Archive for October, 2009

What’s in a Scribble?

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

When your child hands you one of the many masterpieces created during the school day, you may not be aware of the potential of the piece of artwork.  Each child approaching the age of two can scribble.  This is of course if there are opportunities and materials available.  Do you know that Scribbles represent the earliest form of drawing.  Every form of graphic art, no matter how complex, contains the lines found in children’s artwork.

Kellogg, in her research of over 2000 children has identified over 20 basic scribbles.  As young children progress from scribbling to picture making, they go through four distinguishable stages: placement, shape, design and pictorial.  Each stage provides insight to parents and teachers of the child’s mental development.  These shapes and scribbles are the rudiments of letters and numbers as the child develops their fine motor skills.

Ten Parental Encouragement Essential Ingredients:

  1. Enjoy the masterpiece and effort.
  2. Find a place to display the work.
  3. Instead of saying “What a beautiful  _______”  Say, “Tell me about this exciting picture.”
  4. Provide a place and materials that will encourage the creative and imaginative expression. Remember washable markers and non-toxic crayons are must.
  5. Since children enjoy creating large pictures, have plenty of paper for them to scribble on.  Don’t forget the brown bags from the grocery store. They can be cut and turned over to provide great paper at an affordable price.
  6. Children need to create their own images. Avoid coloring books. Stressing staying within the lines before the child has fully developed their fine motor skills can discourage the willingness to try.
  7. Encourage language development by asking questions concerning the colors and what is happening.  Encourage the sharing.
  8. Be sure to say “You really had fun with this one! How did you do this? Stressing the process not the product.
  9. Have a place to store and date the special pictures.  Have you thought of a scrapbook or photo album? Be sure to date them. You will be surprised how the child will enjoy seeing their pictures especially when they are older.
  10. If you have to throw the work away, why not ask your child which ones are the “keepers.” Selecting some of the work to share with grandparents and others also validates your child’s efforts. Have the child throw the extra ones away.

What’s in a scribble” -The whole wonderful world, according to your child’s development and perception.  “Scribbles are the beginning of a great future.  Enjoy
Dr. Fil.
Educational Director
Young Explorers Schools