Tuesdays are our drawing day. We have drawing journals and each Tuesday we sit down and draw in them in the afternoon. At some point yesterday, during play, my oldest daughter wanted to copy something, so I introduced tracing at the window. She enjoyed the concept of tracing so much that I printed off some simple images to trace for our drawing time today.
It was a sunny day so the images showed up very well through regular computer paper. I encouraged colored pencils, but they preferred markers. The papers were simply taped to the window.
The act of tracing encourages eye hand coordination and concentration. My daughters worked on their images and once they were traced, they were removed from the window to color at the table.
Both of my daughters were quite proud of their tracings. It was fun to separate the papers and unveil the work.
My oldest daughter enjoyed working on some more elaborate drawings.
I'm sure we will do this again sometime, and now that they've been introduced to the method, they can trace whenever they need or want to.