There are various forms of play for children. As your child grows from being a little crying baby to becoming a crawling and walking lad, his/her play sense is bound to change with your help. Sometimes, your child will be absorbed in a make-believe world of his own and won’t need your involvement.
Between the age of 1 and 5, you can help build the creativity of your child by introducing him/her to books and reading. Books are one of the great pleasures of life and are vital in providing words to express feelings, ideas, and thoughts.
However, more importantly, is a drawing kit. Dr Miriam Stoppard, a leading authority on family health and childcare explains that drawing can help children understand emotions and the world.
How can you achieve this?
You can help your child become in touch with his/her feelings and to recognize emotions in others by getting him/her to draw a happy face and a sad face, first with a guiding hand from you. Then move your child on to looking at photos of people he/she knows and deciding how they are feeling in the picture. This not only helps your child to recognize emotions but to empathize, and to relate closely to them.
You can also use drawing to expand your child’s view of the world. A very simple idea would be what happens when you spill water. You and your child could do a drawing of knocking over a jug of water and it spilling onto the floor and making a puddle, perhaps running off the edge of the table onto the floor in big drops and splashes. This kind of exercise reinforces your child’s memory and provides her/him with personal experience.
Other influences of drawing on your child include;
- Exposure: drawing gives room for personal discovery and accidental discovery. Your child in the act of drawing begins to understand the act of construction, why, and how different lines, strips, and shapes work together to form something beautiful.
- Creativity: Drawing and painting are the most ways to explore the creative nature of your child. Watch your child mix colors and create paintings of things they imagine or their view about their environment. It is also a good way to help sharpen the idealistic nature of children and enhancing their make-believe world.
- Intelligence: children who practice drawing and painting frequently have overtime proven to be smart and intelligent kids. They have a great sense of humor, calculative, and unpredictable. Consciously or subconsciously they task their brain on improvement and how to do better than the previous day.
- Beautification: drawing and painting make beautiful, and children always have the best painting. Drawing influences your child to consider beautifying his/her surrounding. Kids who draw have the most colorful and clean room.
- Organization: Drawing helps keep your child organized. Drawing makes children good at keeping records and building a profile. You can imagine your 4-year old child having a collection of paintings and displaying them in an organized manner on the wall.
- Decision-making: Drawing will help your child understand the importance and impact of decision-making. It will brighten your child’s horizon in the area of inquiry and counsel before implementation.
- Responsibility: Drawing opens up the mind of your child to taking charge and being responsible. He/she learns to be responsible for their acts and arts. She/he learns that whatsoever the outcome of the drawing is, it is as a result of the decision made.
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