Here’s a fun way to work on drawing with a little holiday twist! Add this to your arsenal of Christmas activities for kids – you’ll give little ones lots of great visual motor practice and you’ll come out with some beautiful holiday works of art!
As kids develop their visual motor and fine motor skills, they begin to move from scribbling and coloring to drawing representational figures. This means that their drawings actually start to look recognizable. Preschoolers will start to bring home pictures they’ve drawn of their houses, their pets, and maybe even pictures of you with beautiful pink eyelashes!
Some kids need a little extra help figuring out the spacing, sizing, and placement of their drawings as they learn how to draw common figures like people, houses, and animals.
WHAT TO DO:
This one is best for younger kids. Print out the gingerbread drawing template and slowly read each step of the poem to your child as he draws each feature of the gingerbread man.
Print out the snowman poem page and again, slowly read each step of the poem as your child draws the different features of the snowman. There is no template for this drawing, he’ll draw all of the features himself this time!
Print out the Christmas tree poem page and slowly read each step of the poem as your child draws the different parts of the Christmas tree. Again, there is not a template – your child will draw it all himself!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Give your child as much assistance as he needs to be successful with each drawing task. If he’s struggling:
-Try pointing to show him where to draw each object on the paper.
-Draw your own picture as a model for your child to follow.
-For the snowman and Christmas tree, you can help by drawing the first few steps, and then have your child add the details.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Grasp, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, visual motor integration
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