I’m so glad that my daughter likes to draw. It’s really nothing I did, but what I had around the house that inspired her. The first drawing book she had was called, What Shall I Draw?. She was able to recreate pictures really easily from that without any guidance.
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Animals are one of her favorite things to draw. Especially when she can draw lots of them on one page and make a scene. Step-by-Step Drawing Animals is a perfect book for that.
It has children drawing simple shapes to make over 40 different animals and gives them ideas on how to color them. It also includes space right in the book for children to practice each drawing.
How to Draw a Parrot
My daughter picked the parrot to draw first. She drew him so fast that I missed most of the beginning stages of the bird.
As you can see, the book shows how to draw a parrot step-by-step. It has children piece together simple shapes to create the animal they want. This is a perfect book for learning to draw because that is exactly what you do to draw anything you see; piece shapes together.
Then my daughter added some more animals to complete her jungle scene. Next I showed her another way that you could use the book to make animals.
We drew the different shapes of the parrot onto construction paper and cut them out. First a leaf shape for the parrot’s body, some triangles for it’s head and curves for the beak.
Then we pieced them together with glue on another piece of construction paper. The result is a bold work of paper art that can be done with any of the animals in the Step-by-Step drawing book.
Both types of kid art help children think creatively and logically. What animal would your child like to draw?
The Story Corner
Each month we feature different themed books and corresponding activities! This month’s theme is animals so make sure you check out all the other posts!
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Rebecca Reid says
I am so not an artist, but I think I could actually pull it off with that book! Great idea for using the shapes to make the bird too, LOVE the extension activity.
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