Do your students enjoy directed drawings? We tried one out years and years ago with one of my classes and they were obsessed! Not only are they fun, they help students develop skills in many areas too!
Here are five reasons all early elementary classrooms should be doing directed drawings:
- Fine Motor Skills: Directed drawings can help young children develop their fine motor skills by providing them with clear, step-by-step instructions for creating a drawing. This can help them improve their dexterity and hand-eye coordination, which will be useful in other areas of their development.
- Following Instructions: Directed drawings can teach children the importance of following instructions, which is an important skill that they will use in many areas of their lives.
- Confidence: Directed drawings can help young children build their confidence in their artistic abilities and to develop a sense of pride in their work.
- Creativity: Directed drawings can provide a structure for children to explore their own creativity and imagination within, as well as encouraging to think outside the box.
- Sequential thinking: The step by step process of directed drawings helps children understand the importance of following a sequence, which is an important cognitive skill for math and science.
Shortly after learning how to draw an image, I noticed that my class started to incorporate those images into their writing. That led me to create directed drawing books for them!
Want to start incorporating them in your classroom? I have a bundle of directed drawings that can be used throughout the year. They make the best no-prep centers, time fillers, fun Friday activities, and are great for leaving for a sub.
CLICK HERE to check out the yearlong bundle-