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