Since it is Easter week, I thought we would walk through the steps of a direct drawing. A directed drawing is showing your child step-by-step how to draw a specific picture. This helps with the concept of drawing, but even more important following directions and listening.
The best way to do this is to draw with your child while explaining the steps. (you can see each step numbered in the picture below)
You will need a pencil, paper, dark marker, crayons
hold the paper tall and thin (portrait)
draw a large circle towards the bottom of the page
at the top left of the circle draw a low rainbow line going towards the left side of the paper
curve the line back in towards itself, but do not connect it back
go back to the circle, under your first line, draw another curved line out until it connects with the inward curve of the first line.
now we will work on the other ear, on the right side of the top of the circle draw an upward line with a slight right curve
go back to the circle and move right again, draw a mirrored line to the one you just drew so they connect together
on the right ear, draw a tall skinny rainbow line inside the other line
on the left ear, draw a line from the end of your first curve to the circle, then draw a mirror line just below this to the curved line
now draw the facial features
draw two circles for eyes
draw a small “u” connected by a straight line for the nose
draw a smile line under the nose
connect the smile and the nose with a straight line.
Now have your child draw over all the pencil lines with a marker or black crayon (we say this is making your coloring book lines) [see top photo]
Now the fun begins… color! don’t forget to give your picture a background
I decide that since it is Easter week we should do a bit of candy math fun. This activity can be done with any type of candy that comes in multiple colors. Don’t want use candy? You can do the same activity with rainbow goldfish, multicolored cereal or any other small items that are various colors, yes even Lego blocks.
I am using M&Ms because my son had some in his candy bag leftover from Halloween… my kids are weird, yes I know, but hey it is.
You will need 2 sheets paper, crayons, a pencil and whatever you are using to sort/graph.
First draw circles on the paper and label them with the colors of your candy. Have your child sort the candy by color. Remind them that sorting means to group things by attribute in this case color. (I did not use the whole bag, as I would typically do this with a fun size bag, but only had full size bags)
On the second sheet of paper, or just on the table, have your child line up the candies into a line graph formation. If this is new to your child, you may want to draw the grid to make it easier. You can also draw the grid if you want your child to record the information with crayons.
Your child needs to line things up side-by-side (which is one-to-one correspondence). This will give a true representation for comparison.
After the graph is complete you now can ask questions to compare. Which color has the most? Which has the least? How many more yellow than blue? How many more oranges do you need to have the same amount as green? How many blue and red together?