It’s so interesting how you can find many different ways to get your little one to use her noodle. My seven-year-old loves journaling and notebooks. Recently, my mom bought her a small, pink doodling book that includes blank pages and pages that are partially drawn on. These page may have half a circle or an empty playground and allows the doodler to use her imagination to finish the picture in any way she artistically sees fit. Unlike most activity books, this one doesn’t ask the child to do a crossword puzzle, or connect the dots. Of course, those are also fun and entertaining.
What this book does that is different is allow the child to use her imagination in a different way on each page. For example, my daughter will write a story then draw a picture about her story. Or she will finish a picture then write the story to match it. Or she may feel inspired to write about her day or something she recently did that was exciting. Each time she opens the book there are different ways in which she can use her noodle.
Drawing for children offers a number of different benefits. According to Artsz.org, one of the many benefits for children includes improving hand-eye coordination. When young children are asked to draw a portrait of something, they will learn how to make comparisons between objects of different sizes or shapes. Comparing objects through art can be as simple as asking a child to draw a picture of children having fun outside. Through this task, they will learn to draw the bird smaller than the tree in a way that is realistically proportional.
Drawing also encourages children to use their imagination and develops their creative thinking skills into critical thinking skills, and it refines cognitive and creative skills. Plus, when it comes to holistic learning, drawing also improves a child’s ability to problem-solve, a skill that can add to better grades and success in school.
The next time your child sits down to color, consider asking her to draw you a picture of a something she saw that day, either while on the playground or outside of her bedroom window. This will give her a great chance to practice some of those important skills and use her noodle as she doodles.