At any of our Cuddles Child Care locations in the Perth area, we give your child plenty of opportunities to draw and scribble. Our motto is “learning through play” and drawing and scribbling are great ways for children to play. We feel that drawing and scribbling are important components to any child’s growth and our collective opinion is backed up by numerous studies.
Drawing and scribbling are also easy for you to allow your toddler to do at home. Here are a few facts about drawing, scribbling and toddlers.
How Early Can They Start?
There is no such time as “too early.” Your toddler will develop motor skills gradually and eventually become coordinated enough to scribble. The average age is 15 months of age, but some start earlier and some later. They will start in their own time.
Three months later, or an average of 18 months of age, your toddler may be able to draw with crayons or felt tips and they should be able to paint. Your toddler will hold the brush or crayon with his or her entire hand and use large muscle movements to draw or paint. Sometime between two years of age and three years of age, your child should develop the capability of holding the crayon or brush between thumb and fingers.
In the beginning stages, your child will draw or paint first and then tell you what it is. Usually it is a parent or a favourite toy. As your child grows, he or she will start planning the drawing first. This is the beginning of their ability to communicate through pictures.
Encouraging Your Toddler to Scribble and Draw
While most toddlers seem to naturally want to scribble and draw, there are things you can do to help them get started faster. Taping sheets of paper to the floor, wall or table is a good strategy. Also, offer your toddler a paint brush, a washable felt tip or a crayon. If you have paving stones outside, give your toddler some chalk.
Just make sure not to give instructions other than showing how to make the instrument transfer colour onto the paper. You want your toddler to have fun and be creative.
Creativity is the birthplace of ideas. For more information, call our St James centre on +61 (08) 9358 4673, Carlisle centre on +61 (08) 9472 4702 and Bertram centre on +61 (08) 9419 1844.