Drawing pictures not only promotes motor skills and the imagination of the little ones, but it is also a means of expressing their feelings. Most children like to paint, but there are also those who have little knowledge of pen and paper. We’ll show you how important painting is for children and how you can animate your offspring.
The development of childish doodles
In the first few pictures that children paint, we parents can usually not really see much, yet they are extremely important for their development. Towards the end of the first year of life, the children can often hold a pen and scribble with it. However, they only manage to draw circles and vertical lines or hold the pen in writing when they are around 3 years old. But just a year later, at around 4 years of age, you can see significantly more details in the pictures: As vertical reference points, you can clearly differentiate between heaven and earth, but of course, everything is still without perfection.
Children learn to concentrate well when they draw. Only if you look closely can you put what you see on the page. The feeling of color develops during the subsequent coloring.
Many children write their first letters in the middle of their fifth year of life. At this age, a possible left-handedness can also be determined. From the age of 6 onwards, skills are continuously developed and perfected, writing is learned, and the images become far more detailed.
Why you should start doing this early with your child
The hand-eye coordination, which is extremely important for painting and writing, children have to train for years. Even at school age, many children still find it difficult to perform swing exercises within the lines, and it often takes the first year of school to stick to the basic lines when writing.
Writing is not a process that we humans are born with. When painting and writing, different regions of the brain are required, which ideally have to work well together. With a handy, thick crayon, your baby automatically begins to create a network between his different brain areas.
This is how you can support your child
You can promote your child’s newly learned skills, give him advice, and encourage him in every situation in life.
- From their first birthday, make sure they have paper and crayons and let your child practice as often as they want.
- Honor his artwork and praise your child. Hang up the drawings or make beautiful mementos out of them (e.g., frame the picture, make cards for relatives or use it as a cover sheet for your agenda). Your child will be proud and motivated to try new things over and over again.
- Try out different colors – wax crayons, felt pens, finger paints, watercolors, etc. So your child can let his creativity run free and try out the different techniques.
- If you feel like it, you can practice drawing straight lines with your child. Because what we see is made up of basic geometric shapes (e.g., circles, rectangles, triangles, squares). Children first have to learn to recognize the basic shapes of a house, for example. If you paint along, it can learn important outlines from you.
- If your child can write the first few letters themselves, you should not interrupt them while they are doing something. Don’t interfere and let your child go their own way while drawing, even if the letters are mirrored. Don’t feel pressured to teach your child to write before they start school if they aren’t interested. Better wait until it’s really interesting!
- Talk to your child a lot and read to them daily. The more language your offspring hears, the more their brain can develop. In the long term, this promotes communication skills, and this also includes writing.
Painting as an important step in development
Like everything in life, the ability to draw takes time, and each child sets their own pace. However, you can do a lot to make paper and pen interesting for your child and thus actively support them in their learning.