Day 18: Main Activity – Drawing Practice in the Morning Circle with the Child with Special Needs

Day 18- Main Activity – Drawing Practice in the Morning Circle with the Child with Special NeedsThis is a post out of the “31 Days of Morning Circles for the Child with Special Needs”.  You can find the main page for this series here.

Note: If you’re reading this series for the first time, I suggest you look at the daily structure post to understand the routine we follow in our morning circle.

Drawing is an advanced skill for a child with fine motor delays. This is why at least once a week we include some pre-writing/ pre-drawing practice in the morning circle – even if we engage in more in-depth drawing activities later in the day or week.

Pre-drawing/ pre-writing skills have been practiced in our home since we first began homeschooling. They include things like drawing in the air with a finger, a flashlight and a stick. We practice drawing lines up and down, lines side to side, a cross, circles, a square, a triangle, etc. We also practice tracing with a finger on printable trace sheets – mostly straight lines.

Since then, we’ve moved onto practicing holding crayons of different sizes and shapes. We’ve also worked on holding pencil-like objects.

Drawing with block crayons

To get my son to sit and explore crayons, we drew (hand-over-hand) our own silly pizza version of Signing Time’s (affiliate) “Silly Pizza Song” while singing the song. Our pizza has red apples, green zucchini, purple grapes, blue blueberries, brown cereal, and black licorice.

Below is one activity you can do today.

Drawing practice activity in morning circle:

Use different types of writing boards (white board, water board, chalk board, etc.). Sitting behind your child, work hand-over-hand to hold the writing tool. Then, sing/ chant/ or tells stories while drawing:

  • lines and shapes
  • seasonal/ holiday characters (ex: apples, Jack-o-lantern, Santa Claus, Easter eggs, etc.)
  • story characters as you tell the story (ex: Red Riding Hood, 3 Pigs, I Know an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly, etc.)
  • nursery rhyme characters (ex: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, etc.)

Water board drawings in the morning circle

We chanted “Here is a spider [draw face], here are his eyes [draw eyes], here is his mouth [draw mouth], and he has 8 legs [count legs as we draw each leg].” By the third time we drew this, my son was leading my hand from left to right to draw the legs.

A resource for you:

Basic Shapes for Beginners eBook by Heather Greutman. This 79-page PDF is a hands-on approach to pre-writing strokes for preschoolers, but I recommend using it for children with fine motor delays as well. I like how Heather breaks apart the skills by week so that you can follow the suggestions slowly and steadily.

(Note: I am an affiliate of this eBook. If you use this link to purchase, I will get a small commission.  You won’t be charged extra. I have purchased and used many of the ideas in this book myself over the last year. I know you will find it useful if you are looking for pre-writing/ pre-drawing ideas.)

How do you incorporate drawing in the morning circle?

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