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
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.
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.
Along the way, children have the opportunity to color and draw. Each page adds it’s own little twist on drawing animals.
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
Drawing Fun for Kids
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Draw + Learn: Animals by Harriet Ziefert
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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.)
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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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