Drawing is a fun way to assist children in developing their fine motor skills. These activities include basic shapes such as triangle, circle, square and trapezium. They start with a simple two step drawing and increases up to an eight step drawing. There is no right or wrong way to draw however just like any activity there are techniques which can be taught to give the child the skills they need to become independent drawers. For example, children learn to recognise shapes within images.
There are three activities for each image.
1. How to draw a…
This activity has step by step directions on the left hand side of the page. It is important to sit with the child and prompt them with the directions provided. We have kept it very simple, however you can adapt the language you use so it is appropriate for the child’s developmental stage. If you need to point and demonstrate where drawings are to go or what a shape looks like, then do so. This activity is about giving the child skills not to test their ability.
This activity allows the child to work with less direction. Each step has a dotted line image which the child can trace. They can complete each step until they have created an image.
Once the child is able to independently draw the image they have practised they can use these skills to create a picture. This gives children a chance to express their own ideas and creativity.
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