Why should children learn to draw?


John Caldwell Holt – American educator once said: “The benefit of children sitting for an hour will be better than watching entertainment for 9 hours”.

Many studies also confirm this: Painting can help children combine the work of the left brain and right brain, and can easily and spontaneously observe the world from their own perspective.

A child’s first immature experiences in life are incorporated directly into the pictures they draw. When children are unable to express their inner world in rich language, they can express their emotions and inner world through painting.

Drawing pictures can help children combine the work of the left and right brains, while at the same time being able to easily and spontaneously see the world from their own perspective. Illustration: Empowered Parent.

The child’s trajectory for developing the ability to draw is determined by the child’s laws of psychological and physical development.

From 1 to 2 years old, children enter the stage of holding the pen to draw “bad”, that is, there is no specific form of image. At this time, the child has not yet formed the concept of drawing but only relies on the initial senses to doodle at will.

From 2-3 years old, children begin to have a sense of the length of the lines, the boundaries of the paper, the board … From 3-4 years old, children begin to form a sense of “drawing”, knowing how to describe content while drawing and even naming the picture.

From 4 to 5 years old, children pay more attention to details, tend to draw what they are interested in, love the most, but the drawing has started to have layouts, scenes, images, even the story behind that.

After the age of 6, children know how to express more authentic feelings about life, nature, and things going on around them through pictures, with richer expression techniques and details.

Of course, not all children like to draw. So, if you find that your child loves to draw, there are some things that you need to do to enrich your child.

Give your child the right environment

According to the child’s age characteristics, parents should prepare suitable tools such as drawing board or large drawing paper, accompanying items such as crayons, crayons, paints, oil chalk … for children. Do not be too concerned with the child’s sitting posture, how to hold a pen, let them think that drawing is easy, fun and interesting.

Encourage and protect your child’s love of drawing

Renowned Chinese educator Tran Hac Cam once commented: “Most children love painting. It is a precursor to word of mouth and a good tool to show beauty”.

When children focus on drawing, give them the opportunity to focus and immerse themselves in their fantasy world, instead of asking questions, criticizing them for drawing badly or saying “I don’t understand what to draw” … Absolutely not Should use the pattern to force the child to copy, this will limit the child’s imagination and reduce the child’s enthusiasm for painting.

Ms. Tori – Japanese preschool expert in “Teaching children to do with drawing” emphasized that drawing, especially freehand drawing is a kind of expressing children’s emotions. Therefore, parents should not evaluate their child’s paintings based on the criteria of “good drawing or not”, “drawing the same or not”, but should feel what they want to show in the picture and understand what they want. show care and respect.

Give your child a chance to feel and explore the natural world

Let children directly explore nature and put what they have accumulated into pictures. Parents can often expose their children to natural environments such as mountains, seas, or to places such as shops, galleries, streets … and talk to their children more about life. . Let your children talk about the pictures they draw, listen to them interpret to better understand the child’s interior, thereby knowing his love.

Thuy Linh (According to Sina)

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