How drawing in all positions helps children in their development ( 0-5 years )

How many times have I heard: "Yes but, Geneviève, my little Léon does not like to draw..."? I asked myself this question for a long time, unsatisfied to let this statement go unanswered, I looked for some ways to think about it.


Understanding the importance of drawing and coloring
Drawing is often a trivialized step, however, through drawing, the child communicates so much information to us. We can learn so much about a child from a simple little scribble. The choice of colors, the shapes, the speed, the strength he applies and his position can show us his emotions, his discomfort, his confidence, his challenges and so much more.

If I tell you that children learn to be more independent and confident when they draw, will you believe me?
 
Let me enlighten you. During the coloring or drawing period, the child develops in many areas; he learns to calm himself, to be more autonomous, to develop his wrist muscles, to develop his language, to use his creativity and imagination...


A special moment with you
Now, what do we do for a child who shows no interest in drawing?
interest in drawing? It is possible that they are simply not interested and if this is the case, it is better not to impose it on them. 
 
However, the first thing you should do is sit down at the table and color. You set up sheets of paper (washable of course), pencils, coin trays or other materials to give the child a choice. You can then invite him to join you, the child likes to imitate the people he loves, especially his parents. He will enjoy doing what you do. 

Sometimes children may not show interest because they don't see anyone else doing it. So, by showing them the fun of drawing and coloring, they may quickly become interested because they will be spending quality time with their parent or caregiver.

Funny positions to capture their interest
If the child prefers to move, it is also advisable to let the child settle in the desired the desired location. They can then find the most comfortable position for them. He can also decide to draw on the floor, kneeling on the chair, standing, sitting, lying down, under the table...

During his or her drawing period, the child may sometimes change location. This is normal, as the child needs to be constantly on the move between the ages of 3 and 4. He needs his whole body to be solicited. 

From this point of view, it is normal that the child is not interested in sitting for long minutes to color.

It is therefore necessary to adapt this activity so that the child gets the most out of it. It is by allowing them to explore their space, to choose the place and the way that they will be more interested in this activity. 

"Around the age of 3-4, children need to be constantly on the move, so it is normal for them to find sitting activities unappealing."

Some benefits of the different postures

Here are some developmental benefits of adopting sometimes strange postures:

- Kneeling, the child works on the balance of the body
- Under the table, he/she makes big movements, which strengthens the muscles of the torso and the shoulder thanks to gravity
- Lying on his stomach, keeping his torso up, he strengthens all his back, arm, stomach and torso muscles 
- On the wall, his balance and spatial orientation are improved

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