Story paper has been commonly used to encourage creative writing for emergent
readers and writers. There are many other ways to incorporate it
at an earlier stage. Here are some ideas:
Encourage children to make their own drawings instead of using coloring pages
as much as possible within any educational activity. Draw simple
pictures frequently in front of children so that they are comfortable with the
Provide a variety of materials to keep their interest in drawing
and making their own artwork: markers, watercolor pencils, erasable
crayons and color pencils, water soluble pastels, poster paints, different
sizes of brushes, Q-tips. Erasable materials help
children to easily make the changes they want along the way and eases
Learning the Alphabet:
Children can draw, paint, color pictures relating to a letter of the
Make a memorable My Alphabet Art Gallery Book. Children will
select their favorite piece of artwork from each letter of the alphabet to
assemble the book.
Preschool - K: After children have practiced writing letters with
dotted guideline worksheets, have them practice writing the letters
independently. Write one letter example for the children to
Kindergarten and older:
When presenting a topic, such as an animal theme-- have children draw their
own representation of the animal and suggest to include elements of their
habitat. Present realistic images or video materials to help for
Learning Numbers and their Value:
1. Have children practice numbers by drawing a number of objects
within a theme, or holiday activity to represent the number.
2. Have children paste a number of fairly flat items: used stamps,
leaves (seasonal), theme stickers (apple stickers on a simple tree trunk
drawing). Practice simple addition and subtraction by adding or
removing objects before pasting them.
3. Use rubber stamps or small cookie cutters (holiday or seasonal) with
a washable ink pad to stamp a number of images.
Example: Have children draw stars or candy canes Christmas, hearts (St.
Valentine's) to represent a number. Children can practice writing the
numeral and or the number word in the handwriting lines.
Learning Shapes and Numbers
Have children draw a designated shape and practice to write the shape
Have children draw or glue a certain number of shapes (paper cut-outs or
foamies) representing a number. Practice writing the numeral and/or
Reading | Comprehension: Suggest to draw their favorite character or their
favorite part of a story, picture book, poem, song, nursery rhyme,
educational video or TV program. Help children write a sentence that
explains their artwork. Example: Make a drawing of your favorite
part in Little Miss Muffet: Miss Muffet running away from the
Visual Arts | Art Appreciation:
Present the concepts of a self-portrait, a landscape, a collage, a still life
and more. The concept of shapes, lines (zigzag, straight, curved), and
colors (primary, secondary and complimentary) within any learning theme.
Explain the use of frames in art. Encourage children to decorate and or
color the frame to complement their artwork.
Science and Social Studies:
Children can make depictions that allows them to present a particular subject
discussed, such as the water cycle, weather conditions (a gray cloud with rain
drops, a sun), from caterpillar to butterfly, seed germination steps, etc.
Present what is a self-portrait, show examples from art books, museum or
online museum visit. Ask children if they can tell how the person feels,
is the person happy, sad, surprised, etc. Ask children to make drawings
of themselves when they are happy, sad, surprised, angry. Help children
write a sentence that explains the drawing: I am happy when ...., I am
sad when ..., I was surprised when ....
All About Myself:
Create a drawing gallery book depicting family members (my family), favorite
things, my home, pet, food, snacks, holiday, etc.
Make sure children write their name and give a special title to their
artwork. Adult can help add the date and other annotations on the back
as well. Display artwork and make it special.
Other Gallery Book ideas:
The seasons: A tree depicting the seasons, a different flower,
fruit or plant commonly in season in your region.
The months and special holidays of the year: a favorite holiday
depiction for every month, and a special drawing depicting the child's
The days of the week: a favorite activity that happens each day
of the week.
Colors of My World: a depiction of objects of a certain
color. A yellow sun, a red balloon, an orange pumpkin, etc.
This paper can also be used to start a collection of flat objects: leaves,
postcards, stamps, stickers. Attach and
laminate over the object. Adults can assist to write or compose the