The Easy to Follow Drawing for Children: Christmas Trees

At the age of four, children’s fine motor muscles and cognitive skills have developed quite well. This will make them able to draw. If we show them simple drawing, they would try to follow it. Just as the pictures of Christmas Trees below which are easy to follow by children.

christmas-tree-picture

The steps:

  1. Draw the triangle and say triangle while we draw it (This will be good to strengthen children’s ability in recognizing triangle)
  2. Draw the rectangle and say rectangle while we draw it
  3. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
  4. Color the pictures

christmas-tree-picture_2

The steps:

  1. Draw a tiny triangle and say triangle while we draw it
  2. Draw lines as in the pictures above which create a Christmas tree
  3. Draw rectangle and say rectangle while we draw it
  4. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
  5. Draw the star and say star
  6. Color the pictures

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The steps:

  1. Draw a triangle and say triangle while we draw it
  2. Draw the trapezoids and say trapezoid everytime we draw it
  3. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
  4. Color the pictures

When children have finished drawing the trees, they would show us proudly of what they’ve drawn. If we encourage them to explain their drawings, they might add story to their drawings or add another drawings to the pictures such as the presents underneath the trees and much more.

All the activities above, start from drawing, naming shapes, coloring, explaining and creating story to the drawings will give advantages for children. They will be able to:

  1. Strengthen their fine motor skills
  2. Strengthen their shapes recognition
  3. Relate their real life experience with the drawings they’ve made
  4. Bring out their creativity by creating story based on the drawings or by adding more pictures to the drawings.
  5. Build their sense of achievement and confident as they’ve been able to follow all the steps and finally draw the picture they’ve seen.

With many advantages children can get, let’s ask children to draw. Show them many kinds of drawings which are easy to follow by them. Adjust the drawings with children’s ability. This way they would be stimulated to keep drawing which in the end will make them improve their ability even more.

Happy drawing!

 

 

Practice Making Curves by Drawing ‘Halloween Things’

Before children are able to write letters and numbers, they need to practice making lines and curves. There are many exercises children can do to practice both such as making them on the sand, painting, doing the lines and curves worksheet or by drawing.

Drawing is a fun and great way to practice both as most children love drawing. They also can make many kinds of lines and curves in one picture and combine them all. Those are good exercise before they try to write letters and numbers as writing both require the combination of lines and curves.

We can show drawing steps to children which can exercise their ability in making lines and curves. The drawing can be anything. However, it’s better if we show  the drawing steps which suit with what our children need to exercise and based on what’s happening. Other than practicing children’s ability, it will add more fun to the drawing activity. So children will draw more excitedly. To celebrate the upcoming Halloween, below are the steps of drawing boo, bat and jack o lantern. Children (age 3+) can exercise their ability in making curves by drawing those three.

Those are the steps to draw boo, bat and jack o lantern which can be useful  to exercise children’s ability in making curves. After they follow the drawing steps we show, ask them to create their own picture which shows many curves. This will exercise their ability even more and bring out their creativity. Happy drawing and happy Halloween 🙂

Animals Drawing to Strengthen Shapes Recognition

Once children are able to recognize shapes, they need lots of experience with shapes to make the shapes recognition strengthened. Drawing can be a way to do it. It’s because by drawing, children can feel how the shapes are formed through their hands. This can add children’s stimulation of shapes. The more the shapes are stimulated, the more those would be recognized by children and kept inside their memories.

Below are steps of drawing some animals:

 steps-to-draw-ant  steps-to-draw-bee
 steps-to-draw-butterflyfish  steps-to-draw-manta-ray-fish

Here are the shapes children can recognize from the pictures above:

  • Ant drawing → circle and oval
  • Bee drawing → oval and triangle
  • Butterfly fish drawing → square, trapezoid, rectangle, triangle, oval, and half circle
  • Manta ray fish drawing → trapezoid, rectangle, triangle, and oval

When we ask children to draw the animals above, don’t forget to mention the shape of every step in the picture. Therefore, children can know the name of the shapes. If they’ve already known the shapes, ask them to mention the shapes on every step. This can add more stimulation which will strengthen children’s ability more  in shapes recognition. Last, ask children to color the animals.

Happy drawing! 🙂