We recently took a few family trips both two the beach and to an aquarium where the kids got to see many types of sea life. MD has been infatuated with sealife, especially sharks for quite a while now. So I wanted to focus some art activities on this theme. Here is our watercolor ocean resist. I drew the sea creatures with crayon, colored in a couple of them, and then had MD color the rest. The funny thing is, MD has never really colored in a coloring book. Most, if not all his art has been pretty "free" so he really did not get the concept of coloring inside the lines. This is the first time I showed him how to stay inside, but of course he did not.
I really don't know how to go about this because small part of me thinks he should learn to color inside the lines and maybe he should know this by now, or at least try. But another part of me (a bigger part) feels that this would be hindering the creativity that I am trying to encourage in him. So for now I guess I'll wait.
This is our ocean, after he colored and then brushed over it with blue and teal watercolors.
And this is his picture of a "park" he did all by himself.