Drawing revisited

Drawing revisited
Does your child love drawing, or, on the contrary, is it her least favourite activity? Surprise her with these outside-the-box ideas.

Does your child love drawing, or, on the contrary, is it her least favourite activity? Surprise her with these outside-the-box ideas.

One of the favourite activities of William and his daughters, 4-year-old Claire and 3-year-old Lucie, is creating a collective masterpiece. “Each one of us gets a sheet of paper. Every time I say GO, we trade our sheets and continue where the other person left off. The girls love it!”

Other ideas :

  • Speed drawings. Tie a marker to a toy car and “drive” this car-pen around a large piece of cardboard.
  • Life-size drawings. Using a large roll of paper, trace the outline of your child’s body. Then suggest she draw inside it. You can also use chalk to outline puddles or shadows on the driveway or sidewalk.
  • Water painting. When it’s nice and warm outside, give your child some paintbrushes and a bucket of water to “paint” the balcony, patio or outside walls of the house. It doesn’t leave a mess and the “work” can be continued the next day!
  • Two-step drawings. With a small sponge, paintbrush or your fingers, apply poster paint in spots over a large sheet of paper. Once dry, draw over it with crayons, transforming the spots into little chicks, funny faces, spaceships, and so on.
  • Artistic folding. Crumple a sheet of paper, unfold it and draw along the lines formed in the resulting folds. Ask your child to colour in the shapes created by the spaces between the folds.
  • Musical drawings. With your eyes covered, draw to music. Vary the genres (rock, nursery rhymes, classical, pop, etc.) to see what effect this has on the drawing.
  • Unusual paintbrushes. Objects and elements found in nature can be turned into “paintbrushes”. Simply use a clothespin to hold tree leaves, pine needles, blades of grass, or feathers together. You can also paint with an old toothbrush, cotton wool, pompoms, popsicle sticks and so forth.
  • Family photos. Print family photos and draw over them with a marker : add glasses to dad, a hat to mom, a moustache to little brother, flowers, jewellery, etc.
  • Temporary creations. Draw in a sandbox or at the beach using your feet. You can also get creative with items found in nature : blades of grass, rocks, leaves, flowers, pinecones, small branches, acorns and so on. Outline puddles or shadows on the sidewalk with chalk.
  • Wind painting. Place a drop of poster paint or water coloured with food colouring onto a sheet of paper. Ask your child to use a straw to blow over the drop to spread it out. Once that dries, complete the drawing with crayons.
  • Drawing in action. Make drawing part of an obstacle course or stick sheets on the wall and ask your child to draw standing up.
  • Colour jam. Tie up several coloured crayons together with an elastic band to create a multi-coloured masterpiece.

Be creative! You don’t always need to be sitting at a table to draw.

Thanks to Manon Lavoie, Creativity Coach, M comme Muses.

Naître et grandir

Source : Naître et grandir magazine, September 2016
Research and copywriting : Nathalie Vallerand
Scientific review : Josiane Caron Santha, Occupational Therapist

Photo : iStock.com/Roman Belykh