Have you ever stopped to consider the role that lines play in your child’s education? From the stripes on a zebra to the branches of a tree, lines are an essential part of our visual landscape. But did you know that lines can also play a critical role in promoting your child’s learning and development?  

At Creative World School, we believe that lines are not just an art element but a powerful tool for enhancing your child’s early education experience. Here are just a few ways that lines can support your child’s learning and development:  

Lines can help your child understand math concepts: Using lines and shapes in art activities can help your child understand essential math concepts such as geometry, symmetry, and measurement. For example, folding a piece of paper in half, tracing a shape, cutting it out, and then unfolding the paper to reveal the two shapes can help them understand symmetry.  

Lines can promote creativity and imagination: Encouraging your child to draw lines and shapes freely, without any predetermined outcome, can help them explore different textures, colors, and patterns, and can foster a sense of experimentation and discovery. This kind of free-form artistic expression can inspire creative thinking and problem-solving in all areas of your child’s life.  

Lines can improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination: Drawing lines and shapes requires fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, both of which are essential for your child’s physical and cognitive development. Providing opportunities for your child to draw, paint, and create with lines and shapes helps your child develop these critical skills.  

At Creative World School, our Exploratorium™ curriculum integrates lines and shapes into a variety of learning experiences, from art projects to science experiments. By emphasizing the art of lines and the ways in which they can enhance learning, we’re helping your child build a strong foundation for a lifetime of creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking.  

We invite you to explore the many ways that lines are woven into our curriculum and to join us in promoting your child’s learning and development. Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education, and we look forward to continuing to partner with you on this exciting journey.  

Activities To Do With Your Child 

    1. Go on a nature walk and collect different types of sticks, leaves, and other natural materials. Use these materials to create a line collage or sculpture. Talk to your child about the different types of lines they see in nature and how they can use these materials to create their own art. 
    2. Create a shape scavenger hunt in your home or yard. Give your child a list of shapes to find (circles, squares, triangles, etc.), and have them draw or trace the shapes they find onto a piece of paper. Talk to them about the different types of lines they see in each shape and encourage them to experiment with drawing different types of lines themselves. 
    3. Play a game of “follow the line.” Draw a winding line on a piece of paper or sidewalk and have your child use a toy car, ball, or another object to follow the line. Encourage them to experiment with different speeds, directions, and movements to see how they can interact with the line. 
    4. Have a line drawing competition. Give your child a piece of paper and some markers, and challenge them to draw the longest, curliest, or most creative line they can. Encourage them to experiment with different colors and patterns to make their line unique.  

We hope these activities inspire you and your child to explore the art of lines together and have fun while learning!