Drawing and Scribbling for Children’s Early Development | Salma Safira Sukma from BehaviorPALS Center| Kinderkloud

Drawing and Scribbling for Children’s Early Development

drawing

Drawing and scribbling are simple yet important art activities for children as they help develop children’s brain capacity in early childhood and many life skills in the future. Both activities play a role in increasing children’s motivation to learn, promoting their construction of knowledge, as well as providing mental maps for children to produce letters which are important for language and literacy skills development. Drawing is also a great physical exercise for children to develop fine motor skills for writing. Engaging in art activities later in school will also help to promote mastery, self-esteem, and creativity in children. Furthermore, drawing can help us understand how children perceive their world.

Parents can use drawing or scribbling activity to educate attention and concentration in children. When a child draws, their brain is trained to pay and maintain attention for a long time which is important for learning and school. Drawing is also a good exercise for children to learn patterns as well as imagination and creative behaviors. In addition, it promotes children’s ability to plan, anticipate results, and make decisions. Drawing is also known to help children decrease anxiety, increase the sense of well-being, navigate emotions, and activate expressive systems in the brain.

In consequence, providing an appropriate amount of opportunities for children to draw becomes important as well. Here are some tips to encourage children to draw:

  1. Provide handy and accessible drawing materials at home and also bring some of them while going out. This will give the children chances to draw and scribble at any time and everywhere. It is also important to note that younger children might need thick and chunky crayons to draw as they may have not developed the finger and thumb grip skills needed to hold a thin coloring pen or pencils.
  2. Let children express their creativity by allowing them to decide what to draw and when they want to do it. Parents can also provide a variety of choices of art materials which can be a great exercise to improve the children’s skills in problem solving and decision making.
  3. Talk about their drawing and ask questions about it. For example, ask about what picture they are drawing, what colors they use, or what shapes they are making. Having a conversation about their artwork can improve their vocabulary and language skills. Parents can also ask about their drawing process, like how they draw the house or the people, animals, and others in the drawing or if you notice a mixed color in the drawing, ask the children about what colors they mix.
  4. Give positive comments on their drawing and praise their efforts.
  5. Ask the children to sign their work and write their name somewhere in the drawing to help them get familiar seeing their name.
  6. Display their artwork in the house where everyone can see. This can be on the fridge, bedroom doors, or a wall dedicated for the children’s art pieces.

Drawing can provide many benefits for children’s development. However, it is important to remember that drawing and other art activities which children engage in is a process of creating, experimenting, and exploring. Therefore, the process of drawing is more important than the result of the drawing itself. Children must not be asked to focus on the end product of their work as it would limit their learning opportunities. 

 

References:

Art - an opportunity to develop children’s skills. (2016). Penn State Extension: Better Kid Care. Retrieved October 5, 2022 from http://bkc-od-media.vmhost.psu.edu/documents/HO_Art_AnOpportunity.pdf 

Chang, N. (2012). The role of drawing in young children’s construction of science concepts.  Early Childhood Education Journal, 40(3), 187-193. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-012-0511-3 

Drawing, scribbling and writing: activities for children 3-6 years. (2020, October 21). Raising Children Network Australia. Retrieved October 5, 2022 from https://raisingchildren.net.au/guides/activity-guides/letters,-words-and-stories/drawing,-scribbling-and-writing-activities-for-children-3-6-years

Lima, E. S., & Lima, M. G. (Eds.). (2020). The act of drawing in early childhood education. Centro de Pesquisas e Estudos Armando de Oliveira Souz. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345708933_The_Act_of_Drawing_in_Early_Childhood_Education

 

By: Salma Safira Sukma Ikhsani, S.Psi. from BehaviorPALS Center

 

drawing, scribbling, children, early development

Pre-school 2 Years - 4 Years / 2 Tahun - 4 Tahun (Balita) / Fine Motoric / Motorik Halus / Education / Pendidikan / Drawing and Scribbling for Children’s Early Development

