In the month of September, Sparkabilities and The Hero of Color City, coming to theaters, iTunes and On Demand everywhere, October 3rd, present to you, the PlayWisely Activity of the Week.  Each week, your child will learn to draw a familiar and fun subject.  The final activity will incorporate all of the drawings into a final scene that you can enjoy and talk about with your child!

In our past two weeks, we have learned to draw a sun and a cloud with rain.  If you missed these fun activities you can find a link to them here.


This week's activity features the color and Hero of Color City character, Red.  This week, we will learn to draw a house using lines, squares and a triangle.  This activity supports the development of fine motor skill, color recognition and shape recognition. 

Part 1:  4 Smiley Faces
Draw 4 small smiley faces with your red crayon that create the corners of a square.  Tell a story to your child about how one of the faces is lonely and wants to play with another face.

Part 2:  Make a Square!
Offer your child the red crayon and place your child's hand onto the first face.  Point to the next face and ask your child to draw a line from the first face he/she has her crayon on to the next face.  Continue pointing to each successive face until your child has created a square.  When your child has completed the form, positively exclaim, "You made a square!"

Part 3:  1 Smiley Face
Draw another small smiley face above the square in the center between the top two smiley faces of the square.  Ask your child to connect each of the top two smiley faces to the top face.  Ask your child what shape they just made.  Next, exclaim, "Yes!  You made a triangle and look you've also drawn a house!"

Part 4:  Make a House!
Ask your child to connect each of the top two smiley faces to the top face.  Ask your child what shape they just made.  Next, exclaim, "Yes!  You made a triangle and look you've also drawn a house!"

Part 5:  Add Windows
Continue completing the house by adding smaller squares to create windows.  Use small dots at the corners if your child needs some guidance.  They can then draw two lines through the middle of the square for the windowpanes.

Part 6:  Add a Door
Add a rectangle with a dot for a small doorknob to create a door for your house!

Discussion:
Talk to your child about the color red and things that they may recognize as being red.  Also talk about shapes, especially squares and triangles.  Look for the color red, squares and triangles when you are out and about!

More:
Now that your child has a feel for "connecting the dots" you can try other shapes and objects using the same technique!  They will soon learn that pictures are just made up of smaller shapes and strokes.





For extra fun with colors, download and color this printable of Red from the movie, The Hero of Color City, coming to theaters, iTunes and On Demand everywhere, October 3rd!


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