July 8, 2012

Scribble-Dribble Marker Design

Scribble-Dribble Marker Design

This activity could be called Scribble-scrabble Dribble-drabble since it involves scribbling with markers and dribbling with water.  It was a three day process for one year old Calvin, but the time frame could be shortened for an older child.

Procedure for Day One:

This was Calvin's first experience with markers and paper.  He was eager to experiment independently.  My job was to keep the markers away from his face and mouth.  The pacifier helped.

  • At first he was hesitant to use the markers.  He hardly applied any pressure, which resulted in short, faint lines.  Notice how he's holding the marker to the side.  This created a problem for him: it was harder to draw his lines.

  • He tried holding the marker upright, which seemed to be more satisfying.  As his confidence grew, his lines became longer and darker, some even changed direction.

  • Like all one year olds, Calvin has a short attention span which resulted in a stop and start scribble session.  He would scribble a little bit, crawl off to play, then come back and scribble some more. Finally his attention waned completely, and I put the markers away.

Procedure for Day Two:

I filled Calvin's red bucket with about an inch of warm water, and handed him a chubby brush.  I set the bucket and his scribble design from yesterday in front of him.  I hoped he'd 'paint' the drawing with water.

  • At first he swished his hand back and forth in the water, like he does during his bath.  Then he picked up the brush and swished it in the water too. That was a good start.

  • Calvin dabbed the paper a few times with his brush.  Then, oops!  He knocked the bucket over with his knee. No worries, the paper did get wet, and Calvin did see the colors spread.  So with that we called it a day. 

Procedure for Day Three

  • As the paper dried, the marker lines softened into a blurry background.  I had Calvin draw some fresh lines on the design.  The new lines contrasted nicely with the soft background, and the design was done.  

Scribbling and drawing are fun activities for kids, but they are educational too.  As young artists engage in drawing activities, they develop coordination skills that will eventually be used in writing. 

Extend the Activity:

  • Mary Ann Kohl is the author of many children's art books, but my favorite is Scribble Art.  There are many drawing activities inside as well as painting, printmaking, and much more.

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  • I love doodle boards.  They're great for practicing drawing skills.

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Do you have a comment or a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.

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