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Activity: Characteristics Quirky Colouring Fun

Drawing paper, crayons
15 minutes
Art & Design

By the guys at

Occasionally when you suggest that your child spend some time colouring or drawing, you will hear this response:  "Yeah, but I don't know what to draw" or "I don't feel like colouring anything."

Try this activity then, which we call "Characteristics."  It is one of our absolute, all-time favourite childs games.  We think it's fun, achievable, and creative.

Step One.  Have your child choose a 'thing' to draw.
This thing could be anything that captures your child's interest: a princess, a pirate, a monster or Mommy.  A supermarket or a superhero, a garden or a gargoyle.  Really, anything!
For example, let's say your child wants to draw "a funny monster."

Step Two.  You and your child take turns thinking up characteristics of the "thing."  
Write down each. Here are some characteristics we came up with for "a funny monster:"

1.  Has long pointy hair
2.  Big pointy things coming out of his toes -- the same as a T. Rex
3.  Ears that stick out
4.  Curly curvy horns on his head.

Step Three.  Once you've made a list of ten characteristics or so, go back through and read each one out loud.  Have your child draw each characteristic you read until the 'thing' takes shape.
We play this almost every day in our house and find it an enormous "crowd pleaser."  It gets the childs' brains thinking and their fingers conjuring up art.  And there's an added benefit: you can show off around the pre-school by having your child explain to other parents the meaning of the word 'characteristic.'


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