Drawing During the Day
Arts and Crafts time: Allot a time for arts and craft during the day at school. This will encourage children to draw regularly. Provide different drawing activities, teach new techniques and make the time interesting for them.
Use notebooks for practicing written vocabulary and letters. Leave blank pages for children to draw and illustrate the words and letters. You can also use drawing as a treat, where for every page of writing they complete, they can do a page of drawing.
Illustrating schedules: Encourage children to draw the next activity on the board in a classroom. This will encourage drawing, and is also an interesting way to transition from one activity to the next.
Illustrating new vocabulary : When you introduce new vocabulary to a child, ask them to illustrate it. This helps the child to develop a better understanding of the word and also improve their drawing skills.
Draw and share time: Here is an idea for drawing with preschoolers. The teacher and child can both make a drawing and then share about it. You can also do this with a group of children sharing their drawings.
Drawing Games: Play simple games that involve, or require drawing. Some examples are a simple version of Pictionary, or drawing something and passing it on to the next person who adds something more to the drawing.
Taking the story forward with drawing: When you tell a story, ask the student to draw something related to the story. Then ask them to explain the drawing. This activity also encourages children to practice the new vocabulary that they learned in the story.
Drawing for crafts and gifts:: Make drawing meaningful for the children by helping them to draw papers that you use for gift wrapping, book covers, greeting cards, etc.
Drawing for science: Make field trips and science observations more interesting by making children draw what they have seen. It’s also a great way to keep track of and remember things that they have learned.
Making books: Put favorite pictures together and bind them to make a book. The child can then easily choose a favorite drawing, and tell a story related to it to also go in the book.
These ideas for drawing with preschoolers will help your students engage in their own learning through the areas of art, writing, and literacy, while having fun in the process.