niño pintando For a child, drawing is more than a hobby , it is a language, it is a communication channel and a simple way to express what is in his head.

It should be mandatory for all children to have paper and colored pencils at their disposal. Or crayons or markers. Or everything if possible. So that they choose how to represent their ideas and try different techniques.

The strong or soft stroke, the color and the drawing itself with its details or basic, will give us many clues of what worries them or what makes them happy. If we know how to observe, we will know how they perceive their environment and who or what they consider an essential part of their life.

It is good to be attentive to the drawings of our children because it may be that something that they do not dare to say is put on paper with more freedom and security.

All this explains why children’s drawings are a very valuable tool for child psychologists , since it is in them that the reality of what the child feels is found. His fears and obsessions, what he likes and what he hates.

It is also a way to channel feelings, the child must draw to relax and release what is inside , give shape to his thoughts, his characters and the stories that go through his mind. On paper, the imagination has no limits and this helps you to differentiate reality from fiction, as well as to make your dreams tangible. It is also so therapeutic that many fears disappear just by reflecting them on paper.

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The activity of being free

Drawing should be a free activity, it is not convenient to condition the shapes and colors of its creation. Telling children that the sun is not blue and that they cannot paint it like that or that they have to copy the exact model they want to imitate, is to limit it. What we see has nothing to do with artistic expression. This is unconditioned and experimental. Only then can you transform your reality and acquire maturity.  

As if that were not enough at a motor level, it is fabulous, as it helps you acquire precision, security, manual ability, fluidity of movement, perspective, knowledge of your environment, observation skills and greater coordination.

As in all activities that children do, our occasional participation is beneficial. In the case of drawing, it will be good that sometimes we draw with them , that we give them ideas and exchange opinions. So they compare and have another point of view.

So now you know, create if possible an illuminated corner, a small table where he can be calm and with his supplies at hand to give free rein to his fantasies and encourage him to experiment and paint a purple tree if he feels like it. It will be fun and stimulating at the same time.

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