Few activities come as naturally to young children as drawing. Whether your child’s medium is chalk on a sidewalk or crayons on printer paper, he or she likely enjoys the act of creating art. Along with other forms of expression like dance and storytelling, drawing has numerous developmental benefits. In this blog, we list six reasons to encourage your child to draw at home, in daycare, and in school.
Drawing and painting play an essential role in children’s early development. They improve their creativity, motor skills, and self-confidence by painting and drawing. That is why we value our art classes the most.
1. Develops Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills include any functional movement of the hands, wrists, and fingers. As an adult, you rely on fine motor skills when you type, drive, or even text. Your child needs to develop strong excellent motor skills at a young age.
Holding and manipulating writing implements represents one of the best ways to improve a child’s excellent motor skills. Drawing creates immediate visual feedback that changes depending on the tool your child uses and how he or she uses it. This feedback helps your child identify the best ways to produce the desired result.
2. Encourages Visual Analysis
Young children do not yet understand some concepts that you may take for granted, such as distance, size comparison, and textural differences. Drawing provides the perfect opportunity for your child to learn these concepts deliberately.
Having a child draw specific items, especially concerning each other, can help them to perform a fundamental visual analysis of everyday spaces. To support this kind of drawing at home, prompt your children to draw examples of everything they see, it doesn’t matter if it is vast or small, far or close. Let them draw.
3. Helps Establish Concentration
Because most children enjoy drawing, this activity provides time to establish the concepts of concentration and practice. These concepts will be essential to your child’s academic success, even in elementary school.
Learning how to observe small details, concentrate on achieving a specific result, and practice tricky tasks helps your child mature.
4. Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
In addition to improving excellent motor skills, drawing enables your child to draw connections between what he or she sees and what he or she does. This hand-eye coordination is essential in athletic and recreational situations, as well as in academic scenarios such as penmanship lessons.
For a hand-eye coordination boost, have your child draw an object while looking at it or copy a drawing that you made.
5. Increases Individual Confidence
As a parent or guardian, you probably love to hear the phrase, “Look what I made!” When your child has an opportunity to create physical representations of his or her imagination, thoughts, and experiences, he or she gains confidence.
Drawing can help your child feel more intrinsic motivation, self-worth, and validity. This affirmation will make him or her more confident in other areas that may not come as naturally as drawing.
Sunway preschool values art the most and wants the children to improve their skills in those early childhood years, therefore we are here to encourage your children to draw and paint, to have confidence, and improve their skills.