Why Drawing is Important for Your Child’s Development 🖍📱
One of the first things a child can do is pick up a pencil and start drawing. And as new technologies are becoming much more accessible to children and their families, they bring with them new ways to learn important creative skills. We see drawing as one of the most fundamental of these skills – here are just some of the reasons why…
Drawing makes children more expressive
Children can’t always express themselves using words and actions, so drawing is another important form of communication. You can gain an insight into your child’s thoughts and feelings through their drawings. Being able to express what they feel also boosts a child’s emotional intelligence.
It enhances your child’s motor skills
From a small scribble to a masterpiece that takes pride of place on the fridge, drawing can enhance your child’s motor skills from a young age. Starting them as early as possible will help them improve their hand and eye coordination, while fine-tuning their finger muscles. Try our dot to dot app Artie’s Magic Pencil to help with this. Our little artistic hero can help little ones build confidence in their creative skills. ‘If you can draw these simple shapes then you can draw anything!’
Drawing develops your kid’s problem solving skills
When drawing, a child is faced with multiple decisions- whether it’s ‘what colour should I use here?’ or ‘How do I draw a animal and connect one part of its body to another?’ All these questions require them to solve problems. Try asking them why they drew certain parts the way they did or why they used certain colours, and see what solutions they came to.
It lets their imagination run wild!
Drawing enables your child’s imagination to become more active. Each time they draw they access their imagination and make physical representations of what’s in their mind. People’s imaginations have allowed them to create all of the things that we use and are surrounded by everyday. Our sister companies Nobrow and Flying Eye Books publish some fantastic books, of which one of our absolute favourites is ‘Nightlights’ by Lorena Alvarez. It’s a charming story of a young girl’s boundless imagination, with beautiful illustrations.
Drawing gets your little ones school ready
Drawing is one of the early foundations of logical thinking or abstract thought. Whether your child is still at home with you or at school already, drawing helps them prepare for understanding more difficult concepts. Learning these creative ways of thinking at an early age readies a child for future education. Provide your kids with a variety of materials to draw with, for example crayons, paint, chalk – and don’t forget digital media tools too, to help them get used to the tablets and other computers that they’re sure to use frequently in the future.
There are many reasons why starting to draw early can help children to develop creative skills. We hope some of the tips above have been helpful for you – but we’d love to hear your ideas too! How do you encourage your child’s drawing skills, and what sort of things do they enjoy drawing? Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @minilabstudios!