Your Children’s Drawings Are Not Just Scratches, They Have A Meaning

Here I tell you the meaning of your children’s drawings, useful information for the jobs and tasks they do since they were little.

Right now is the time of preschool assignments, difficult but very entertaining. Finding colors, highlighting shapes and delineating numbers has made me see that fortunately, we were not born with the knowledge of all things. Seeing how my son puts himself to the test every day to do something that for us is a “no brainer” fills me with humility every afternoon.

As part of this learning process, it is my little one’s turn to draw various drawings, some with number series and others of course, of his family. In the latter, I was delighted to see how he drew me with his arms (like two cute stripes) spread widely, to which I asked him: “Why did you draw me like that?” “Because I like it when you give me a hug,” he replied, looking into my eyes. Thus, with a crocodile tear in between, I understood that his drawings are not just scratches or scribbles. It’s not that he hadn’t thought about it before, but that simple answer put me in the face with his perception of things.

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It was then that I started to search on the subject and I came across a work by the French philosopher, Georges-Henri, who has written about the importance of drawing in childhood. Mr. Henri explains that there are four reference stages for thinking about the subject of pictures in children. Then I share what each one of them consists of.

1. Serendipitous realism

This stage occurs between 2 and 3 years of age, and consists merely of making spontaneous scribbles, the first that come to mind for the child. In the same way, when asking the little one who he drew, I was able to put the first name that comes to mind, so there is no need to be alarmed or complain about mom if dad is represented with an animal with huge horns.

2. Frustrated realism

This period comes when they are between 3 and 5 years old, just where my little one is. At this moment the child is simple and disorganized, he looks like a bachelor who begins life outside of mother’s house. The main characteristic of his drawings is that they look like tadpoles, that is, they begin the human figure with a large head and two stripes that act as legs. The truth, my talent for drawing seems to have remained in frustrated realism.

3. Intellectual realism

It is between 5 and 6 years of age that children’s drawings begin to show more details, in a clear attempt to represent reality. In this sense, children draw what they already know, so you have to be very careful with the example they receive at home.

4. Visual realism

This last stage appears between the ages of 7 and 12, which is when the little ones have already achieved a line and precision worthy of the great Vincent Van Gogh. It is then that they can define their lines and their intention much better.

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With these elements, we can review the work of Nicole Bedart who wrote the book: “How to interpret your children’s drawings” Bedart says that a firm line represents security, a discontinuous one insecurity and an uncontrolled impulsivity. In addition, according to that book, the size of objects and the space they occupy have to do with self-esteem. If you use wavy shapes you have self-control, if you use pink it is sensitive and if you prefer black with red, it indicates signs of aggressiveness.

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Have you checked what your children draw? What could you tell us about it?

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