Draw + Learn: Faces

Draw + Learn: Faces

I think I’ve mentioned before that my artistic skills are lacking.  My level is stick people.  I can draw a decent stick person.  More than that is pushing it.  I remember one time when Avery was 3 or 4 and we were drawing.  I drew a shark and she asked me what it was.  I told her and she thought about it for a minute.  She said “Well, if you tell me that it’s an airplane, I’ll say it’s really good.”  Apparently, it was a pretty bad shark but my sweet lady didn’t want to say that.  So, that pretty much says it all about my artistic capabilities.

So when I find a step by step book that helps my little ladies (and maybe me too) learn drawing basics, I am all in with it!  Timberdoodle’s Draw + Learn Faces was a definite hit with us!  Recommended ages are 3-6.  I used it with my 7 and 4 year olds.

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This book is included in the Preschool Curriculum Kit but I have it on good authority that it is helpful to anyone who needs a step by step drawing guide (ages up to….uh, 32 at least).  The book starts with pages focusing on each facial feature and different ways to draw them.  The kiddos get to practice each of those individually before combining them later on in the book.  My girls loved the silly aspect of drawing faces on flowers, potatoes, ice cream cones, etc.  I loved that it added to their imagination and creativity.  Reminded them that they could make any inanimate object into a character.

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There are several pages towards the end with blank frames for them to combine what they have learned and draw their own faces (theirs or just their own creations).  Before using this book, my girls each had one way that they tended to always draw certain facial features (whether that was my own poor art direction or just habit).  I loved how this helped them to branch out and gave several different examples of how to draw each feature.  Eyes with eyebrows. Eyes with lashes. With glasses.  Full lips.  Smiles with teeth and without.  My other favorite thing about this book is the doodle aspect.  How intimidating would it be to learn to draw in a professionally illustrated book?  I love that the pictures in this book are drawn in a doodle format.  Simple lines and shapes put together to make faces.  Bright, bold colors but not too much intricate detail.  I think that really helped the girls own the drawings.

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Draw + Learn: Faces was another Timberdoodle win for this family! There are others in the series including places, animals, and people.  I am planning on getting those too….maybe for an upcoming birthday or Easter baskets.  Paired with a new set of colored pencils and it would make a super cute gift!

We received a copy of this book from Timberdoodle to review.  All opinions are my own.

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Are you taking a holiday break or playing catch up?  We are trying to catch up and I am trying to keep reminding myself that we aren’t on anybody else’s schedule. With Kaylee’s health issues at the beginning of our school year and everyone in the house catching the plague earlier in the month, I feel like we’ve been trying to catch up all year long.  But we’re giving ourselves grace and going at our own pace….

I Can Doodle, Can You?

We love doodling in this house.  I doodle when I’m making phone calls, I doodle when the girls are doing school work, the girls doodle when I read to them.  We have gotten dedicated doodle books before to guide our doodling and we love those books.

So when we got the chance to try out I Can Doodle Rhymes from Timberdoodle, I knew it would be right up our alley!

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I was right! The girls totally loved this.  Avery is older than the target age for this book but she still enjoyed it.  She is at that point in reading where her confidence is growing and she is just THRILLED whenever she can read something herself.  She was able to read all of these rhymes and that made it so much more fun for her.  Bonus for mom was that she could do it 100% independently!

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Kaylee has just gotten a good grasp on rhyming so she was having fun using these rhymes as a starting point and then thinking of anything else to go along with that particular word set.  The format was perfect for her age/ability too!  As everyone knows by now, we follow a Brave Writer Lifestyle so the copywork aspect fit right into our realm.

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Disclaimer: She does her own lipstick and she’s in a “loving leftover Halloween lipstick” stage.

 

This doodle book is included in Timberdoodle’s Kindergarten Curriculum Kit and I think that is the perfect place for it.  My girls are on either end of that (Pre-K and 1st) and this was a big WIN for both of them.  I am a big believer that learning should be fun and that the more fun you have, the more you will be learning.  That kinder age is such a special time when kids have voracious appetites for learning and it is so important to foster that and continue to make it fun.  I Can Doodle Rhymes does just that!

In her own words, Avery’s review is: “Great! I really like drawing and writing and I got to do both.”

In her own words, Kaylee says “That one is funny! And fun!”

 

*I received a free copy of this product from Timberdoodle for the purpose of an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

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You know the saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach”?? We have that problem with read alouds. I’ve picked one, Avery’s picked one, we have a holiday one, we have our Quiver of Arrows ones. 

How many read alouds at one time is too many?? 😂😂 Today, school is going to be finishing a couple of these!!

Music is what feelings sound like.

I LOVE music! I love to sing along and rock out to all sorts of music….classic rock, country, alternative, old school hip hop, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. I have a song and a playlist for every mood or occasion. 

But I am also tone deaf. As much as I love music, I’ve never played an instrument or attempted to learn one. Air guitar is as far as my music career has gone.

Both of the girls have recently decided that they want to play an instrument. Great-I am all for that but this is an area where I cannot teach them myself. Too far out of my realm.  Our schedule is a bit cramped right now so we just don’t have time right now to work in traditional instrument lessons.

Avery started asking for a guitar several months before her birthday and she was so excited to get one. Her dad plays guitar and is giving her lessons but due to his work schedule, their lessons are infrequent.  Our musically inclined friends have led us to a few different apps and websites that help beginners learn so we are trying that out.

Kaylee decided that she would love to play piano. A piano is a bit harder and more expensive to accommodate but she has been talking about it for a year! We were so lucky that one of dad’s coworkers was looking to get rid of his piano and not only gave it to us for free but helped move it to our house too! Kaylee and I are using Hoffman Academy on YouTube to learn how to play. We are only a few lessons in but so far, it is working well. I am officially a pro at hot cross buns so maybe there is hope for me yet!

We’ll have a family band going in no time at all….

Do you or your kids play any instruments? Have you always been musically inclined or do you have to work at it like me?