ball that has an orange flame/toupee coming off the side

By Quinn

That is a tangerine with an orange toupee. Three guesses which president he chose. Although we watched The Lego Movie later today and he expressed regret that he hadn’t drawn President Business, and I mentally expressed regret that the country didn’t vote for President Business, Kraggle and all.

My kids. They’re hilarious. Their brains are these wonderful little mazes of creativity. I highly recommend assigning your kids weird art projects. You never know what they’re going to come up with.

5 thoughts on “John, Grover, and a Tangerine

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t post the toupee picture you mentioned. However, I guess you made the correct decision. And – I love every one of them.

  2. These are fantastic. I’m a history nerd, and I can appreciate Jack’s fascination. 22nd and then 24th Pres. Whaaa?? Guess we’ve always had our political oddities here in the US. The orange. I LOVE it. And at least Katie didn’t write the open letter to John Adams. ;)

  3. Oh man, I should start doing with for my youngest. I’m sure he could some up with some wacky stuff. These are so fantastic.

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