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#1 tenar

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

DD1 is 3.5.  Her idea of "colour in this picture" is to cover the whole page in one colour of random scribble.  I was trying to get her interested in the idea, today, of trying to colour different parts of the picture in different colours, but  no real interest on her part.  

Do your preschoolers colour things in, or am I expecting too much?  To be honest I was mostly trying to spin out the activity she was doing,  but she just wanted to scribble all over each picture and move to the next dot-to-dot.

#2 Anivad

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:28 PM

My youngest DD was like that at 3.5 yrs.  Now at 4.5 years she is quite good at colouring.  I dont believe her to be artistically talented though.  My eldest DD however was quite proficient at colouring at 2 yrs old and now at 9 yrs is excellent at drawing etc- very arty.  So it depends on the child and whether they are naturally an arty person I guess.

Edited by Anivad, 09 November 2012 - 06:28 PM.


#3 CountryFeral

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

Give her blank paper and let her find her own way.  That 'random scribble' is her stuff... let her express!

#4 CupOfCoffee

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

My 3.5year old has moments of being able to kind of colour in, but generally it is one (or two) colours all over (except on the ipad, she is ok on the ipad for some reason).

#5 whatnamenow

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

Under the new EYLF we are being encouraged to not even provide colouring in sheets as it constrains their creativity.  So i wouldnt worry too much about it.  Here's a link to an article to get you thinking...

emergent curriculum



#6 Gumbette

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:33 PM

My 4.5 y.o has always been anal about getting the right colours. Not fabulous with staying in the lines though.

#7 whale-woman

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:41 PM

DD colours in from maybe 2.

What about getting her some of those paint with water books and teaching her to paint the different sections to get the color to come out. Hopefully with brush rinsing between sections/colors.


#8 tenar

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 09/11/2012, 07:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Give her blank paper and let her find her own way.  That 'random scribble' is her stuff... let her express!


Well that's what she mostly does, of course, and she draws some great pictures, too, sometimes (well I think they are great any time I can vaguely recognize what it's supposed to be a picture of).  Lots of plain old scribbling as well.  

But in this case she was doing a book of dot-to-dots, which she loves, and I wanted to slow her down so as not to run through the whole book in one sitting - know what I mean?  

I'm glad to know others preschoolers aren't into colouring.

#9 AnotherFeral

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

I wouldn't worry about it. Freestyle drawing and exploring the materials is better for developing creativity and thinking skills.

#10 Lil Chickens

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

DD is the same age and has only just started using more than one colour on any page.  She shows no siign of going anywhere near the lines!

I've never worried about it for her but it kills me to look at as I can be quite anal about these things.

#11 Born Slippy

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:55 PM

DD (just turned 3) has no interest in colouring - scribbles all in one colour and runs off. She is quite good at drawing though, so we mostly do that.

Well she does that, while I colour. I love colouring!

#12 adnama

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

DS is 4 on wednesday he does not have the attention span at all to draw or colour in (but will watch adult movies like ghostbusters and not move). He will scribble in one colour and will be done.

#13 SeaPrincess

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

Mine have all been quite different.  DS1 would colour everything only 1 colour, usually black or red.  Once he started school, he started using more colours.
DS2 used to be quite careful - like to colour small spots on a dog, for example, and the be perfect, but the rest of the page was uncoloured. Now he uses lots of colours, but goes as fast as he can, so it's not as tidy, but the whole page is full. (We used to spend a lot of time colouring together and he'd do the fiddly bits that he liked and I'd do the rest)
DD is 3 now and loves to colour.  She uses different colours, and does like to have a picture to colour, but the colouring ranges from random scribbles to quite careful neat colouring depending on her mood.

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#14 katniss

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:08 PM

QUOTE (charlottesmum04 @ 09/11/2012, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Under the new EYLF we are being encouraged to not even provide colouring in sheets as it constrains their creativity.  So i wouldnt worry too much about it.


yyes.gif In my early childhood education art class we are strongly encouraged not to introduce colour in sheets to early childhood students.

QUOTE (tenar @ 09/11/2012, 04:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well that's what she mostly does, of course, and she draws some great pictures, too, sometimes (well I think they are great any time I can vaguely recognize what it's supposed to be a picture of).  Lots of plain old scribbling as well.


It's important not to make them feel self conscious about their scribbling. So if you aren't sure of what she's drawn, ask her lots of questions about it. The scribbling stage is the most important stage of art development!

It's more important that she is enjoying what she's doing rather than doing something perfect. Let her express her creativity the way she wants to and discuss it with her.

#15 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:08 PM

My 3 year old likes to obliterate any picture by scribbling over it in black crayon or texta.

My 5 year old is only just getting into colouring, she does pretty much the right colours but hasn't got much interest in staying in the lines. She prefers to draw rainbows in the background of whatever picture she's colouring.

#16 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:43 AM

Mine both detested colouring in which meant that I got to do it instead. Have to own up to loving it - just something about putting the right colours in the right place and not going outside the lines.......... should I be worried?




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