Observing and Drawing Daffodils

Observing closely and drawing what you see is a wonderful activity for encouraging children to notice the finer details of everyday objects. We decided to bring in one of our freshly blossomed daffodils to serve as the inspiration for our drawings.

The girls started out by taking some time to explore the daffodil with a magnifying glass—noticing the lines, shapes, textures and patterns of the flower. Next, using a fine-point, black permanent marker, the girls sketched what they saw. They finished by adding a wash of color over their drawings.




With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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