When Children Draw
At dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, we recognise the need to provide opportunities for children to draw. From Toddlerhood through to Primary School, children naturally choose to draw.
Children become interested in scribbling from a very early age. Initially, it seems to provide sensory enjoyment. To the observer, the child is just scribbling, making marks that may appear random and meaningless.
Because small muscle control is not fully developed, movements are typically large, made using the whole arm and with very little wrist or finger control. With practice, the toddler will naturally improve control of wrist and finger movement. Full control, however, is not achieved till much later.
The act of scribbling serves several purposes for the young child. By providing the children with papers, pens and markers and opportunities to scribble, physical skills can be promoted. With practice, a child will naturally improve control of wrist and finger movements.
To begin with, children are more interested in colour and line. They don't start out to draw something specific but may look at their marks and scribbles and in surprise, recognise something and name it. Children interpret rather than intend and this becomes common as a child reaches 3 years of age.
Children engage in social interaction as they draw, being sure to show their drawings to each other as well as talking with their peers as they draw. The child who saves the scribble picture to show Mummy or Daddy is demonstrating the use of drawing for social interaction as well as emotional support.
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