The representation of children's drawing is not taught, it comes from within the child, although many skills and techniques can be learned to perfect the spelling of the ideas that you want to put on paper. Therefore, it is possible to stimulate a baby from a year and a half, towards the drawing letting it have contact with colored pencils. At this age, it is advisable to use the wax ones that have a round tip and are thicker. Around one and a half years of age, many children can already hold a pencil and make their first scrawl.
Guidance by the adult is important at this stage above all so that the child learns to paint on paper and does not use the walls, floor or doors as canvas or try to put the pencil in his mouth. If possible, buy him a small table suitable for his height so that he can draw comfortably. At first, children's drawing in its first stage will be made up of messy and irregular strokes, which the child will make without any kind of control. The squiggles will be meaningless at first, but they function as a great manifestation of pleasure and fun for the child.
- At 18 months. The child will scribble endlessly, meaningless and messy, but will have a lot of fun discovering the world of colors and lines. You will show everyone what you have done and it will be important that your audience responds positively to you. His motor coordination at this stage is still very precarious. This stage is called self-expression. He will be curious about the walls, the floor, the magazines, and will try to paint them.
- At 2 years of age. The scribble will become more controlled and will already have another meaning for the child, who will start to notice that there is a relationship between the scribbles and the movement of his hand. You will want to draw non-stop and will use more than one colored pencil to fill in the sheet. The lines of your drawing will occupy previously unoccupied parts of the paper. The child, at this age, will begin to be curious and want to try other types of pencils and materials. Experimentation will predominate over expression.
- At 30 months of age, the child will be able to control a little more the movements of his hand, even to handle the pencil. His lines, already a little firmer, will not come off the page. The child will enjoy better coordination and that is where the symbolic drawing.
Each doodle or drawing that you manage to make will have a name and a meaning for it. Because of this, the child will start to draw much more, since he begins to see his creation as something real. A square for him can represent a house. And a circle, although poorly done, can symbolize a head or something else. At this age, the child will describe to others what he has drawn, and will hope that they understand it.
- From three or four years old, the child's drawing will be closer to reality. You will be especially interested in drawing your mom or dad, or your friend, brother, cousin, or some other human figure. The use of each color will have a meaning for him. There are children who already show a preference for some colors. This is one pre-schematic stage.
- At five years, you will begin to draw more details on your characters and use colors more appropriately. He will draw people with clothes, carrying an object.
- From the age of six, your drawings will have important details such as a hand with five fingers, ears, different hairs, seated people, etc. You will also find yourself ready to draw landscapes, flowers in the field, fruits on trees, chimneys in houses, rivers, and whatever else is proposed. It is logical that these stages serve as orientation. We must always consider that each child is a world and that each one has their own ability in addition to their due time to develop it. And you have to know how to respect it and not force the moment.
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