Why drawing should start as young as preschool
Every parent loves to see their child exploring their own sense of creativity and artistry. Perhaps the best step forward for many children in exploring their creativity is the most simplest of actions – simply picking up a crayon or pencil and drawing on a piece of blank canvas. There are many different types of creativity across a multitude of art forms, but drawing is perhaps the most rudimentary and accessible of them all.
There are a multitude of reasons why we should encourage our children to start drawing even from a preschooler’s age – besides it being a safe and fun activity, it has profound effects on your child’s mind and development. At First Steps Preschool @ Yishun, we have a diverse number of activities that help your child develop in terms of speech, music and visual art. This provides a great environment for your children to develop their own unique brand of aesthetic and artistic capabilities.
Drawing helps your child express themselves
Every child who enters preschool begins a journey of self discovery. What better way to start this journey than through the creation of art? Drawing on a blank canvas creates a safe space for every child to discover themselves, play around with colours and shapes and ultimately learn how to communicate their innermost thoughts and feelings. Research has shown that picking up drawing at preschool or childcare age allows a child to develop their emotional intelligence in a safe and healthy way.
As a child develops their artistic ability, they begin to express more about who they are as people. Do they like knights and dragons? Spacecraft? Trains and cars? Flowers and bunnies? There are no rules when it comes to art – and having your child draw during art class gives them a place to express themselves freely without having to feel self-conscious or judged by their peers, allowing their parents and friends to gain insight about them as people as they continue to learn and grow.
Drawing allows your children to develop dexterity and hone their skills
Children love to scribble and make a mess – however, art allows them to not only do that, but eventually graduate into creating actual legitimate pieces of art! By learning how to draw at a young age, children can practice their hand eye coordination as well as develop fine motor skills, learning how to consistently create shapes and other forms using pencils, crayons and other fun art tools. Through consistent practice, they can eventually develop their handwriting and speed which will bode them well in their future academic pursuits when called upon to do things like write long essays.
Art hones your child’s decision making and imaginative ability
When doing art, a child is constantly faced with decisions.
- What animal should I draw?
- What colour is this flower?
- Should the boy look happy or sad?
By engaging your child with decisions, oftentimes with no right or wrong answer, your child’s mind is challenged and thus begins to develop itself. Certain difficult decisions that might once take a long time to process soon become second nature and your child eventually develops a sense of flow which helps him or her learn to make better decisions. It is a wonderful thing to watch your child’s imagination run wild.
When honing your child’s imaginative ability, it is important to not restrict your child to simply one environment. Instead of cooping your child up at home on a desk, encourage them to go out to the local park or playground with art materials. When placed in a safe outdoor environment, it is the perfect opportunity for them to stimulate their creative juices and take inspiration from their surroundings to put pencil to paper and create something memorable.
Drawing can help your child’s speaking ability
Quite surprisingly, drawing not only helps your child’s artistic ability, but it has been proven to have effects on their linguistic ability as well! When your child draws, even if they do not have a clear idea of what they are attempting to put onto paper, it is a golden opportunity to use to have a conversation with them.
Simply asking your child a question like, “What are you drawing?” can be a great way to get your child to start telling you a rich, tapestried story about what they are thinking about. It is a wonderful way to give them motivation to speak up and talk about what they are thinking as drawing allows them an avenue to materialize their thoughts into something concrete. It can also give them a sense of pride of having created something of worth. Many parents are proud to frame up their children’s first drawings and it is great for creating wholesome memories for the family to reminisce over once the children are all grown up.
First Steps Preschool @ Yishun
6 Yishun Industrial Street 1
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