Coloring within Lines

Coloring

The objective of coloring is for your child to be independently able to color a picture and staying with in the lines of the picture.
Coloring within lines will help your child with his writing skills. Writing takes place in a limited space and being able to color/stay within a limited space will give your child the concept of how to work in that space.

Instructions for Lesson

1. Sit at the table with your child.
2. Engage your child by saying your child’s name and or touching your child’s arm.
3. Put a coloring book or a picture and a crayon/marker in front of your child.
4. After you have your child’s attention, hand the crayon/marker to your child, point to the picture and say “(Child’s name) let’s color the picture”.
5. Perfect outcome: your child takes the crayon and starts coloring the picture.

Not so perfect outcome: your child takes the crayon and just sits there.

What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) let’s color the picture”, then prompt your child to color the picture. Use the hand over hand technique to show your child to color the picture and stay within the lines.

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child starts coloring, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.

Tip:

in order to make it easier for your child to stay within the lines, take some glitter glue or glue that dries in a thick line and outline the picture with it. Let it dry overnight. That way whenever your child is trying to go out of the lines there’s a tangible reminder that they are crossing the line.

It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right outcome or even if your child is trying really hard. If you have any further questions please join our help desk.

Items you need:

Paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils

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