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Day 63: Drawing & Coloring

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for UniversalPreschool.com.

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool environment.

~ Drawing & Coloring ~

  • Little kids learn to draw by copying. The simplest way to begin is to start with a simple shape. Let your child watch as you draw a circle.  It doesn’t have to be perfect. Then add eyes, a nose, and a mouth to make a simple face. Be sure to explain what you are doing, so that your child understands.
  • Draw several simple faces and give them different features such as a happy smile, a sad face, a tiny nose, big eyes, curly hair, bushy eyebrows, etc. Let your child tell you what to draw. (Your child won’t be disappointed in your artistic ability.  He or she will simply be fascinated to watch the process unfold.)
  • Draw a simple stick-figure so that your child begins to understand that pictures are made of lines, both straight and curved. Draw trees, flowers, a house, or animals. Ask your child to join you.  See if they can copy what you do. Eventually, they will begin to draw their own pictures. As their ability improves, try this game:

Guess What I Drew

Materials: Put stickers, stamps, or glue pictures onto index cards.

How to play: Have a player choose a card from the deck. (The player should not show anyone else the card!) Then the player should try to sketch or draw the object that is on the card onto a piece of paper with a pencil or crayons. When the player has finished drawing the picture, let the other players guess what the picture is, in turn. Everyone should have a turn to guess what the player drew. When everyone has had a chance to guess, the player can reveal the card they picked. There are no winners or losers here, just guesses. Then, the play passes to the next player.

  • Kinderart.com offers free drawing lessons that you can print out and do at home that are designed especially for preschoolers and young children.
  • Ed Emberley’s drawing books make learning to draw easy and fun. He has an entire series of books for varying age groups that you can probably get at your local library or bookstore. Try Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Faces that is geared for kids 4-8.
  • Coloring is a matter of practice. Make sure you have a supply of coloring crayons, pencils, and markers at home, along with lots of plain paper and coloring books within easy reach of your preschooler. Designate a small area as your “art nook” and keep it well stocked.
  • Allow your child to access the supplies at will. Encourage your child’s artistic expression. Get all kinds of free printable coloring pages and no-line coloring pages at PreschoolColoringBook.com.

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