Activities to Help Develop Crayon Use
Initially when children learn to color, they just scribble, or draw few lines on the paper. At this stage their drawing may not look very beautiful or attractive. To make these drawings look more interesting, you can cut out pieces of the paper they colored in different shapes and glue them on to darker colored paper or colored paper.
When children color on white paper, they often try out the color white and find that it doesn’t work. This is often a cause for frustration. Here is one interesting activity that children can do with a white crayon. Allow the child to scribble on the white paper with a wax crayon. Then, mix some watercolor paints and dilute them. Allow the child to run a paintbrush with dilute watercolor over their drawing. They will start seeing the lines they drew. Watching the lines appear “magically" is something the children will love.
Printed coloring pages are one of the traditional ways of teaching crayon use. However this method has some advantages as well as some disadvantages. Staying inside the lines can be a challenge for some children, and can make coloring a frustrating activity for them. Also, some teachers feel that coloring pages and books inhibit the creativity and originality of the child. They also put high standards of drawing for the children. However, if used wisely, coloring pages can be fun for children. Provide younger children with simpler pictures, and don’t penalize them for getting out of the lines. Also balance coloring book coloring with free and imaginative drawing.
Coloring with Symbols:
This is one technique that can be used to make coloring pictures more interesting. Make little symbols inside each coloring space in the picture. Use a legend on the side to allot one color for every symbol. The children have to look at the symbol, and use the legend to find the right color. Keep the number of symbols between 2 and 3 to start with.