Sharing and showing your child how to draw shapes and make pictures is a great opportunity for you to help them practice and develop known and new vocabulary.
Your child does not have to actually draw and can just watch, if that is what they prefer to start with. In doing so they may ask you to draw different things in the picture, use certain colours, or want to help you colour or draw things.
You can explain what you are doing as you draw, for instance, if you are drawing a straight line or a wavy line to make a shape or pattern.
Other language you may use:
Straight, short, long, diagonal, up towards …, down towards …, across, curvy, wavey, zig zag, squiggly, swirling, dots, dashes.
A couple of weeks ago we talked about placement (preposition) and directional vocabulary which would also be great to use here as part of drawing activities.
Not all children enjoy drawing and colouring and it can be difficult to encourage them. There are a number of reasons why some children seem reluctant to draw, paint or colour. For instance, some will not like the smell of the paint or crayons, while others may find the pencils, brushes or crayons too thin, long or heavy. Others may be reluctant due to past negative experiences. It can be tricky to work out exactly why a child doesn’t want to draw or write.
For some tips and ideas that may help you get them started, check out this week’s Teach Handwriting Blog: https://teachhandwriting.blog
We have created some new drawings using simple shapes which you may find helps you to get started. Follow this link and scroll down the page a little you will find them under the ‘Activities to help hand development’: https://teachhandwriting.co.uk/more-activities.html