You’ll need: a printer, paper, crayons or markers.
This is a great way to get kids started on drawing. In this activity they need to guess what is missing in the picture and draw it to make the picture complete. They can choose the colours, shapes and sizes of the items missing. Add as many details as you can think of
Print the files attached. Choose the black and white or coloured version of the activity. Ask the child what is missing in each drawing and when they have guessed let them choose a colour to draw it. You might want to print a set of the pictures for yourself as well so that the child has an example on how to do it.
Why not give the octopus rainbow legs – each in a different colour or in stripes? Is she wearing socks or shoes on her legs? How many spots does a ladybug have? Is she sitting on a leaf? Is it a sailboat or a pirate ship? Are there any coconuts on the palm tree? How many ice cream scoops can you fit into the cone? Do the goldfish have sand or stones in the bottom of their aquarium? Any seaweed? How many faces can you see in the car windows? And don’t forget the rain above the umbrella.
Drawing on a white page from scratch often results in doodling all over and mixing all the colours. As long as it’s fun, then that’s great! But if you give a child the beginning, the task of drawing something specific becomes much easier and the result more real.
If your kids really enjoy this activity, why not put their name and age on the back and keep the drawings to show them when they grow up.
Mum of two boys. Lives in London.