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Kids & Art- Stages of Development Part 1

It is helpful for parents to understand what to expect to encourage them in creativity/art at each stage of development.

Scribbling stage, approximately 2 to 4 years

  • Children are amazed at their ability to make marks. They have just realized that they can interact with and affect their environment.
  • Much time is spent practicing motor skills.
  • Children draw circles first, then squares and other geometric shapes.
  • Children begin trying to recreate their world. They may want to point to and name parts of their drawings.

Pre-schematic stage, late preschool to approximately age 7

  • First attempts are made to represent people or objects. Efforts are recognizable to adults.
  • Children show a fascination with the wide variety of colors.
  • Obvious connections between different pieces of the drawing.
  • Signs of approval from teachers and peers are important.
  • Easily discouraged and fatigued.
  • Active, hands-on, eager to learn, self-centered.
  • Highly imaginative yet tend to focus on one idea at a time.
  • Search for ways to represent their ideas.

(University of Missouri summary)

Next week we'll take a look at the next stage of development. Whatever stage your child is at, encourage them to be creative this week

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