Encouraging young children to draw
You don’t have to be an art guru to get your child to engage in the drawing. As a parent, it merely requires confidence and a willingness to learn. You don’t have to sign your child up to an art class at a young age unless it’s a joint activity and it’s something you want to take up to create memories with your child. Encouraging your young child to draw requires that you become an equal participant, at least for the most part until you have to sneak off to get work done. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you venture into unleashing your child’s creative spirit.
Make it fun yet educational
At three years old you’re not trying to turn your child into a Picasso. Let them have fun and get messy, encouraging them to explore as many techniques as possible. That could potentially mean investing in art supplies and letting them explore different paints, brushes, tools,and textures. Take a crash course online (there’s excellent free content there) on various painting and drawing techniques and have a go at them when teaching the toddler
Part of fostering creativity in your young one is encouraging them to be critical thinkers. Depending on their age, ask them why they are taking the approach they are and the meaning and emotion behind the artwork. Unlocking a child’s ability to question what’s going on around them and within them makes them better at relating to others and the world around them later in life. Should they choose to have an artistic career or even become web developers, they are likely to have an easier time grasping concepts.
Part of teaching your child to be confident is by showing your child that, even if you are terrible at drawing, that you can still have fun and appreciate the final product. Making comments about how off you are at drawing will likely diminish your child’s confidence given they are still learning more about themselves and the world. You don’t have to be a pro; draw whatever comes to mind and encourage the infant to do the same.
Remember to keep everything age appropriate. Opening up your child to the world of art from a young age makes them more appreciative of the same later in life