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For some children, drawing is an enjoyable activity that they never get bored with. They can regularly be seen with a crayon or marker in their hands, ready to explore their creativity and produce yet another masterpiece. For others, drawing represents a waste of time. They dislike the fact that they must remain seated and that their fingers represent the only body part that is required to move.
As simple as drawing may seem, it helps children evolve over time towards the prerequisites involved in writing once they reach elementary school.
Before a child can properly hold a pencil and trace letters between two lines, his/her drawing methods and techniques will slowly change. A one year old can use a pencil to scribble on a large piece of paper. Slowly, basic characters will appear such as a figure with a head and arms, but no body. This simple drawing will continue to evolve until it becomes a complete character with all its body parts.
Many people provide only a pencil and a piece of paper. However, a wide range of material is available. Making use of it can spark an interest in drawing and writing. Here are a few ideas that can be experimented with your group:
1-2 year olds:*It is recommended that you begin using pencils with very young children (10-12 months), but constant supervision is necessary.
2-3 year olds:
3-4 year olds:
4-5 year old:
As you can see, with a little imagination, it is easy to encourage children to draw.
Children who dislike having to remain seated can be invited to draw in a standing position. You can also create an obstacle course throughout which children are encouraged to draw at various stations.
Just a few years after their first scribble, children will be writing letters and numbers. For this reason, drawing plays an important role in childhood development, one that maximizes children's chances for success in school!
Maude DubéEarly childhood educator
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