The impact of these artistical actions is highly positive, drawing, coloring, painting, sketching, all being known to improve the development of cognitive, social and physical skills of the little one. Find out how and more details on these, after the break.
A child should never ask himself “what to draw”. The realm of imagination is infinite, through the power of example his creativity can stumble across this realm for years and years without ever getting bored. It is important to be by his side, to point them towards interesting, cool drawings that can raise the interest of the little one.
Drawing is known to improve one`s motor skills. As the child practice painting, sketching- coloring the action fine tunes the muscles and eventually balances the finger, wrist, and arm movement to perfectly control the utensils in order to get the right result.
In time it is recommended to change the drawing techniques and utensils as the child masters movement; present him variety and let him choose his path. He`ll surely be attracted to one type of artistic expression and from that point on the journey truly changes.
Art can also be great to promote social interaction and language skills development. While traveling the realm of imagination the child discovers the incredible and in the attempt to actually materialize it on paper a story is being shaped, one that ought to be heard, one that can give birth to a beautiful, constructive, educative dialogue for all parties involved.
In most cases the child will attempt to explain the beautiful drawing he realized, he will offer details, he`ll invite you to express your opinion, opinion very important for him, opinion that if supportive and encouraging can be great a boost in his confidence, trust, morale. Seamlessly the practice can be translated into an educative session.
In this dialogue and in this search of incredible with no limits the child will have huge decisions to make at a certain time, he`ll need to decide what colors to use, what paper to use, where to position the smiling sun and the angry clouds. Here a very important filter comes in, one that will help the little one decide on what works best, what suits him better. This highlights the immense influence of drawing in the early development of the decision-making process on children, a process of immense importance that if developed early on can greatly benefit the individual in the long run.
One more thing bears immense importance in the development of the child, the ability to conceptualize. This skill is learned first-hand through drawing as children around the age of three starts showing interest in representing pieces of the real world in his drawings. To do this properly the child uses simple shapes on regular objects soon to be drawn like trees, the sun, clouds or people. This is a very important skill too, very much like an adult simplifies his one week schedule in no less than 3 minutes to book a meeting, the child attempts to gain a grasp on a complete landscape and simplify it in a drawing; an immense effort and a great feat of strength if the ability is mastered.
Drawing is a tool for you and the children alike, a tool that brings one benefits only. It is utterly important to be supportive in the process, to invite the little on to express his needs, feelings, desires on paper. It is very important to never critique, never harm the confidence, the purity of limitless creativity.
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