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Registered: 05-02-2003
Help needed
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Thu, 03-03-2005 - 4:16pm
I have been noticing alot of posts about coloring and such.How did it happen for you that your kids started to do that kind of stuff?Christopher hates holding colors or a pencile.I cant even get him to draw a line.I guess I was hoping to get some ideas on how to make this fun so that he will try to do it?Any ideas would be great.Thanks Tammy
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Registered: 02-24-2004
In reply to: oh1ladybug
Thu, 03-03-2005 - 10:42pm

Tammy,

Actually, Nathan took a long time before he would do any coloring, as well. And then when he did start...he would just scribble.

My older son, Tyler (8), LOVES art, anything to do with art, he'll do it. So, Tyler has been asking me how to write things since he was 3 or 4. And he used to color and draw pictures for his dad when he would come home from work. So when Nathan came along, it was a bit different.

I think Nathan just starting watching his brother do things and eventually just starting doing it himself. Nathan is 6 now, and has only asked me how to write a couple of words. He's not that interested in writing that much still. And his coloring just sort of progressed from scribbling into actual pictures this past year. I just encouraged him to color. And did lots of praising too. Nathan's favorite color is blue...so for the longest time he would only color with blue!!! He has gotten much better with that though!! Thank goodness......because his kindergarten teacher was real worried when she saw him in preschool (she visited his class). Apparently, the day she visited he was throwing a fit about only using the blue crayon!!!

I have to tell you though, Nathan has progressed alot this past year. I don't know if it's from being around other kids, or maturity. I used to worry alot about him. I didn't think he would ever talk, or draw, or be able to write his name. But I've learned to just keep working with him, even if he resists or isn't interested. I just stop and try again another day! Right now we're learning to tie our shoes....surprisingly, he's doing a great job!

Michelle

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Registered: 05-18-2004
In reply to: oh1ladybug
Fri, 03-04-2005 - 11:46am

You know, my son is 9 and he NEVER colored...at least not until school (and he still hates it). He loved to collect crayons and felts but I don't remember him ever coloring with them. My Mom used to send all these great coloring books and he didn't even open them.

Turns out he has fine motor problems, and his drawing still looks like that of a 4 year old.

When he was little I encouraged him to use all sorts of mediums for art-playdough and fingerpainting was his favorite, so we went with it. The messier the better. I think that it's important not to push them but to try many different types of things-fat crayons, felts, gel pens, watercolor painting, thick and thin brushes, etc. You just might find one that they like.

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Registered: 11-16-2004
In reply to: oh1ladybug
Fri, 03-04-2005 - 12:03pm
Tammy here are some fun ideas you can try. Magna doodle (you can use the little pieces, not just the pencil thing), painting with water on a chalk board or driveway, coloring over a plastic grid sheet, changable markers are fun. If he isn't defensive (I think he is but if not) drawing in shaving cream, etc. I wouldn't worry about it too much if he isn't interested though.
Michele
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Registered: 11-01-2004
In reply to: oh1ladybug
Fri, 03-04-2005 - 9:18pm

You know Tammy, Olivia never liked it either, until recently she had little interest in it.