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Learning Laboratory: From Thumbprint to Line Drawing


Emma (six years old) drew this adorable elephant after first making a thumbprint elephant by following the instructions in one of Ed Emberley’s Great Thumbprint Drawing Book. I love that she was able to see the shapes she would need to use for the elephant by making a thumbprint drawing! I think this method actually is working better for her than a more traditional shape-based drawing book.

Do you have a favorite art or drawing book that you think my kids would enjoy?

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

16 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: From Thumbprint to Line Drawing”

  1. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    What a lovely elephant. Children are so good at expressing themselves through the arts!

    I’ve gone back a bit in the archives at waddleeahchaa.com, but I thought our series on All Children can draw fit in perfect with your post.

    We love the books “ish” and “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. They do not teach children how to draw but encourage all children to have a go at drawing and painting. Love them!

  2. I love those step by step drawing books for kids. I don’t think any of us(in my family) are naturally talented drawers so this is fun for them to actually create something you can identify.

  3. This drawing is adorable. We tried several drawing books, including that one, with Anna, but she was not very interested.

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