Color your world.


For today’s activity, I gave Lexi a box of crayon and a clean sheet of Manila Paper

I want to help her develop her fine motor skills while having fun. I was first thinking between letting her color a coloring book or the Manila paper. I decided to let her use Manila paper so that she has a bigger work area.

For the first 10 minutes, I let her scribble on her own. I noticed that she used them all. One by one. Perhaps she was exploring and curious on how they’d look on paper.

For the next 5 minutes, I guess she found her favorites. She separated Pink, Red and Blue from the rest.

Then for the next 5 minutes, she asked me to draw: (1) Elmo (2)Apples (3) Lexi.

When she was ready with more familiar characters, I asked her if she wanted to learn how to write her name, she agreed.

One thing I noticed about Lexi is that she is left-handed. That was the bump on our road. I was right-handed and she wanted me to teach her how to write but she was left-handed. So I had to show her how to write my name with my left hand.

At that moment, I felt like that I was learning too (hehe). She made me use the green crayon. (She hoarded red, pink and blue.)  After some practice, Lexi was already writing “LEXI”. Letters were about 4 inches each though. So that’s ok.

She then requested that I teach her “Mommy”. I told her that “Mommy” is longer than “Lexi” but we will try.

I wrote down “Mommy” and she started copying it. She was struggling with “M” and we ended up with “Moooo”. I think she got tired of “M” and particularly enjoyed “o”.


2 thoughts on “Color your world.

  1. ligurl27 says:

    How old is Lexi? It’s awesome that she’s taking an interest in writing her name. I haven’t quite worked that through with my son who is about 2.5 years old – he can spell his name but his motor skills with his hands are still a bit poor, or more so that he can’t sit still long enough to brush up on them! He can draw lines and circles and a rainbow but nothing too precise!


    • addiealfonso says:

      Hi Ligurl27. Thank you for reading my post.

      Lexi is 28 months old. We started letting lexi play with the crayon since December. Whenever I tried to teach her, we end up with just scribbles. She couldn’t even make a circle. I’d sit her down, maybe 2x a week, but it didn’t change. She tried using pencil, jumbo pencil, crayons and even my eye liner! 🙂 Sometimes I’d catch her scribbling on our walls.

      Today was actually an experiment, I didn’t tell her that she needs to use her right hand. It was when I didn’t force her that she showed progress. On her own, she got a crayon with her left hand. She has a better command on the crayon now. Her “LEXI” isn’t perfect but at least I can now tell it’s “LEXI”. 🙂

      Well maybe I guess, in time, your son will be able to do more than circles and rainbows. I guess the lesson I learned here is to let your child be. When they ask you to teach them, maybe that’s a sign that they’re ready. In the meantime, just guide them. You’ll soon see progress. Good luck! 🙂


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