I think it is such an important skill to teach children how to draw. It develops so many critical skills for learning – eye/hand coordination, dexterity, spatial perception, understanding of basic shapes and lines, the ability to observe as a means of knowledge – to name a few.
All you need is enough black sharpies for each child, white cardstock, and watercolor paints.
Is this not an amazing painting for a 5 year old? I think the details are so sweet!
This is so easy for young children to draw. I have done this one with four year olds! Here are the simple instructions:
I ask the children to have their paper landscape (sideways). I talk for a moment about the size of the paper. I tell them to make a medium sized circle up at the top of the page.
Draw a straight line out from the bottom edge of the circle.
Draw a “u” shape starting from below the circle to the end of the straight line.
Draw another “u” shape for the wing.
Draw a triangle for the beak. Make a dot for the eye. Add legs and claws.
Optional: Add a wing with a straight slanting up and making a curve down. I tell the children to add any details they would like – feathers, nests, trees. . .
Student working on wing.
This student is thinking about what other details to add.
Next, we paint!
I love the details on this bird!
Look at those happy birds!
What great details! A nest in a tree. I love the bird's tail.