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Four temperaments, four cute South African creatures!

Four temperaments, four cute South African creatures

Four Temperaments = four cute creatures

I recently embarked upon a wonderful new project and today I get to share the first part of it with you. This project really excites me because I get to combine a lot of things that I am really passionate about and bring it to you as a novel new way to look at decorating your child’s bedroom. How does this sound:

  • Indigenous South African creatures
  • A psychological approach to your child’s personality that will help you understand your child better
  • Decor products for your child’s room that suits your child’s personality and will result in a unique little haven for your child

Let me explain my idea to you…

The four temperaments

In a recent brain-storming session with my husband, he helped me come up with an idea for my latest illustration theme, based upon the ancient Greek psychological theory of the four temperaments. It occurred to us, that children, just like adults, could be said to have one, or a combination of, these four personality types, which are Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic and Phlegmatic. While these terms may sound terribly intellectual, we have come up with a way to simplify this idea and make it more applicable to different personality types in children. And to make it even more appealing, I have chosen four different animals to be associated with each of these four temperaments. Our system looks like this:

  • The Phlegmatic (people-oriented introvert) child is depicted as a Scrub Hare
  • The Sanguine (people-oriented extrovert) child is depicted as a Meerkat
  • The Melancholic (task-oriented introvert) child is depicted as an African Wood Owl
  • The Choleric (task-oriented extroverts) child is depicted as a Southern African Hedgehog

South African reference

I have been wanting to do a project with a South African flavour for a long time, and with this project, I feel that I finally have my chance. I have decided to choose my four animals to represent the four temperaments from our very own South African creatures – and why not – they are so cute and make for wonderful inspiration for children’s pictures!

I hope that you (and your little ones!) will enjoy the illustrations that I will be sharing with you over the next few months. Now I would very much like to know: which temperament type(s) is closest to your child’s personality? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

(Photos of these four animals were found on Pinterest)


  1. Dulcie Thorburn on February 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I just love your new theme. My youngest grandson, 3 year old Alexander, a perfect little meerkat, is a bouncy, busy, happy, arty little chap with a vivid imagination. He has the most beautiful sparkle in his eyes. With light brown hair that glistens like gold in the sun, he is never still for a minute. He loves music and singing and never refuses a story with a cuddle. He’s collects snails, and with his nose to the ground spots a bug or daddy-longlegs where nobody else notices it. He just loooooooooves animals, particularly his bunnies: Hop, Fuzzy and the baby one, Spots. He’s an absolute angel and a treat to have around. We’ve nicknamed him Tigger (as in the Winnie the Pooh books) and what a pleasure it is to be in his company! May the world never squash his zest for life, his love of animals and his fertile imagination!

  2. Liesl van der Hoven on February 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely comment Dulcie! Alexander sounds like an absolute joy! Best of luck for the competition! 🙂 x

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