Pictures Tell a Story
Emotional: To foster ways in which your child expresses their emotions through drawing pictures and telling stories.
This is a fun activity that will encourage your child to talk about the pictures they draws. Your child can imagine they are a storyteller or an author as they share their ideas and describes their drawings!
You will need:
- Drawing materials (e.g., pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels)
- Provide your child with paper and drawing materials and encourage them to create a picture of the family or of a favourite activity. Fold some sheets of paper in half so they look more like a booklet. Your child can pretend to create their own picture book!
- Invite your child to tell you a story about their picture and offer to write down their words. Then read the words back to them, tracing your finger under each one as you say it. This will help your child begin to understand the relationship between speech and print.
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It can be challenging for some children to understand and communicate emotions. These tips will help you show your child emotions and keep them drawing longer.
- Pictures of family events
With your child, look at family pictures and talk about family events
Describe to your child the different emotions on the faces, You might say, "Remember Daddy's " Daddy's birthday, his face looks surprised in the picture because he didn't know he was having a party"
With the pictures as inspiration, ask your child to draw their favorite event and encourage them talking about some of the details, for example, the birthday cake or decorations
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you use pictures to inspire your child to draw
- Your child will be motivated to add more detail in their pictures
- Write down your child’s words
- Feel listened to
- Lets them know you are interested in what they have to say
- Providing drawing and writing materials
- Enables your child to express her ideas and creativity through art
- Let your child see their own words in print
- Helps your child make important connections between spoken and written words and support their emerging reading skills
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Allow your child to express their ideas relating to their pictures and/or drawings.
- Let your child experience their stories if possible (i.e. going to the park with family)
- Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle. [Imagination, Storytelling, Drawing]