We are working on pencil grip for a certain school boy in our house. He has a weird way of using his middle finger where his pointer should be, and he doesn’t like being corrected. So I’m trying to come up with a few new drawing and writing activities that are so cool and different that he won’t mind so much when I ask him to hold his pencil correctly.
Today we got out some new goodies to explore while we were drawing. Today we were drawing and exploring with geometry tools – a ruler, a protractor, a compass, and a ‘curve’.
First we tried the interesting looking compass. A compass is not the easiest thing to use, especially for small hands, but we had fun making some wonky circles. It was interesting to watch Morgan figuring out that the wider you open the compass the bigger the circle you can draw!
Then we played with the ruler and protractor, making various lines and shapes.
Lastly we tackled the very cool ‘curve’. This was by far the most fun. It’s like a bendy ruler and you can bend it and curve it to almost any shape you like. It’s great for making train tracks and mazes and even a map of where The BFG lives (guess which book we are reading right now?)
Noah had fun attempting to use the geometry tools and the girls (who are in grade three) measured angles and tried to make various triangles and precise shapes in their drawings. And Morgan was so busy creating and experimenting and learning new skills he barely noticed me correct his pencil grip and only rolled his eyes at me once!
Have you ever played with a ‘curve’? I confess I had as much fun with that today as the kids did!