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In all the activities in week 3 we’re looking at printing in a variety of different ways.

3-year-olds

We are using two different shapes with two primary colours. This allows you to talk about how they are using the primary colours that they’ve learnt in the earlier weeks. At this age, they enjoy matching colours so encourage this!

At 3 years old, if given a blank piece of paper and a crayon, they will probably scribble backwards and forwards and draw circular shapes. The other common thing you may see is that they like to “stamp” (for want of a better word!) with a pencil, crayon – or anything really! This involves repeatedly lifting their hand up and down to make marks.

This week’s activity involves that movement too so it’s tapping into something they feel comfortable doing and turning it into art. Printing is like stamping so enjoy doing it with them and get a little messy. You may find that they struggle holding a small bottle lid, if so find something else that’s easy to grip (or an alternative sponge shape) and use that instead.

4-year-olds

At this age, children tend to have significantly better control; they are able to hold their pencil more dynamically. You may be able to get some *good* letters (!) like V, H, T and O.

This is why we hope they could attempt to draw some details on the leaves. A line through the centre and some lines in the middle should be achievable. The only thing that may struggle with is where the line starts and stops – it could be that the lines overlap and crossover. This is expected but if you gently talk through it each time it will improve and they’ll be more aware.

5-year-olds

At 5 years old they have even more control which allows them to write many letters. They also develop something called ‘schema’; this is where every time they draw something, they draw it in the same way. For example, a car will always be drawn a bit like:

When this happens, it’s good to start introducing new shapes and patterns so that they can start learning new skills. This is why we’re aiming to draw patterns around the leaves. The patterns we’ve created are simple and follow the “up” and “down” motion that they’re probably comfortable with. However it involves precision, which they often find hard. Encourage them to take their time and draw the patterns slowly so that they’re not rushing and ending up with a messy squiggle.

We always do ‘practise pieces’ which allows them to feel more confident when they get to the real thing.

In general:

  • Tell stories!
  • Use building blocks to help them learn to grip, stack and create

I hope some of these you recognise in your children. I find it exciting- I hope you do too!

Love,

K x

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