School-age 1

Cartoon Animals
March 2020


In the first two weeks of this month, School Age One had begun to show an interest in drawing animals and colouring them in. On the first Monday of March, after reading a library book about wild cats, we had many requests to get cheetah colouring pages and other animals such as wolves and eagles. Obtaining colouring pages of the children's requests was not easily available, so the children suggested that we draw the animals instead. We first saw the children using toy animals as a reference or outlining the shape and filling in the details free handed. Eventually, the children got assistance from their educators on how to draw animals step by step. We talked about how we can combine different shapes such as circles, ovals and squares to draw the animals. The children intently watched as Krista, the educator, drew their requests. During this process more than one child had commented that the first two steps of drawing the animal’s head and body looked like a mushroom. Monday and Tuesday were filled with drawing requests.


By Wednesday Erin, the educator, brought in more animal books the children can use as reference as well as further build their knowledge about specific animal species. The following week we brought in step by step drawing instructions of various animals that use similar shapes in the drawing process.


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Throughout these drawing sessions the children were able to practice a variety of different skills. They showed the ability to communicate with each other and their educators on what they wanted to draw and what their end results were. They showed a use of creative thinking when attempting to draw animals that they had never drawn before, as well as when they added the small details of each animal. Fine motor skills were used when drawing, colouring and some children even cut around each animal that they had drawn. The ability to follow directions was displayed as well, especially when the children were given the step by step directions on drawing certain animals. The foundations of belonging, expression and engagement were also seen during these times. If you would like to try to draw your own funny cartoon animals at home, we have included a link for you.











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Shannon Bell, RECE

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Deb Wintrip, RECE
Assistant Supervisor