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My child never used to like drawing yet she won a competition amongst 500 kids of her age! You must be wondering how?? Today i will be discussing those 7 proven ways to Motivate your kids to draw which helped me.
Recalling such a beautiful event is the best memory in itself, but it surely took a lot of time and patience from my and my daughter’s end.
There are several benefits of drawing, from encouraging visual analysis, to increasing individual confidence. It improves hand-eye coordination and develops fine motor skills like proper movement of hands, wrists, and fingers.
But being a mother, I know what it’s like when you have a four and half year old kid that never draws or one who seems to want to draw but lacks confidence. With this being said, I stand by my response of ‘don’t worry’ I know that’s pretty much not impossible. I learnt that her interest is in painting rather than drawings and I have to focus on that. 7 proven ways to Motivate your kids to draw
HOW I STARTED
I still remember that drawing competition which totally changed the game in my favour. I know you would say I shouldn’t let a small kid participate in the competition but I found that as an opportunity to work on myself and her. But it was not forceful at all, as she got enough space to paint and explore the opportunity. The theme was open and we chose to use the subject “Garden”. However, the challenge was how to help her draw when she doesn’t like to draw, instead, loves to paint.
I prepared a theme based on nature where I would use a carrot to make flowers. Sponge to make a sky as she didn’t know how to hold the brush and her finger thumbprints as flower leaves. This theme interested her alot and we practised for this theme for over a month.
You can see the final picture here. We made a bee with cotton and the concept was totally loved by all the jury members including teachers. she won amongst so many kids.
7 proven ways to Motivate your kids to draw
Fast forward today, she has improved her painting skills and won much competition. No matter how busy she gets with her academics, nowadays she always spares time to paint her mind out. With such a beautiful experience of my past, I would like to share 7 Proven ways that helped me a lot to motivate my daughter to paint
1)Offer interesting objects to draw on and draw with
During the early years of practising, I asked my daughter to draw anywhere she wants to. Be it her skin, a balloon, or on the wall, with non-toxic markers or face paints.
In this phase, I kept utmost care of what object or colour my daughter is using, so that she would not face any problem. As a parent, you can use a cardboard box, a graph paper, or a foil paper, as these will develop more interest and curiosity.
2)Appeal to their senses.
While your child is exploring and developing motor coordination, don’t expect them to be clean throughout the process. Let them make their room messy, and clothes dirty. Allow them to colour the walls with their fingers, and just don’t be specific about colours too. Let them use a sand tray, shaving cream, salt, or whatever they find attractive.
If they like it, either way, offer them a pencil, pencil colours, markers, instead of crayons and paint colours. Oil colours and painting colours can make their hands greasy or dirty!
3)Same skills can be practiced without using a pencil.
It’s completely fine if your kid doesn’t like to draw or paint. As a parent, you can offer them different opportunities and take up the initiative of building their skills. For this, ask them to use their little muscles in the hands and fingers, as it will help to improve the overall coordination.
To build confidence, make sure that whatever they do, you always appreciate them for the same. Creativity comes from the mind and not by any object like a pencil, paintbrush, or spatula.
4)Relate every picture
It’s essential to relate drawing or paintings with a moment or place your kid finds interesting to watch. My daughter loves visiting gardens, and hence, I chose the garden as the theme for the competition.
5)Give them meaningful reasons to draw –
It’s best to give your kid a reason to draw or paint, and in my case, it was the competition which I was confident that she’ll do well.
However, you can try some other reasons like creating a beautiful sheet for wrapping the gift for their friend or closed ones. You can also ask them to draw what all present they need during their upcoming birthday or festival.
6)Making the process interesting
The first rule, never start with doing something difficult, instead, follow little steps. The process matters a lot in whichever activity you are teaching your child.
I developed curiosity in my daughter’s mind about the after effects of different objects. I chopped down carrots, potatoes, and okra along with every other different vegetable. In this way she explored different types of flowers. While she learned so many things during this process, she started liking the practice sessions.
I often reward my daughter with little things she likes the most. Rewarding and speaking kind words work a lot, especially to the younger age groups. It helps them to shape their personality by building the right self-esteem and self-confidence. Besides, this also leaves a positive impact on child’s mental health.
Do you still find it difficult to help your kid to draw?
Not all kids are the same, and as a parent you must never pressurize them to do any specific activity. There are several alternatives of drawing you can try like threading activities, scissor activities, book reading, and crafts. It takes time for a kid to develop interest, just like my daughter did. And now I don’t even force her to sit and draw, instead, she does it all, on its own.
Are you still worried about your kid not being able to draw? If you use any other way to encourage your child, do let me know the same!