Summer Drawing Fun for Kids: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

June 11, 2014

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Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Draw + Learn Animals by Harriet Ziefert
  • The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet
  • Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
  • Story Cubes Drawing Adaptation
  • Summer Activities for Kids Series

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Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Draw + Learn: Animals by Harriet Ziefert

Why we love this book:

I am a huge fan of free experimental art time for children. I like when children are let loose with a variety of art supplies and allowed to create from their imaginations. However, I know that children also need a bit of guidance now then to develop new skills. I like the simplicity of Draw + Learn: Animals as it guides children through the process of learning to draw animals. It’s a good balance between giving directions and allowing children to add in a bit of their own creativity.

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Draw + Learn: Animals begins by simply teaching the parts of a face. First, children trace a circle face. Next, they use a circle stencil to draw a face. Then, they turn the page to reveal the beginning of an animal face. From there, the book teaches eyes, mouths and noses.

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Along the way, children have the opportunity to color and draw. Each page adds it’s own little twist on drawing animals.

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As the book progresses, the drawing activities build upon each other, becoming a bit more challenging. Some pages direct children to draw eyes, noses and mouths. Others instruct children to draw what is missing. Then there are pages that have children draw matching halves.

The end of the book includes several pages of blank circles for children to “Draw and Color.” There are also blank frames for drawing “Mommy’s Face, Daddy’s Face . . . Your Face.”

If you have a beginning reader, they should be able to read the directions all by themselves! If you have a preschooler, you can read the easy direction for them. After a few drawing pages they can probably navigate most of the pages themselves.

Summer Activities to Keep Kids Happy & Busy

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The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

So do you have a “big” kid that doesn’t want to draw in a “baby” coloring book? I have just the coloring book for them!

The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

The bold, black-line pages challenge children to think about and experiment with colors, shapes and design.You never know what design or challenge you are going to find when you turn the page.

Want to know more . . . check out my post Oodles of Summer Art for Kids.

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

Want to inspire your children to draw, doodle and stretch their imagination? Introduce them to Dog! Dog’s Aunt Dora sends him a sketchbook and “Dog knew exactly what to do. . . . He drew a door and then a stickman. Next, they DOODLE together because that’s the best way to come up with good ideas.

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

They quickly color-up some new friends and soon they are spilling onto the next page. They drift in and out of pages and through colors of adventure.

Beware . . . before long, dog has to dash out to buy some more paper. Hint, have a big stash of blank paper on hand for your kiddos.

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

Story Cubes Drawing Adaptation

We’ve put a drawing twist on one of the kiddos favorite games, Story Cubes. It’s pretty simple. We roll and draw and roll and draw until we have used all of the cubes. This is a game that can really stretch your imagination. (And your drawing abilities!)

You can find our step-by-step directions and samples on my post How to Spark Children’s Story Telling.

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 We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of  Draw + Learn: Animals by Harriet Ziefert

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

How are you planning to keep your children busy this summer?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, June 15, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, June 16, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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maryanne @ mama smiles June 12, 2014 at 12:15 am

My two oldest kids have one week of soccer camp in July, but otherwise they will be playing and crafting at home, and swimming since we have access to a neighborhood pool. Time to play is important!

Veens @ Our Ordinary Life June 12, 2014 at 6:27 am

Such an awesome giveaway!

Tara H June 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

Well, for starters we’ll be doing math during the summer. :) I also want to go to the library a lot. And of course lots of outdoor time. :)

Jeannine June 12, 2014 at 8:20 am

Tara, we spend a lot of time at the library as well. But I guess that’s year round!

Tara H June 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

We don’t go as often as we should. I try to take them more throughout the summer to take advantage of the summer programs.
I wanted to tell you that the book Geography From A to Z came with our curriculum for next year. :) I tagged you in a picture of all my homeschool books on Instagram. :)

tammy cordery June 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

We are going down the shore, go to the aquarium, the museum, and maybe even a show or movie.

Jeannine June 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Exciting Tara! Have a fantastic year of Geography!

Ellie June 13, 2014 at 12:21 am

We will be spending as much time as possible with the grandparents!

Robin Guerra June 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm

We are keeping everyone else’s kids busy at Joy Camp three days a week.. fun fun fun..

Jeannine June 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm

What could be better than a summer Joy Camp!

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants June 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm

This is a wonderful giveaway and a great round up of books. We have a lot of plans about practicing motor skills. The post about that is coming soon :) Thanks for sharing with After School Link Up!

Carol M June 14, 2014 at 6:24 am

Hey, we’re flexible! Also trips to the zoo, museum and children’s center.

Jeannine June 15, 2014 at 8:36 am

Natalie, You might like “The Coloring Book” for practicing fine motor skills. We also do a great deal of art and little stitching/sewing projects that really develop those motor skills.

chris June 15, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Dog loves drawing is a great book. One of my daughter’s favorites.
Drawing is a great segway to writing.

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