Art - Flowers Observational Drawing
During our study of plants, we usually will go outside to the garden to draw flowers. We can take clipboards, paper, and thin black ink pens, or pencils, for drawing lines. The first day we work on this project, we focus only on drawing the flowers by observing them. We don't worry about color. When a child hits a stumbling block, we tell them to look at the flower for a moment, and we talk about how the flower looks; its lines, its curves, its shapes. The child decides on one part to draw first. Once the child has finished the lines and shape of the flower, add color with paint, colored pencils, oil pastels or crayons.This is an art project that can go on for a few days, as you observe your plants growing in your yard or garden. Give it a try!
Language: Today we're thinking fun! flowers! fudge, flapjacks, food, flamingo, feet and flip flops... What do all those words start with? Repeat slowly, drawing attention to the first sound. Today we practice writing 'f.' For beginner writers, use a blank paper and show your child how to start at the top, 'up and around, all the way down, lift up your pencil and go across.' For neatness and more precision practice, use a ruler to draw three lines, about an inch apart and show your child how to start just below the top line, how the top of the 'f' touches the top line and then down all the way to the bottom line. And the little line across, goes on the middle line. Have your child practice a line, or page of 'f' sounds/letters.
Number: Number rhyme using your hand and holding down your fingers as the rhyme continues. (Start with the thumb.)
Five little ladybugs climbing up a door
One flew away and then there were four
Four little ladybugs sitting on a tree
One flew away and then there were three
Three little ladybugs landed on a shoe
One flew away and then there were two
Two little ladybugs looking for some fun
One flew away and then there was one
One little ladybug sitting in the sun
She flew away and then there were none!
First, gather colored chalk that you may have at your house. Go outside with your child, and choose a good spot either on your driveway or sidewalk (you want a fairly large space). With your child, create and color all different sized and shaped flowers with your colored chalk. Try and draw them randomly so they are not all in a straight line. After you have drawn a number of flowers (try and aim for 10-12, but obviously the age of your child will determine how far you can go). Have your child start on a flower of their choice and then see how fast they can jump from flower to flower. You can make this more challenging by timing them to see how long it takes them, or even by telling them to only jump to certain colored flowers, for example, only the blue ones.