Colouring Shapes with Border Prompts
Updated: Aug 18
What is it
Colouring worksheets of shapes
Level 1: Thick borders
Level 2: Thin borders
Level 3: No borders
Learning to identify the shapes
Learn to colour within the borders
How to use
Start with Level 1, then slowly progress to level 2 then 3.
Thick borders are provided to allow room for error, as child may not understand to colour within the border or does not have enough control to do so
Emphasize colouring ‘inside’ the lines (i.e. good colouring inside the lines!)
Ensure that your child is looking when he/she is colouring. If he/she is not, stop him from colouring and allow to resume when he looks. Praise for good looking!
If your child colours outside the lines, provide feedback (i.e. that’s not inside) and prompt him/her to colour inside.
Prompt the child hand over hand and slowly reduce your holding pressure if he starts to understand to colour within the lines.
Colouring is a great activity to practice other objectives, such as
1) holding the writing tool in the tripod position (provide thicker colouring tool)
2) sustained attention (praise for good looking)
3) producing enough downward pressure to prepare for writing skill (get your child to stamp or colour harder)
Embed more learning opportunities
Choose the correct colour pencil to colour the shape
What colour is the shape? (yellow)
Can you get (yellow)?
Can you find the same colour? (pointing to the shape)
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