Sometimes a simple change in supplies can really interest a child. Purchase a few bristol/poster board sheets to create big drawings! Materials Poster/ Bristol Board Pencil, eraser Extras: Coloured markers Outlining markers (thin & thick) Felt, faux fur, fabric etc. Beads, buttons Glue or a glue gun (To be used by an adult or with direct adult supervision, based on the child’s age and abilities) Paint Paintbrushes Scissors We also always find these items helpful: Directions Go with your child’s energy/interests. Our son is currently interested in animals as they are studying this at school and he offered to make his former Kindergarten teacher a Woodland Animals bulletin board set for her camping theme. (Which by the way is awesome!) Sketch out your ideas in pencil. If you like, colour in some areas with marker or paint them (or both!) We used a combination of tempera and craft acrylics. Allow to dry overnight. Cut out your work if you like. At first we just trimmed it down to make it more manageable. We then cut out and glued on items to enhance our animals, using felt, faux fur, beads, buttons etc. Arrange your embellishments and then glue them on. Allow to dry overnight. Once everything is dry, go over your lines with a black marker. Wouldn’t this be fun to use to enhance your play, creating a backdrop scene? Or attach some paint stir sticks and make puppets! Purpose Discovering how to draw on different scales Expressing your interests Working with various materials and developing one’s fine motor skills Safety Notes Small items such as buttons and beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of reach from children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things in their mouths. Be sure to use scissors with care and adult supervision. We suggest that you use a smock and craft tray or craft tablecloth to protect work surfaces and one’s clothing. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.