writing skills

DIY Colour within the lines

We started practicing colouring within the lines, but I felt that pictures in colouring books were too small. I took out some large drawing paper and drew a big design with a black marker. This helped my toddler begin to understand the concept of colouring between the lines. 


Age suggestion: Toddler, Preschool

Materials: Large drawing paper and markers. 

How to play:

  • You can either prepare the activity or ask your child to do it. Scribble some circular shapes on a large piece of white paper. Make sure the shapes you are drawing are closed up (see picture). 
  • Give your child the goal of drawing/colouring inside each little shape and not passing the lines. 

Learning and Development: You can learn colours with this activity and learn how to draw within the lines. If you have a 3 year old, you can try to get them to copy the circle shapes with you since the CDC states that around the age of 3, a child should copy circles with a crayon.