Learn more about the benefits of drawing below.
Drawing is a universal activity among children of all ages. It quickly becomes engaging when they discover that they can scribble around with drawing instruments. On top of that, it’s more than an entertainment source, as drawing is an important developmental activity that helps them grow emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
In this article, we’ll briefly look at how children view drawing and list seven critical benefits of drawing for children. So, continue reading to learn more.
How Do Children Discover Drawing?
Children are drawn to exploring the world around them, and they learn about drawing through their knack for discovering. When they grasp their first crayon and start experimenting, they find that they can use it to leave marks and scribbles on a surface. That becomes their way to understand and express their experiences.
However, while their drawing skills are initially limited to scribbles, children experience several development stages. These stages help them gain control over their movements and improve many of their cognitive functions, building up a foundation to learn, among writing, other skills such as:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Fine-motor skills
- Spatial awareness
- Stress and anxiety management
The Importance of Drawing for Children
In this section, we’ll outline the many skills children can acquire or enhance by drawing.
1. Pre-Writing Skills
Although writing and drawing develop separately, drawing is critical to building the foundation for and is a prerequisite to developing writing skills. When children draw, they improve their fine motor skills and strengthen their finger, arm, and shoulder muscles, which are necessary for holding any writing instrument.
Progressing from scribbling to drawing lines and shapes also enhances their hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and how they handle drawing instruments. For example, children start by holding crayons cylindrically but then move to a tripod grasp to draw more complex shapes, which is the right way to grasp a pencil.
By the time children reach the age of 4 or 5, their fine-motor skills will have developed enough with drawing to enable them to transition into writing. As such, we can’t stress the importance of drawing in your child’s education!
2. Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills refer to skills that enable children to precisely control and coordinate their small and large hand, finger, and arm muscles. Through drawing, children can strengthen essential muscles and improve many of these skills, including:
- Hand-Eye Coordination: This enables coordinating eyes and hands to draw accurate, complex shapes.
- Grip Strength: This allows efficient and comfortable grasp of any instrument.
- Finger Dexterity: This allows them to move fingers individually and with agility.
- Wrist and Arms Control: This lets them control how they move their arms and wrist to draw and write with great fluidity.
3. Cognitive Skills
Drawing will help your child improve many essential cognitive skills, including:
- Planning: The planning involved in drawing coherent and cohesive scenes transfers to other aspects of life.
- Memory: Research has shown that drawing is better for memory retention than writing, as children can vividly remember what they drew. They also stretch their memory by visualizing previously-seen scenes before drawing them. Finally, color-coding and highlighting also help children retain information better.
- Attention Span: Drawing is an engaging activity that can hook children for long periods, as children will pay more attention to tasks they enjoy. This is especially helpful for children with ADHD.
- Visual Perception: Drawing skills help children comprehend the world better as they can recognize, classify, and understand the elements that make up their surroundings.
- Problem-Solving: When children draw, they must find the best way to portray emotions, express their imagination, and create a coherent scene. They also learn the importance of symmetry and measurement. This helps them solve problems creatively, especially mathematical ones.
- Attention to Detail: Children who draw pay attention to details to produce a beautiful result. Caring about details such as color compatibility, shades, hues, and measurements can prepare children to be critical in other aspects of life.
Drawing surfaces are canvases for children to explore their minds and express their creativity. They can visualize their ideas and put on paper whatever is in their mind. This helps them develop their creativity and ability to think outside the box, which is necessary for many paths in life.
There’s always a story behind your child’s drawing. Aside from allowing them to understand their feelings and better express them, drawing can help children improve their language skills, which are essential in school and later in life.
Your child will always want to describe what they drew to you. You can improve their vocabulary and communication skills by encouraging them to draw and listen as they talk about their creations.
6. Stress Relief
Also, by learning to draw, children will have an outlet to relieve their anxious thoughts and better manage their emotions.
Drawing can help children boost their self-esteem and self-confidence. When your child draws something they’re proud of (and you positively reinforce them!), it can make them feel more confident in their skills.
This isn’t limited to drawing, however. Children raised to be confident in themselves will have fewer issues with self-confidence and self-worth later, which can affect every aspect of daily life.
Drawing is an integral part of your child’s development. It paves the way to learning how to write while developing critical skills, including cognitive functions and self-confidence.
As such, we recommend you introduce your child to this activity from a young age and positively reinforce them as they explore it, as that’ll ensure an overall healthy development!