I Can Draw!


Purpose: Help your child be creative. Let your child practice pre-writing skills.

For this Activity you will need:

  • My First Crayons
  • Paper


  1. Sit on the floor with your child.
  2. Show your child the crayons. Talk about the different colors. For example, say: “Look at this green crayon. It’s green like your cup and green like the grass at the park.”
  3. Spread out the paper on the floor. Show your child that the green crayon can be used for drawing. Scribble on the paper with the crayons.
  4. Give your child the crayon. At this age, your child will not hold the crayon the way you do. It is ok. It will take a long time for him to learn how to do this. Give him lots of time to practice.
  5. Let her scribble! It’s best not to draw for your child. Things will not “look real,” but as she gets older, her drawings will begin to look like people and things.
  6. Talk to your child while he is drawing and what you like best about the picture. Say words like, “This is great! I love that you used lots of different colors.”
  7. Hang your child’s artwork in your home. The fridge or on the back of a door are great places.


Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Let your child try other kinds of art. Whipped cream and pudding make great “paint!”
  • Hang pictures at your toddler’s eye level. Name, describe, and point to things in the pictures. And ask your toddler what she sees in the pictures.
  • Let your child play with Play-doh™ or clay.

Background Information:

Support your child’s school readiness in the area of the arts!


The arts involve:

  • Trying different art activities, such as dancing, singing, acting, painting and drawing.
  • Asking questions about and looking for new ways to dance, make music, act or create art.
  • Using different art materials, such as puppets, costumes, instruments, paint, glue, scissors and crayons.
  • Showing an interest in other children’s art activities.


When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help your child develop these skills, as well as his language and literacy skills, by doing these activities.

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