Most babies and toddlers seem to have an artistic streak in them. To help your little one’s development and mental stimulation, it is important that you help encourage and capitalise on their love for squiggling.
Here’s our guide on drawing development for children.
Have plenty of crayons at the ready
At approximately eight months, babies start to develop a likening for picking up the objects around them. Encourage your child to start scribbling by putting crayons and paper close to them. Babies generally love to copy and therefore demonstrate to your little one how to make patterns on the paper with the crayons.
Not only will squiggling and scribbling at a young age help develop hand/eye coordination, but it may encourage your child to develop a love for drawing and painting.
Experiment with paint
When your baby gets older – at approximately one year – buy some child-friendly, non-toxic paints and let him experiment with the different colours and textures of the paint. This is a ‘must’ for drawing development for children, but it does come with a downside! Obviously babies and paint can be an extremely messy affair, so always ‘paint-proof’ the area where he is experimenting with paint, and always be there to supervise.
As your baby gets older introduce him to other artistic items, such as glue, child-friendly scissors and cardboard. Let your little one tear and cut up old newspapers and glue different shapes to them. Not only will these kinds of activities keep your child entertained for hours, but it will also encourage a creative flair. Old egg and shoe boxes can make fantastic houses and castles!
Make your home as art-friendly as possible
No parent wants to walk into a room to find the walls covered in pen, although, it has to be said, most parents have experienced situations like this one at some point, it’s part and parcel of drawing development for children. To avoid finding your new settee covered in paint, designate a room to be your child’s ‘art studio’. Failing this, buy a large plastic mat to put down on the area where your little one is ‘let loose’ with his artistic tools!