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Puzzles, Parquetry, and Writing: Modifications Art

Children who have visual perceptual issues as mentioned in previous blogs of this series may need help in art.  Here are some suggestions:

Be aware that drawing may be difficult.  Your child may not visualize the parts of the figure to be drawn.  For example: A house is a square plus a triangle plus rectangles for doors and windows.

1. Have a model for the child to copy from.

2.  If there are overlapping figures, make sure the child sees each figure and how they overlap. You may want to highlight each part.

3. Outline  the figure.

4. Talk your child through how to draw each part.  Model each part by drawing it as you talk.  Ask your child to draw that part.  Praise him!  Be sure your child is developmentally ready to draw that part.  For example do not expect an early four-year old to draw nice diagonals for the roof of the house.  Please see my earlier blogs for developmental skills at various ages for drawing.

5. Encourage step by step drawing. There are many commercially available books with simple figures broken down into steps for children.,, or google “step by step drawing for preschoolers” or “step by step drawing for kids”.

P.S. If your child has trouble coloring within the lines but loves to color, try a velvet poster!  They will have a lovely end product and will practice coloring. However, if you are having your child color for fine motor development, tracing around the outline of the form may be more effective than the coloring within the form.




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