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9-11 years: Drawing Diary

Keep a drawing diary every day. You could fill an actual printed diary, or just fill a little notebook or sketchbook with a daily picture. It could be linked to what you did that day, something you saw, or it can be a random idea, e.g. something that flies, something red, something smelly, something that makes you happy, something that comes out at night....

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