Preschoolers can make their own lines in preschool

Let your preschoolers make their own lines to color inside!

Start by giving a child a piece of paper and some crayons….

Then invite the child to draw some lines….

And some shapes…..

And then invite the child to color inside the shapes!

Often times, I have folks that seem terribly concerned if their child can color inside the lines but keep in mind that what matters most isn’t whether a child can color inside the lines but instead what matters most is the child’s investment and interest in the drawing or coloring process…

Keep the coloring process creative, inviting, open ended, and age appropriate. The development of fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination through open ended drawing and coloring opportunities as well as a variety of play opportunities will lead to the ability to color within the lines but coloring within the lines will not lead towards creative expression, imagination, and the ability to think outside of the lines!

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By |2010-07-18T06:00:11+00:00July 18th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. April July 18, 2010 at 10:43 am - Reply

    It is great to here another way to do this…I have also found out that if I tell the children that pretend that there crayon is a race car and that the lines are the track, the race car has to stay in the lines to win….This of course is great for kids 3 and up. It works great and now I have another way to teach it too…Thanks:)

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