Winter Directed Drawings: Winter, Polar Animal, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s


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Directed drawings are a fun way to teach students how to draw and build fine motor strength! The Winter Directed Drawing Unit will include eight different directed drawings. These directed drawings are very simple, making them perfect for little learners in preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Included are ideas to make directed drawings with various art media and background options.


• Full-page directed drawing poster

•Half-page directed drawing posters

•Draw and Write! Students can draw and then write about it below!

•Labels for Organization

•Student Covers

Directed Drawings Included:
– Winter Directed Drawings

Mittens, Snowman, Gingerbread, Reindeer, Tree, Menorah, Penguin, Polar Bear, & Valentine’s Heart

Reasons to Use Directed Drawings:

•Strengthens fine motor muscles.

•Easy way to infuse art into the classroom.

•Calming activity! Art is very calming and relaxing for most students.

•Fun way to practice following directions.

•Teaches students how to draw by noticing shapes in objects!

•Drawing is communicating! You will see growth and more details in their illustrations.

•Gorgeous bulletin boards and student art to decorate the classroom.

•Builds confidence and creativity.

These are perfect for Fine Motor Journals!

Helpful Tips and Tricks:

PREP: Print the directed drawing direction posters and prep the materials (paper, art media).

TEACHER-DIRECTED LESSON: The first few directed drawing activities need to be teacher-led to help all students be successful.

•You draw a step, model, and verbally explain how to draw each shape and the size (ex: “This shape looks like a small U shape, I’m going to make this small….down, curve, up”.) Then, students draw that step.

•Continue to model a step, then students draw a step until the drawing is complete.

•Model creating the background. Then, students create the background.

•Encourage students that their painting is going to be unique, it’s okay to mess up, and it’s okay if it’s not perfect.

SIGN THEIR NAME: Have students sign their names on the front of their drawings. Have name cards at the table for students to use as a model.

CENTER ACTIVITY: Once students have done multiple directed drawings in the classroom, they may be ready to do it independently. Now, you can use directed drawings in center activities, early finisher activities, morning activities, indoor recess, or in the art center. Put out the various supplies and let students choose what they want to use to create their directed drawing.

PRACTICE WITH DRY-ERASE BOARDS: You can have students practice on a dry-erase board. Practice the whole picture or practice shapes.

THE PERFECTIONIST STUDENTS! You will always have some students that want their drawings to be perfect. BEFORE you begin each directed drawing, have a conversation about how each one of us is amazing and unique, so your drawings will all be amazing and unique, just like them! You can also model making mistakes and model reacting to that mistake.

DIRECTED DRAWINGS DO NOT REPLACE OPEN-ENDED ART: Make time for open-ended art, too, so students have the opportunity to create, express themselves, and use their imagination that is process-focused, not product-focused.

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