Genetics are a funny thing.
Thanks to a college course or two and some lab hours, I entered parenthood with a decent understanding of the science of genes and how traits are passed along from parent to child. But upon actually having children, the reality of heredity struck me as particularly remarkable. Sure enough, there’s a resemblance in physical features, but how about temperament? Specific aptitude? Even struggles? Yep, yep, yep.
I was reminded of all of this recently as I looked at two hand drawn pictures of Batman. My 7 and 5 year old kids drew these pictures, which did in fact resemble the dark knight quite well. And they were able to do so without genetic assistance from my dear wife or me. And by without, I mean, without. So how exactly did we end up with the solid renderings of Gotham’s protector? Art for Kids Hub.
I’ll give you the gist of Art for Kids Hub, but the best thing to do is get yourself promptly over to their site and/or YouTube channel and get drawing, painting, origami-ing, etc. The premise is this: a talented artist with kids of his own creates high-quality videos that remarkably hold the attention of kids and take them (and their art-challenged parent) step by step through the art creation process. With great pacing to allow for kids to stay right with the video, the picture comes together and the results are really quite impressive.
There are a couple content options through Art for Kids Hub – you can become a Member on their site ($2.99/month or $34.99/year) with corresponding benefits, or you can endure some ads and take advantage of tons of free videos on their YouTube channel.
This dad sure appreciates Art for Kids Hub filling the gap for that massively recessive art-gene. Get over there—you’ll love it as much as your kids do.