Maia brought home a little book from school called Thumbprint Critters (She brings a new book home each night to read for homework). She wanted to try out some of the ideas after reading it, so we brought out the inkpads and paper.
First she used her thumb and fingerprints to draw figures and hearts.
Then she copied one of the critters from the book (a pig) by making a thumbprint and adding details with a pen.
Then Maia drew many of the critters from the book with a pen only (no thumbprints) and colored them in with markers.
I've never brought home any "how to draw" books for Maia so it was especially interesting to see how she interacted with this book. She gathered inspiration and information from it without getting hung up on doing things exactly as presented. I have to say I was impressed! (I realize, of course, that at a different stage, she might interact with a book like this differently.)
Have your kids used any "how to draw" type books or have you used any with your kids? I'd love to hear your thoughts!