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Learning to draw is easy and fun for children when using lines and curves! These step-by-step multisensory experiences make drawing representations so simple that even your special needs children will love to draw in no time!
See this video of using Spring Fling! and the amazing progress seen with drawing skills when using lines and curves. Often the children who have difficulties with writing are the same ones who have a hard time drawing. We can prevent patterns of avoidance by giving children the opportunities they need to understand how to draw!
Included in Spring Fling!: As easy as A B C D
A. PlayDoh mats (and optional drawing posters).
B. Pattern & Picture cards. Children make huge strides in drawing when they are first able construct representations with lines and curves. They put lines and curves on the Pattern card, then on the Picture card, and then on empty foam mat or piece of felt (foam and felt work better than a piece of paper as they are less slippery). B2. Patterns for the teacher to cut lines and curves from 3mm foam are included. I give this to parents to do as a volunteer task.
C. SPRING Either used as a child-made book with up to 14 pages or as 7 worksheets. Children first trace & then draw each representation. Children can also trace words and are given Go-Dots so that they learn to start letters at the top.
D. I see spring! Either used as a child-made book with up to 14 pages or as 7 worksheets. Children first match the word on their worksheet to words found on PlayDoh mats (or drawing posters) and then draw representations in their book. Most pages have a go dot to help them find the easiest place to start their drawing.
Spring representations [In general order of difficulty- but also placed with related objects.]
* Rain DROP
* BUG (caterpillar)
Not included: 3 mm foam for making lines and curves, and a foam or felt sheet for children to transfer lines and curves; both are used in step B.
Common Core aligned: CCSS repeatedly ask for children to “represent” what they know in the areas of math and LA.
Spring Fling is the first in a multi-seasonal and multi-unit based series. Look for Birthday, summer, winter, fall, back to school, pets, home, and more. Spring is a perfect time to use this with your preschooler’s who are craving to draw, read and write, or conversely who avoid drawing because they have not found a lot of success.
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