Leave a Mark

         One of the most important ways that your toddler is tuning in to her creativity is by experimenting with art materials.  As she grabs that chunky crayon and gets to work, you will see her art and writing change and become more controlled and complex as she grows.

       

For very young children, art and early writing skills are one and the same.  At first, it’s all about just figuring out what these cool things called crayons can do.  Then your child discovers the link between her hand holding the crayon and the line she made on the page:  Presto!  She experiences the power of cause-and-effect.  Imagine how exciting this must be for her!  She can now make a real “mark” on the world.  This leap in thinking skills is helped along by her new ability to hold things in her hands and fingers.  The growing control your child has over the muscles in her hands lets her move a marker or paintbrush with purpose and with a goal in mind.

         

For very young children, there are four stages of drawing and writing that you may see as your child grows from 15 months old to 3 years of age.   Stage 1,  Random Scribbling (15 months to 2 1/2 years)  Stage 2, Controlled Scribbling (2 years to 3 years)  Stage 3,  Lines and Patterns (2 1/2 years to 3 1/2 years) and Stage 4, Pictures of Objects or People (3 years to 5 year).  Note that the timetables are approximate; your child may master these skills faster or slower and still be developing just fine.  Growth doesn’t happen at the same speed for every child, but by offering repeated fun experiences with a variety of art and writing materials, you will see forward progress over time.

  

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