We are well into our Airplane Theme and the boys are having a fun time. I was able to click a few pictures (on my phone) as Jacob worked on his color by number picture.
All I did was print the picture and add numbers and colors. (see top left of picture) I explained to Jacob what to do he and he got busy right away. He enjoyed having to follow the directions, surprise! At first he just colored the numbers so I had to clarify to him that he should color the whole section.
He did a nice job and stayed in the lines for the most part. Usually he colors all around inside and outside of the lines, which is developmentally appropriate but not so appealing. I was happily surprised to see him staying within the lines. Notice how he is holding the crayon.
As you can see from this chart, Jacob at 4 years old at the end of August, is right on track. If you have been following the blog for a while, you will notice his progression with holding a crayon. This absolutely happens naturally without prompting. Knowing my boy, if I tried to prompt him his would do it the opposite way just to spite me anyway! The important thing to know is that this is developmental not based on what has been taught! Print and reference this chart as you work with your little one. It is important to let them develop naturally. Only intervene if they become behind the recommended developmentally appropriate levels.
This project is an easy way to practice motor skills, numbers and colors. Plus you can do it with pictures in coloring books which makes it a very inexpensive activity. As they grow add more numbers and more colors making the picture more detailed.