We’ve been doing a fun, quick and easy to set up activity that should tempt even the most reluctant of drawers to put pen to paper- Dinosaur Shadow Drawing.
Great for your children at home who need some encouragement to draw, or in preschool or primary school as a way of encouraging children to encorporate mark making in their play.
It doesn’t have to be dinosaurs, we chose dinosaurs because that’s what the child loved- but it could be any toy/object that they are interested in.
How do you set it up?
So simple- either choose a sunny day, use a torch or even a projector in a classroom – and put the peice of paper behind the toy dinosaur where the shadow is cast and draw round it!
- Encourage Drawing– we found it to be a brilliant ‘hook’ to get children to draw. If you are wanting to help your child start to learn how to write, practising drawing first is important…and fun.
- Develop Fine Motor Skills– Any activity like this will help to build those tiny muscles in the hands and fingers which are vital for tasks such a learning to write.
- Build Concentration and Attention to Detail– In order to make it look like the dinosaur children need to concentrate on the shadow and the pay attention to the detail- this is a great skill to help develop.
The dinosaurs we used are from Learning Resources UK. They can be found on Amazon here.
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