A home with kids is always a busy abode. It’s full of energy and enthusiasm yet full of challenges at the same time.
One of the biggest challenges that parents often face is how to keep their small children entertained. With their short attention span, it can be tough keeping kids still for long periods of time.
But if there’s one activity that can help parents in entertaining and educating their kids, it has to be drawing time. Kids are taught to scribble and draw while still toddlers and if they are taught how to do it right, there’s a great chance they can develop a deeper interest in drawing until they grow up. Who knows, they can even become future cartoonists or graphic designers.
These days, it’s not only paintings that get sold as artworks but also drawings. For example, drawings from Saatchi Art are sold online with prices ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
A drawing activity at home can actually be made into a family bonding time. This is not hard to do especially if both parents get involve and encourage their kids to develop their drawing skill.
Here are some useful tips you can follow to ensure your little ones enjoy the art of drawing together with their mom and dad.
A Dedicated Space
Provide a dedicated area in your home where your kids can draw whenever they want. Make sure to provide the materials there as well so they get glued to that space right away and don’t go around looking for their things.
It’s a good idea to provide them with just a few materials for a start to avoid overwhelming them.
Set the Mood
Setting the mood for drawing is very important particularly for small children. It’s not enough that you just provide them with the space and materials. Being there when they start drawing will make them feel good.
Ask them what they want to draw and then offer tips on how to start their drawing. Parents can also suggest subjects that their kids like such as animals, space or place objects on the table for inspiration.
Do keep in mind, though, to keep your hands off when the kids are doing their artwork. You would not want to shift their focus while they’re engrossed in the activity so just let them draw on their own.
Schedule Drawing Time
As your kids develop their love for drawing, you may want to set a specific day and time for this activity. It can be a great family bonding moment that will make the little ones feel happy and proud of what they do.
This can be done on a weekend or you can even organize a drawing weekend session with your friends and their own kids.
Originally posted on April 29, 2014 @ 12:51 pm