Repetition is the key to success. This reality also applies to 15 months old babies and onwards when you teach them how to write and draw. There are different stages that your child will go through before he or she learns how to write and to draw like a pro. If this is something you want your child to develop because you want him or her to be inclined to the arts, you can start earlier than 15 months old and make scribbling a daily activity. Before your child reaches four years of age, you will notice his handiworks are much improved.
Here are the different stages of your child’s writing and drawing development, including the age that it takes place.
Stage 1 at 15 months to 30 months old: Scribbling
Give your baby a white space, such as a big sheet of paper that you and your baby can squat on the floor together, and some writing materials so he or she can start scribbling. This stage is where you can help him find out if he is a righty or a leftie or both. Show your baby how to hold the pen or paintbrush using the hands properly. Scribble on the white space together. Guide your baby’s arm. Remember also not to allow your baby to put the pen or brush in the mouth.
Stage 2 at 24 months to 36 months old: Controlled Scribbling
By this time, your child must be able to grasp the writing material and draw without your assistance firmly. Diagonal, vertical, horizontal, zigzags, and curves are just some of the lines that your child has already mastered. The muscles in their shoulders and fingers have developed to accommodate foreign objects between fingers. The thumb and the index fingers, in particular, have become accustomed to the weight of a pen, pencil, crayon, or paintbrush.
Stage 3 at 30 to 42 months old: Lines and Patterns
As mentioned earlier, repetition is the key to help children master new skills. If you’ve been guiding your child with his or her handwriting, drawing, or painting, he or she will learn that skill. Aside from writing straight and curved letters inside the three lines, your child can finally draw or paint objects and be able to tell you the story behind it. Your child’s drawings convey meaning, so make sure you’re there to pay attention to and appreciate it.
Important things to remember
Don’t force your child to draw what you want him or her to draw. They love inspiration and often create stuff out of their imaginations. They do not like to follow instructions. During stage 1, showing them instead of making them will go a long way. If you do the opposite, you will make it a stressful experience for them, and they will detract from learning instead. Give them the freedom to express using the pen or the crayons or the paint.
Moreover, continue investing in art materials for your child. It’s better than letting him or her spend time on gadgets so that they can be entertained and not get bored. Art is a way for your kids to be productive. Who knows? Maybe you have the next Jackson Pollock right there. It’s important to remember that your child can only develop affinity in art if you’re there to support it all the way.
If you’re looking for a way to engage your child with arts and crafts, get in touch with Treehaus Teahaus to see how we can help!