My toddler loves my quick, crayon sketches and they are a great tool for learning. Yes, that’s MY drawing – not his. He’s only 2! If your kids are older, you can use their drawings.
Sequencing, Early Math, One-to-One Correspondence
Our conversations about the sketches I draw usually sound like the dialogue from “When You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” He asks me to draw trains or a race track. And then he needs a parking lot (simple lines with numbers) for the cars after they race or a station for the train passengers. I’ll ask him to “park” his race car on a certain number. I’ll say, “You parked 6 cars! What if two drive away? Then how many do you have?” He’ll answer without thinking about it – “Four!”
Language, Geography, Memory
And then, as with the train picture above, he’ll need shapes or dinosaurs to go on each car. Then we’ll talk about who is first, last, and in the middle. We’ll talk about how we get on and off the train. I can see him thinking about our recent train rides. He’ll ask me to draw people at the station and we’ll count the people that I draw. Then he’ll pick a place on the wall map for the passengers to visit. Then he pulls out his animals to see which animal lives in that part of the world. Then he’ll want to know about the weather there and what the animals eat. And then the animals will need a train to ride or maybe a race track to race on. And then…it goes on and on!
Of course, I REAL train ride with the grandparents is more fun than a sketch!