This fun visual motor integration activity is a fun way to promote prewriting skills and more!
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Decorating eggs is a sure sign of Easter and for me, Easter means SPRING!! I am SOOOOO ready for spring this year!
We are adding some visual motor integration practice to traditional egg decorating today with a fun drawing activity that will result in unique, beautiful, hand-drawn eggs.
Why is drawing so important?
Drawing plays a significant role in the development of handwriting skills in children. When children engage in drawing activities, they manipulate pencils, crayons, and markers, developing better control over these tools. This enhances their hand and finger strength, dexterity, and coordination, all of which are essential for fluid and legible handwriting.
Drawing also enhances visual motor and spatial awareness skills, both of which are fundamental to handwriting. When children draw, they learn to understand and represent spatial relationships, such as the size and position of objects on a page. This spatial awareness translates into their ability to appropriately size and space letters and words while writing.
Moreover, drawing serves as a precursor to letter formation. Through drawing, children learn to create and create lines, curves, and shapes, which are building blocks for forming letters. Drawing activities that involve tracing or copying shapes can help children develop muscle memory and reinforce the foundational strokes used in handwriting.
Print off a few of our free printables below and add a bunch of markers on the table for an afternoon of springtime drawing fun! Once kids have decorated their Easter eggs, try this Easter Egg scavenger hunt.
What You’ll Need:
–Printable Easter egg pattern dice and number dice
-Markers or crayons in springy colors
What to do:
Print the blank egg template (one for each child playing) and the two die pages. Cut out the die and tape or glue them together.
Give each child a blank egg and then get rolling! Have kids take turns. Each time they take a turn, the kids will roll both die, one to see which pattern lines they will add to their eggs and the other to see how many of those pattern lines to add.
Continue taking turns until the eggs are decorated! No two eggs will turn out alike!
How to change it up:
– Take it outside — use sidewalk chalk to draw a large egg outline on the driveway. Use the drawing prompts as they described above to create big, bold, unique driveway art to welcome Easter guests!
– Pack some hand strengthening punch into this activity by having your child squeeze bottles of puffy paint over top of the lines she drew on her egg! This will give the egg a 3D effect!
– Do you have a child that needs to work on fine motor control or needs a bit of sensory feedback to stay focused? Try this same activity with the Squiggle Wiggle Writer!
Skill areas addressed: Fine motor skills, visual motor integration, cognitive skills, grasp, prewriting skills
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What a great activity. Thanks for allowing me to share it in my Easter Roundup :)