Fall Tree: Drawing Prompt
After returning from our September Nature Hike, our little ones were excited about leaves. My son in particular recounted for me several times how he stood under the tree and the wind blew and then the leaves fell down. Some even landed on him and this of course was the highlight of his tale.
I of course immediately set about gathering books about Fall. One of my favorites that addresses his particular interest very well is Leaves by David Ezra Stein. It is a darling book about a little bear experiencing his first Fall. I also recreated our Fall Window Tree that was such a big hit last year.
On our art table, we started with these simple Drawing Prompts. We sat down at the table with cups of crayons and paper with my very basic tree outlines and created. As we colored (yup, I joined in this time scribbling away on my tree) we chatted about what colors we were using. Here are some questions you could ask:
*Tell me about the colors on your tree.
*Hmmm...is that a darker orange or a lighter orange?
*What colors were the leaves we saw on the tree outside/at the park/on our hike?
You can also do a little self talk, which yes feels a little silly until you get used to it, but is an excellent way to model your thought process and language. Try:
*This red looks very dark...I think I might try this lighter shade.
*I have lots of orange on my tree. I might add some yellows too like the tree we saw outside.
*Hmm...I'm trying to remember where the leaves were on the tree. I might check this photo/book to remind myself.
Our twins are developing language, learning colors, and using fine motor skills to grip and maneuver their crayons, but we are also just creating, and chatting, and sipping tea.
Crayons in Fall Shades (Oranges, Yellows, Reds, Greens)
Optional - Real Collected Leaves and/or Photos of Fall Trees
*For older children, invite them to draw a tree or have the materials available to draw a tree, but skip the prompt. Instead use photos or books at the table for inspiration.
*For younger children, simply color with Fall colors. Children younger than 2 are rarely interested or developmentally ready to draw something in particularly. They just want to color and move the crayons and that is a great starting point. Just let them explore and focus on chatting about the colors.
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