Coloring, Drawing, and Development Too!

coloringTip 77 Use this special way of coloring and drawing to foster development in all five areas.

How’s that for a learning tool!

Fold a sheet of paper in four parts and number the sections 1, 2, 3 & 4. Then go ahead and describe to your child what to draw in each box. Your directions can range from being as simple as a sun or a flower to as complicated as a house or a garden. A good way is to start with a simple drawing that has only one or two directions to it and gradually expand to a more complicated design with three, four, five, six, seven, or even eight directions.

Be sure to tailor this activity to the drawing skills of your child.

Fun Extension!

Now your child can do the same activity with you.

Parenting Insight…

Here is a short description of all the development you are fostering for your child.

1. Cognitive or Learning

Thinking through instructions and then following the directions.

2. Fine Motor

Controlling a crayon, pencil, marker or other writing implement of choice to come up with a great drawing.

3. Social/Emotional

Enjoying shared time with you and feeling successful at the same time.

4. Language

Listening to what others are saying.

5. Self-esteem

Completing a challenging task that is creative and will always be right.


*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, p. 175


July! The Month of Freedom

Coloring and drawing is a hands-on, interactive, and open-ended activity that is fun. You can enjoy it now and for many years to come, and that is freedom!

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