He children's drawing favors writing, reading, creativity, helps the child to have more confidence in himself and to express his feelings. And skill, which he achieves with work and regular practice, is as important as the innate talent that a child may have for children's drawing.
Spontaneity, the use of colors, the spelling, the arrangement of the elements are just some of the nuances that psychologists analyze so that children's drawings tell us about their personality and emotions.
Through the drawings the children say many things about themselves. It may be that this is the reason why many parents are increasingly interested in the pictures their children make. The drawing can be converted, in some cases, into the mood thermometer of the child, since it translates what the child feels, thinks, wishes, or what worries him and makes him happy or sad.
Each child is his world and his circumstances can be seen in his drawings. If you ask a group of children to draw a little house in the country, all the pictures will be different. They may be somewhat alike, but they will never be the same. In addition to these particularities, it must be considered that the drawings also follow some stages that we could indicate as:
- The doodle stage
From 3 to 4 years of age. At first they are messy lines, without any logic or greater intention than to fill in the paper. Little by little the child controls the strength and direction of the line more and gives his scribbles an intention. It is when children say: 'it's a dog', even if we only see a scribbled circle.
- The pre-schematic stage
From 4 to 7 years of age. At this stage, children already begin to look for a defined shape when drawing, and they manage to approach the drawing they intend to represent. At first the legs and arms will only be lines. Little by little they will take shape and even paint their fingers and some details.
- The schematic stage
From 7 to 9 years of age. At this stage, the forms are finally defined. They even draw a lot of details. Children no longer draw the figures floating. A horizontal line appears that symbolizes the ground and the drawings are accompanied by various people and objects that fill the space.
- The stage of lrealista
From 9 to 12 years old. Children begin to find a way to represent what they see as they see it. Therefore, they try to reproduce the real dimensions of the objects, as well as the lights and shadows.
- The stage of spatial representation
From 13 years of age. People already show different features and are more interested in the proportions of objects.
Drawing is a spontaneous activity and, as such, it must be respected and considered the great work of children. If your child wants to draw, always encourage him to do so. Ideally, all children could have, from an early age, some contact with pencil and paper to learn to draw.
They will start with squiggles, and then move on to more recognizable shapes. The more children draw, the better they will draw, and the more benefits they will see in their development. Drawing facilitates and makes the child evolve in:
1. Fine motor skills
2. Writing and reading
4. Expressiveness of emotions, feelings and sensations
5. Communication with others and with yourself
7. Formation of your personality
8. Psychological maturity
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