Art and Development: Your Child After the "Scribble Stage"


Art Activities

Drawing - Using a good quality wax crayon seems to be the favorite choice among kindergartners. However some kindergartners like pencils because they can achieve more detail with them. It is a great time to introduce (if you haven't already) other types of drawing tools like felt tip markers, oil pastels, and colored chalk. Drawing paper used should be 12" x 18".


Painting - Tempera paint that is too thick to run is what most kindergartners prefer. The paper size of 18" x 24" is recommended and should be somewhat absorbent. A 1/2" wide bristle brush with a long stem is best for easy handling.

Clay - This is a wonderful art material for kindergartners. Some children start with a lump of clay and make their form by pulling out parts from the clay. Other children make a form by taking separate parts and putting them together. Both ways are perfectly normal. Another alternative to clay is bread dough clay, which can be baked in the oven for hardening. (This is a non-edible bread dough creation.)

My favorite recipe of this type of clay is: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 2 tablespoons salad oil, 1 cup water. Mix ingredients and knead into a workable dough. You can add food coloring for color. For glaze, mix 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Brush over bread dough 'sculpture'. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the object. Decorating hints: Pressing pre-baked bread dough clay through a garlic press makes great hair. Small pasta shapes, dyed in rubbing alcohol and food coloring are wonderful decorations that can be pressed and baked right into the bread dough clay. Always use a dab of water where you want to attach a piece. You can make different textures into the pre-baked clay by using common objects such as paper clips, keys, utensils, etc. To make a hanger for the art piece insert a hair pin before baking.


This stage is about the a child's first attempts at art that represents someone or something. At this early stage it is important to encourage your child to explore different ways of making his art. It is through these different paths that a child finds his own way of making art; his own way of expression. Through these explorations in art, the child discovers his individuality.

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