“Mum… will you show me how to draw those circle things?”
“Do you mean mandalas?”
“Yeah… those nice circle pattern things.”
I try not to draw things for my kids. I want them to feel confident to give things a go. I want them to value their creative efforts even if they don’t look ‘real’ or are not ‘perfect’. But sometimes they need a little shove in the right direction… a little scaffold to help them build what they have in mind.
So after a lot wailing about wonkily drawn circles, I suggested that we use a tool to help us get our circles to look the way we wanted them to, and I fired up the computer. Zoe and Morgan worked together (with some technical help from me) to create their own scaffold for those ‘nice circle pattern things’. And then we made some other shapes too…
Then they set to work on their own mandalas and patterns and their creativity flowed freely, without any ‘I can’ts’.
You can download a zip file with the four drawing shapes – circle, square, octagon and mixed – here via google drive.
I’m trialing the new google drive for my printable today. If you click on the link above it should take you to the g-drive page with the files on it. To print them straight from g-drive, click on the file you want to print and it will open it and give you the option to print. To download the entire zip file go to file and choose ‘download’ (right down the bottom – or CTRL+S for PC users). Please let me know if you have any problems.