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The Importance of Drawing in Your Child's Development

Drawing is an important part of a child’s development. It provides an opportunity for creative expression and allows children to explore the world around them. Drawing can help children develop and strengthen hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and problem-solving abilities. It also encourages them to use their imagination.

Mark-making and drawing encourages children to express their feelings and emotions in a visual way. They can create images that reflect their emotions and experiences. This can help children learn to communicate their thoughts and feelings in a healthy and constructive way.

Drawing can also help children to develop an appreciation for the world around them. As children draw, they can become more aware of the details in their environment. They can learn to observe and recognize shapes, colours, and patterns. This can help children become more observant, which is an important skill in school and life.

Benefits of Drawing for Pre-schoolers:

Fine motor movements:

Fine motor movements are enhanced by drawing. Fine motor movements include movements of the fingers, hands, or wrists. The best way to improve fine motor skills for a child is to hold and manipulate writing instruments. Drawing provides children with immediate feedback from adults, which they love. They hold the colour, put it on paper, and see the results. Feedback helps your child identify the best approach to achieving the desired result.

Improve visual analysis:

Second, it is beneficial to visual analysis. Young children cannot visualize things like size, comparison, distance, or textural differences like adults can. Drawing provides a great opportunity for your child to develop these concepts in a deliberate way. Encourage your child to draw examples of big and small, rough and smooth, far and near, etc., at home.

Increase focus and concentration:

Having our children focus more is something we all strive for as parents. Once they enter school, this skill becomes even more important. Concentration and focus can be increased by drawing. A child's ability to observe details, concentrate on achieving a specific result, and practice tricky tasks is a sign of maturity. Provide them with breaks and allow them to draw in free space before they begin colouring between the lines. They may become frustrated if they are required to "colour between the lines," so give them time to take a break. To build their focus, you can work up to this skill. 

Work on hand-eye coordination:

Drawing and colouring also improve hand-eye coordination. Hand-eye coordination is crucial for athletics, recreational activities, and academic lessons like penmanship. Having your child draw while looking at an object or copying your drawing will improve their hand-eye coordination.

Build self-confidence and confidence in their skill:

Drawing also helps build a child’s self-confidence. As children move from a basic drawing to creating more complex works of art, they can take pride in their accomplishments. This can help children feel proud of their achievements and motivate them to continue exploring their creativity.

It is important to us that our children feel confident in what they are doing. It is a pleasure to have children come to us saying, “Look what I did!” Drawing helps develop this important skill. A child's confidence increases when they have the opportunity to create physical representations of their imaginations, thoughts, and experiences.

Encourages creative problem solving:

Along with visual analysis and concentration, drawing helps your child solve problems creatively. When your child draws, he or she must determine how best to connect body parts, portray emotions, and depict specific textures. You can help your child develop stronger problem-solving skills by assigning specific drawing assignments, such as creating a family portrait. 

Use positive reinforcement to motivate your child to draw and create. Showcase your child's finished drawings in his or her room or in other parts of the house, include personalized drawings in letters to loved ones, and praise him or her for practice and accomplishments. 

Drawing is an enjoyable activity that can help children learn and grow. It is a great way to explore their creative side and gain skills that will be beneficial in school and life. Encouraging your child to draw can help them develop important skills and foster their creativity.

Wedge Jotter Whiteboards are the perfect resource for per-schoolers to practice their drawing at home. Using the legs either in a portrait or landscape position the boards can be raised to create a sloped surface, which helps children to develop their fine and gross motor skills.  When used in an angled position, the boards are ergonomically comfortable for children suffering from conditions such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.


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