06 Feb Are All Shapes Created Equal?
Learning and drawing basic shapes are generally associated with common preschool protocol just as much as circle time and two-hour naps. Some people can recall a memory from that time in their lives but are hard-pressed to recollect specific details such a favorite shape. This is probably because in the minds of many a shape is a shape is a shape, and the only special about them is their name. Shapes, however, actually should be introduced in a specific order when learning to draw them. This is determined by the ease of formation based on the development of pre-printing skills. It is important to note that the direction of how shapes are formed help to shape (pun intended) future writing and reading skills. Shapes are formed in a top to bottom and left to right direction. Below you will see a list of seven basic shapes from the simplest to the most complex and the verbal directions you can use to help encourage the correct formation.
Order of Development
1st Circle: Counter-clockwise line. Say, “Curve around.”
2nd Oval: Counter-clockwise line. Say, “Curve around.”
3rd Cross: Two intersecting lines. Say, “Zip down. Lift up. Zoom Across.”
4th Square: Four intersecting lines. Say, “Zip down. Zoom across. Lift up. Zoom across. Zip down.”
5th Rectangle: Four intersecting lines of different size. Say, “Zip down. Zoom across. Lift up. Zoom across. Zip down.”
6th Triangle: Two diagonal lines. Say, “Slide down. Lift up. Slide down. Lift up. Zoom across.”
7th Diamond: Four diagonal lines. Say, “Slide down. Slide down. Lift up. Slide down. Slide down.”
Remember to consult with your pediatrician for a prescription to see an occupational therapist if your child is demonstrating delays in drawing or handwriting skills. Have a playful day!
Amy Baez, MOT, OTR/L