The love for drawing and colours seems to come naturally to
most of the children. Kids are fond of drawing and they love to scribble or
make marks on paper or the walls of the house whenever they can lay their hands
on a pencil or a crayon. It is rather easy to bring out this natural talent in
your kid as you give him some easy tips on how to draw and paint. Then copying
objects that they see around them like certain shapes, trees, houses or animals
will come much, more easily. By helping your child to draw and paint you help
them develop their inherent imagination skills and simultaneously better their
motor skills by using their fingers and hands.
Parents can help the child when they start scribbling by the
age of twelve or fourteen months. Here are a few tips on how you can
effectively guide your kid in drawing
Teach the Kid How to Hold
need to ensure that the colour pencils or crayons do not have very sharp
points which could harm and injure the kid. Kids have this tendency to put
crayons and pencils in their mouth.
need to teach them that the purpose of the crayons is to draw and colour
and they should be put into the mouth as it is unclean too. Make sure that
you buy kid friendly crayons that are not toxic and where the chances of
infections are comparatively less.
teach them how to hold the crayon. Show them how they should wrap their
fingers around the crayon and then start drawing.
Teach them how to balance the crayon and then they will find it easier to
sketch and draw.
Teach How to Draw
Strokes on Paper
When the child is nearing two years, they are more able to
draw proper strokes on paper. So this is the time that you teach them how to go
with up and down strokes and then after they get easy with these lines,
gradually practice them across and circular strokes. This will lessen the
scribbling and you will find the kid drawing more of neat straight lines.
Encourage them to practice more and more.
- But at
the same time, ensure that the practice does not become monotonous.
Involve some fun games
into the drawing session like say, conjoin it with the reading session or
put in some music so that the child finds the whole activity interesting.
long you will find them holding the crayon or pencil with their little
fingers instead of the palms. The outlines of the trees, houses and the animals
will begin to acquire a definite shape and become identifiable. As the
grip develops, the shapes and figures will also develop
Painting comes at a later stage when the child is mature
enough to understand how he should use the brush and how to change brushes to
adjust thickness of lines, or dilute colours. Once a child develops a firm grip
with crayons or pencils he will be able to readily adjust with the brushes and
While you try to make drawing, sketching, colouring and
painting a fun activity, ensure that the child is not distracted. If you are
putting on music, it should just be a background harmony that will not grab his
attention away from the primary work that he is doing. And do not put the
television on when your kid is drawing. This can prove to be the biggest
Perhaps the most basic point while you try to teach drawing
and painting to your child is, you should teach him to observe the world around
him. This should start at a very early age, right when he is an infant when you
take him out for a walk in the garden or around the house; you point things out
to him and teach the simple characteristics of those objects. This will give a
good understanding of shapes and colours and he will have a better idea of the
object that he is putting down on paper.