These Free Printable Summer Directed Drawing worksheets are not only the perfect way to learn how to draw but also to practice creative writing skills with your little kids. Grab yours today!
If your kiddos want to learn how to draw and you’re not sure how to go about it, then these Free Printable Summer Directed Drawing worksheets are just what you need.
These free printables include so many fun summer drawing activities including ice cream, a sandcastle, and even seashells. Your early elementary learners will have a blast with these quick & easy directed drawing exercises.
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Directed drawing breaks down seemingly complicated pictures into step by step directions that are simple for little kids to follow. It’s a great way to not only practice fine motor skills but also build confidence.
These free printable directed drawing worksheets are a quick & easy distance learning solution that your kiddos are sure to love! When they’ve finished practicing with the printable worksheets, then have them make summer canvas art using their choice of the pictures they learned to draw.
Summer Canvas Art Ideas
The directed drawing activities are perfect to make summer canvas art. Practice mixed media techniques and/or explore process art using these fun summer pictures.
Mixed media basically just means using more than one type of supply to make art, so try mixing crayons and watercolors or even tempera paint sticks and stamping ink. Either way, you’ll create a gorgeous piece of art that you can display in your classroom or homeschool.
Your little learners can create amazing watercolor art too. Regardless of which materials and mediums you choose, these directed drawing worksheets are a wonderful opportunity to make lots of fun summer-themed art.
Interested in experimenting with process art? Grab a directed drawing worksheet and some supplies and let your little kids have at it. Process art is great for early elementary learners because it’s open-ended and has no definite end product.
It’s a fun way to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving skills. How can you use the supplies you were given to make something totally unique?
Creative Writing Activities
There are so many possibilities for taking these directed drawing activities and turning them into works of art. And of course, don’t forget about the creative writing aspect as well.
You could for sure buy your little kids their very own primary composition book to keep their drawings and stories in. What a special keepsake for years to come!
And what about a summer-themed show and tell? Have each student draw the picture, write a story, and then take turns sharing with one another.
Want to add an extra challenge to the writing prompts? Encourage your kiddos to use specific words in their story or poem. For example, this week’s spelling list. It’s a great way to extend the activity and build on other skills that your little kids are learning at the same time.
Summer Picture Books for Little Kids
We love doing these awesome directed drawing activities during read-aloud time. Hands-on activities are a wonderful way to keep little hands busy, so you’re definitely going to want to check out some of these summer favorites today.
- And Then Comes Summer* by Tom Brenner
- Sea Glass Summer* by Michelle Houts
- Oliver & Hope’s Adventure Under the Stars* by Meg Cadts
- Sun, Sun: The Joy of a Summer Day at the Beach* by Brad Gray
- One Crazy Summer* by Rita Williams-Garcia
- Summer Color!* by Diana Murray
Summer Printables & Activities
Want more summer-themed fun? Try some of these creative summer activities with your little learners today.
- Seashell Counting Notebook
- Free Printable Summer Tracing Worksheets
- Ice Cream Symmetry Printables
- Free Printable Carnival Sequencing
- Summer Tracing Mini Book Activity
Directed Drawing Prompts
These directed drawing prompts are meant to encourage creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills which are important for little kids.
A lot of the ideas involve imaginative thinking, so be sure to encourage your little kids to be as creative as possible.
Preschoolers and kindergartners can dictate their story to you while older kiddos can write their own.
These directed drawing printables also work well for copywork. Write the story your little kids dictate to you on the printable, then let them use their very own special composition notebook to draw the picture, create a scene, and then copy their story.
- Beach Ball – Write a story or poem about playing with friends at the beach.
- Crab – Write a story or poem describing a day in the life of a crab.
- Fish – Write a story or poem about a fish exploring the ocean.
- Ice Cream – Write a story or poem describing your favorite frozen treat.
- Sailboat – Write a story or poem about a sailboat going on an adventure.
- Sandcastle – Write a story or poem about living in a sandcastle.
- Sand Dollar – Write a story or poem about life as a sand dollar.
- Seashell – Write a story or poem about collecting seashells at the beach.
- Sun – Write a story or poem describing your favorite thing to do on a sunny day.
- Sunscreen – Write a story or poem explaining why sunscreen is important.
Free Printable Summer Directed Drawing
Keep in mind that all preschoolers and kindergartners do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
I hope you enjoy using this free printable summer directed drawing with your little kids as much as I enjoyed creating it with mine.
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