Marking and Writing: Drawing Lines and Circles
“Draw your own conclusion”
Marking and writing are important skills because they allow for the refinement of hand-eye coordination.
Materials and Activities: paper and crayons/markers, chalk and chalkboard, finger paint, sand, Magna Doodle, whipped cream on high chair tray or table top, etc.
verbalizations while you make your markings (e.g., draw a vertical line and say
“zip”; draw a horizontal line and say “zap” then draw a circle and say “whew”).
crayons in your child’s hands and guide.
to paper/crayons to prompt your child.
shapes meaning (e.g., a circle can be part of a face, a vertical line can be
part of a tree).
call attention to what you are drawing.
guides for tracing along (e.g., ruler over paper)
awareness of shapes in the environment (e.g., encourage your child to run his
finger along the straight seam of the couch or around the circle of a Frisbee).