Miika loves colouring and he’s really really good at it. Seriously, I know how that sounds, so typically parent of me, but here’s his story:
Miika, the colouring master!
Miiks has dyslexia. At the age of 3 he could write the whole alphabet down, but it was from right to left, back to front. Now, 4 years later, he has over-processed symbols completely. While he can write numbers and letters facing both ways, he has no idea which way is actually right.
Consequently, we’re not doing any writing right now. We’re only using scrabble tiles to spell out words and working on reading. Hopefully this will help by building some more confidence in my little Miiks.
Luckily we don’t need to worry about his fine motor skills as he’s loved colouring for a couple of years now, and can get quite obsessed over it. Yet this made me think about other children who might be struggling with fine motor skills and how colouring is an excellent (and fun!) way for kids to work on these skills.
Miika didn’t always love colouring/drawing though and used to just “sign” his empty papers. I did some research into this and found some great tips for kids who aren’t keen on the matter. I’ve got a half written blog somewhere that this blog might push me to finish….. I’ll update here if I actually do….. That blog covers all the nitty gritties, but the biggest tip I can give is buy good quality marker, ones while lots of colour, that don’t dry out easily and that glides easily over the page. Kids like colour but don’t want to work for it.
Anyway, sometimes I feel like a bad parent just letting Miika colour. Even though I know he’s improving his fine motor coordination, and that it take a lot of concentration doing what he’s doing… but me being me can’t help myself.
Dot-to-dots are amazing but doesn’t really colour well. On the other hand, colour by numbers are fabulous. Miika gets so super excited every time he can see a little piece of the mystery being revealed, which made me think….
A hidden picture mystery
This month we are combining a few activities to create the ultimate by number mystery using a hidden picture!
First we are going to make our colours. We are using tissue paper as something crumpled up contains a lot of mystery. You can use pom poms too if you would like.
We are going to cut each sheet of tissue paper into 96 squarish rectangles. This doesn’t have to be perfect in any way. We found it easiest to cut on the already folded lines until we had 24 pieces; then we stacked them on top of each other and cut them into four again until we had a total of 96 pieces. We did this with two pieces of tissue paper in 3 different colours.
Then we crumpled!!! And took a rest. And had a tissue paper fight. Shame poor Wren had so much fun throwing them up in the air shouting SURPRISE!!! And then of course we kinda HAD to clean. What’s great about this craft is that you can’t really mess up the tissue papers, we need them to be crumpled!
Next, we prepped our hidden picture mystery sheet. Download it HERE: Hidden picture. We attached our hidden picture printout to some contact paper with some paper clips. Next, we very carefully removed the non-sticky side from the contact paper corner by corner so we were left with our printout facing up at the bottom and the contact paper facing sticky side up on top of that, attached with paper clips.
Next we choose which colours represented which numbers. You can do any combo you like. And then we used our awesome SPY tweezers and went to work. One tissue paper ball for each circle with a number. Miika was so driven by not knowing what the picture was!
Afterwards we removed the printable from our contact paper.
Mystery revealed! The hidden picture is a….