Comments

Add Comment
photo of birthday tale book cover kinderkloud
Birthday Tale
Kinderkloud
Personalized book symbolizing that each child is special, wished for, longed for and play for and all the nature celebrate them together. Children will be introduced to various animals in their natural habitats along the journey.
photo of dream high book cover kinderkloud
Dream High
Kinderkloud
Personalized book to help Children imagine the professions in the future through their lens and encourage the little dreamers to explore and pursue their passion because the future is in their hands.
photo of prayer warrior book cover kinderkloud
Prayer Warrior
Kinderkloud
Personalized book to explain and the concept and importance of prayers to children and continuously remind our future generations to be mindful and thankful even for the smallest things in life. A guide book for our little prayer warriors to pray every day, everywhere and in every way.
photo of 5 colorful balloons book cover kinderkloud
5 Colorful Balloons
Blubridge Center
Balonku ada 5.. Rupa Rupa Warnanya..
Taking this classic to another level by combining this seemingly simple songs with Plutchick's Wheel of Emotions to introduce children to understand and express their feelings positively with introduction to Manners and Values in every step of the way for everyday life.
photo of starry starry paradise book cover kinderkloud
Starry Starry Paradise
Kinderkloud x Marianne Rumantir
Are you team mountain or team beach?
Personalized book to trigger the imagination and curiosity to discover the wonders of our wonderful Indonesia. The food, music, fashion, language, landscape and the culture. They all never fail to amaze us. What better legacy can we pass on for Indonesia than by instilling nationalism to the future generation of this part of the planet called heaven on earth.
photo of journey to the top book cover kinderkloud
Journey to the Top
Kinderkloud x Marianne Rumantir
Are you team mountain or team beach?
Personalized book to trigger the imagination and curiosity to discover the wonders of our wonderful Indonesia. The food, music, fashion, language, landscape and the culture. They all never fail to amaze us. What better legacy can we pass on for Indonesia than by instilling nationalism to the future generation of this part of the planet called heaven on earth.
photo of cerita di festival ceria book cover kinderkloud
Cerita di Festival Ceria
Kinderkloud | Parentalk | Good Enough Parents
Tidak ada dua yang sama persis, setiap anak memiliki kegemaran, keunikan, dan karakterisitik yang spesial termasuk Kakak dan Adik. Ikuti perjalanan mereka dalam sebuah kisah akhir pekan yang berkesan di Festival in the Jungle untuk mengeksplorasi dan mengenal diri mereka masing-masing lebih dalam lagi.
photo of preparing for a sibling book cover kinderkloud
Preparing for a Sibling
Regina F. Amal
A heartwarming story where child learns what it means to become a bigger sibling. Featuring both children, in one delightful story! Meanwhile, parents are assuring that each child will always be loved just the same. There will always be enough love for everyone.
photo of being a good sport book cover kinderkloud
Being a Good Sport
Sigi Wimala
In the heart of this whimsical THE GREAT FOREST GAME, your loved ones discovers the true essence of sportsmanship: the cherished value of friendship that outshines any victory. Experience the joy of camaraderies and empathy as your loved ones embraces the spirit of being a good sport, leaving a lasting impression on young hearts.
photo of birthday wishlist book cover kinderkloud
Birthday Wishlist
Kinderkloud x Mama Ani
This year, on a memorable birthday occasion, a caring Mom considered sharing the importance of delayed gratification. Join your loved one in crafting a birthday wishlist and discovering the Power of Patience to make each birthday genuinely extraordinary.
photo of christmas wishlist book cover kinderkloud
Christmas Wishlist
Kinderkloud x Mama Ani
This year, on a memorable christmas occasion, a caring Mom considered sharing the importance of delayed gratification. Join your loved one in crafting a christmas wishlist and discovering the Power of Patience to make each christmas genuinely extraordinary.