Art projects are always a hit around here! My kids love creating and drawing, showing me their masterpieces with a smile. No matter what the age, kids love to draw with all kinds of tools. Markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint…they are all so inspiring. In this activity, we took one of my favorite art projects to use in therapy, visual mirroring, and turned it into a picnic printable – perfect to pack right along with the watermelon and cookies!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Picnic Art Printable 1, Picnic Art Printable 2, Picnic Art Printable 3, and something to draw/color with (crayons, markers, pencils, etc.)
WHAT TO DO: Print out the drawing templates. You will notice that half each object is missing! Have your kids attempt to draw the remainder of the picture to make it complete. This is wonderful practice for recognizing visual symmetry and discriminating size, details, and consistency of form and shape. A simple opportunity to allow your kids to create in a fun way!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-You can make this activity more simple or difficult by changing up the pictures and the details in the pictures. Want an easier task for a younger child? Start with simple objects such as half a “ball” or “cookie” (draw a half circle on the page and have the child finish it). Complete these pictures hand over hand, allowing your child to tell you what is missing along the way.
-Need more of a challenge? Draw pictures with many small details. Draw them using many colors for the child to replicate on the opposite side. Have your child paint the picture instead of drawing it for a different kind of motor challenge!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Cognitive skills, fine motor skills, grasp, visual motor integration, visual perceptual skills
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photo credit: shewatchedthesky via photopin cc – photo cropped and text added
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