Explore through play
Set up an area with rulers and lots of different mark-making materials: pencils, chalks, crayons, pens etc. Encourage children to practice drawing straight lines.
- Are some mark-making materials easier to use?
- What patterns and shapes can they make?
Explore straight lines in the playground or school hall. Children could try walking along the edge of a metre rule, a P.E. bench or lines marked out for a football pitch or hopscotch. Can they use metre rules to make their own shapes for their friends to follow?
Compare and contrast
Compare the Etch A Sketch with an iPad (or similar digital tablet).
What can children see that’s the same or different?
Try drawing with an iPad or tablet. How is this the same or different to drawing on an Etch A Sketch?
Straight line challenge
Try drawing or making patterns with a pencil and a ruler, using only straight lines (children might find this easier to do on squared paper).
- What shapes can children make?
- Can they make these shapes without taking their pencil off the paper?
- Can they write the letter of their first name using only straight lines? Can they do it without taking their pencil off the paper?
What questions do children have about this toy? Encourage them to think carefully about something they would really like to find out about the Etch A Sketch. They could take it in turns to hold a picture of a large question mark, and think of a question beginning with Who, Where, Why, What, When or How to share with the group or class.
Where could they find out the answers? They could: