Developing drawing interest in your child

Developing drawing skills is not that difficult a task that you may be assuming it to be, even if by your own standards, you may not possess great drawing skills. Kids love giving way to their imaginations on paper. Nothing better can come to their good aid than ample drawing facilities that not only help the parents to get peek-a-boo into their thought processes but also pave the way for the kids in becoming future artistes.
Where should you start? You can start as early as possible, even with two or two and half year old kids. Initially they would just scribble randomly. However, three years old kids would make figures that can be deciphered. You can help your kids in their artistic journey in the following ways:

  • Keep the art material near kids' reach: Your child may or may not draw at specific times. Do not make timetable for him to indulge in these activities; rather keep the colors, crayons, pencils and paper within her reach so that she can draw whenever she wants to, even at times you are least expecting her to.
  • Do not lose hope in the initial stages: Your child will not become an artiste overnight. Have faith in her drawing capabilities and do not expect much in the initial days. Some help like making faces on vegetables, putting up large drawing boards or paper on the wall will be of assistance.
  • The children have to be told that they cannot just start any and everywhere. Make sure you teach your child time and again, not to spoil the walls or the doors but draw only on the hard papers attached on them, so that your house does not get spoiled in the process.
  • Indulge in some drawing time yourself: Even if you are not adept at drawing skills, indulge in some "we" time with your child at drawing sessions. Let not the child know what you think about your own drawing skills, if you are not particularly good at it. Guide her as much as you can.
  • Do not load your child with too many coloring books. A coloring book once in a while is okay, but loading your child with them will take away the fun of drawing, and the entire exercise will just reduce to filling colors in between the lines.
  • Take online help too: Search for a website that offers good drawing pages and check whether the site offers the facility of saving such pages. Your child will hone her drawing skills with such a website, and will get a sneek peak of her improvement with the help of the saved files.
  • Last but not the least, encourage your child. Make sure you appreciate your child efforts. Go through each of the drawings carefully. Tell your child the portions she has done well and the portions she needs to work upon. Your child will understand that you are taking deep interest in her drawings.
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