Observe the child with paper and a crayon or marker, first spontaneously, then after watching an adult.
The adult then models drawing a straight vertical stroke, making a “road” or a “ziipp!” sound to interest the child in the movement.
After observing the adult make a straight line, the child imitates this action.
Encourage parents to give the child a place and time to draw. The child will say his scribbles represent a drawing. Early childhood educators and parents can ask what the child is making and make their own drawing. Draw alongside of the child. Demonstrate how to make a vertical line for a road, then drive a small car down the road. The child will want to make a road too. This type of imitation will prompt the child to try making different directional strokes.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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