Art was one of my FAVORITE activities as a young child, and it still is! Kids love art because they get to have a bit of control and create something. Art helps kids in so many ways, not only for fun memories, but to reduce stress, learn skills and express themselves in a safe, and wonderful way.
Parents can plant the seed of love for art in their children by giving them opportunities to create art and making it fun.
Although every child is different, there are certain "art" stages that children go through. Understanding those stages help us teach our children in a way that develops their art skills, and more importantly, fosters their love for art and creativity.
I call the first art stage Scribblers, because around two years old children start to practice the kinesthetic movement of scribbling and continue to develop scribbles into their first shape, a circle.
Then you begin to see the first shapes coming together, creating different forms including people, which is often drawn as a circle with strait lines for appendages. They are pretty darn cute, if you ask me.
By around 4-5 years old children, will be able to draw a version of just about everything, sometimes you can tell what it is and sometimes it is better to ask the child to explain what they created.
Children continue developing their fine motor skills, like holding pencils, cutting with scissors, folding paper and using glue as they grow and mature.
By the end of this stage, around age 5-6, scribblers have turned into doodlers and are capable of creating more sophisticated, and creative art pieces.
What art projects are appropriate for Scribblers?
Process art lessons are a great way to teach kids that art is fun by letting kids be creative without a formal lesson. Kids at this stage just love to create!
So what can a Scribbler do?
Here are some tasks they can do, to give you an idea...
The Focus of Art at this stage should be.
-Learn basic supplies
-Learn care of supplies
-How to prepare for messes
-Being creative but with supervision
-Learn fine motor skills
-Experiments are fun
-Learn some self control
-Learn colors, lines, & shapes
-Learn art is awesome!
I hope this helps you better understand art development for your child so you can choose developmentally appropriate projects that will encourage and plant the seed of love for art in their heart.
Art has certainly been a large part of my life and gives me so much joy. I hope that all children can experience the same joy.
Part of this site is dedicated to Scribblers, you can find developmentally appropriate projects, supplies, and fun stuff just for them! Come check it out!