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The Gift of a Child's Drawing

Updated on December 24, 2014

What does a child's art tell you?

I love this drawing. It shows character balance with respect to color, pattern and the tiny heart in the middle.
I love this drawing. It shows character balance with respect to color, pattern and the tiny heart in the middle. | Source

Walk into any kitchen whose family has young children and you will most likely see the gift of a child's drawing hanging on the refrigerator door. Generally, the artwork will have a label written by a teacher and a child's signature on it somewhere. Of course, as adults we pretend to know what it is all about and proceed to chat with the child about his picture, from our perspective. Occasionally we are right but most of the time we guess wrong.

As adults our comments and questions directed to the child may indicate our failure to recognize the importance a child places on the drawing process itself. Don't feel bad, children draw from from their emotions and inner reflection and only they know what is truly represented on paper (thus the added teacher label for clarification).

When I was a preschool teacher, I would direct children to use the writing center often to express their feelings. To encourage visits to the center, it was stocked with the following items:

plain white paper
crayons
pencils
construction paper
markers
dictionary
water color paint
glue
stapler
hole punch
stickers
mailbox
envelopes
ink stampers
ruler

My Special Gift

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There's just something about a plain white piece of paper that entices a child to draw freely. Perhaps they see this paper widely used by parents and teachers in communicating and it is attractive to them as a means of expressing themselves. One of the best gifts I ever received as a teacher was a bound book containing drawings created by preschool students on plain white copy paper.

The creation process was simple, but needed prompting from the Assistant Teacher who worked with the children (ages three to five) on an individual basis at the writing center on this book. They were asked, "What does Ms. Dianna look like?" After talking about their ideas, they were then asked to draw a picture of what they had just mentioned. As you can see by the photos below, some of them drew very detailed pictures while others made simple shapes and colors. The defined stick figures were those of four and five year old's and the simple large circle figures were drawn by three year old children.

They drew a personal perception of me as they saw me in their mind's eye. The drawing with blue crayon is amusing in that it states I have blue eyes. I have brown. However, children often draw what they perceive to be true based upon familiar people or items. Perhaps, his mother had blue eyes and it was comforting to him. The picture of me wth big feet is so true and I had to laugh at the large circle representation. My favorite was the "100 feet" drawing. This child thought I was capable of being in many places at one time, thus the many feet.

Samples Drawings From The Book

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Circles are the primary shape used; notice the two stick legs on the side (3 year old drawing). Three year old used blue color to highlight figure, "Ms Dianna has blue eyes" (I have brown!)Stick figure of higher definition, circles used to represent face, eyes and feet ("Ms. Dianna has big feet. " I do.)Large circle for body with sticks representing feet, "Ms. Dianna has 100 feet". (four year old drawing)
Circles are the primary shape used; notice the two stick legs on the side (3 year old drawing).
Circles are the primary shape used; notice the two stick legs on the side (3 year old drawing).
Three year old used blue color to highlight figure, "Ms Dianna has blue eyes" (I have brown!)
Three year old used blue color to highlight figure, "Ms Dianna has blue eyes" (I have brown!)
Stick figure of higher definition, circles used to represent face, eyes and feet ("Ms. Dianna has big feet. " I do.)
Stick figure of higher definition, circles used to represent face, eyes and feet ("Ms. Dianna has big feet. " I do.)
Large circle for body with sticks representing feet, "Ms. Dianna has 100 feet". (four year old drawing)
Large circle for body with sticks representing feet, "Ms. Dianna has 100 feet". (four year old drawing)

The Analysis Of Children's Drawings

As I mentioned the book's creation process was simple but in reality the actual child's efforts are reflective of their personality, environment and developmental stage. It takes time observing a child's behavior and interaction with her or him to comprehend what the drawings may reveal. Once I directed a child to the writing center because they were being disruptive and needed a quiet space to refocus. He took some paper and crayons and sat for about fifteen minutes (which is a long time for a preschooler) busily drawing on paper.

After awhile, I ventured over and sat beside him. I saw a large stick figure and a smaller stick figure holding hands in the center of the paper. Above them was a colorful rainbow with clouds on each side. They were standing on a bed of green grass with small yellow flowers and a bird or two flying overhead. I tilted my head and said, "Tell me about your picture". I used this phrase because I didn't want to put words in his mouth or misread his drawing. He took a deep breath and he told me his story. Evidently his grandma had just passed away and he drew a picture of her and him holding hands looking upwards to heaven. He said, "I miss my grandma and how she used to play with me. But, I know she is in heaven now." I wanted to cry right there but I managed to hug him while we talked about how he felt about his loss.

Later when his mother came to pick him up, I shared this activity with her and the story behind the drawing. She cried and told me that he had been so quiet at home and unable to play with his brother without resorting to squabbles over toys. She said she had no idea he felt this loss so deeply. Once she talked with her son at home about his feelings, he returned to his usual happy self. This is why teachers observe children's drawings. It enables them to help shape a child's character, instill positive social skills and encourage self-expression.


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Stages of Children's Art

From the time a child picks up his first writing tool, he begins to express himself visually. The ability to form lines in order to reach figures resembling the real figure is one of the important symbolic activities that distinguish man from other living beings¹. A young child of two will scribble on a page with a marker or crayon. It may be centered on the page or in in different areas with no connection or meaning. Although, if you ask them they could probably give you some idea of what they drew.

As the child develops into a preschooler, drawings become more realistic. He will use shapes and lines as stick figures to represent people, animals and structures such as homes. They may use the entire paper or center their art in one small area. What you want to see is the use of the whole paper at this age because it indicates a balanced outlook of life. There is much more to analyzing children's drawings but for the sake of keeping this article focused I will just mention the developmental stages of children's art below²:

  • Scribbling Stage: Birth - 2 years
  • Manipulative Stage: 2-4 years
  • Pre-Schematic or Symbol Making Stage: 4-7 years
  • Human Figure's Drawings: 6-8 years
  • Schematic Stage: 7-9 years
  • Geometric Drawing Stage: 9-12 years
  • Story Drawing/Graphic Narrative Stage: 9-12 years approximately
  • Drawing Realism Stage: 11-13 years
  • Late realism Stage: 11-13 years

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Source: 1 and 2: Children's Drawings and the Developmental Artistic Characteristics, Lowenfeld, Mendelowitz, Read, Kellogg, Edwards, Hurwitz and Day

Self-Expression And The Art Of Drawing

It's The Thought That Counts

A child's drawing is a special gift of art from the deep inner depths of their being. I always enjoy asking children to talk about their artwork because I discover what is important to them and how they think. The next time you look at a child's drawing see if you can understand what they were trying to say. If you ask them to share their thoughts be prepared to talk for awhile about their creation. You may be surprised at what you learn.

© 2012 Dianna Mendez

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Daisy, thank you for your support of this article.

      ChitrangadaSharan, thank you for the support and encouragement. I agree children have great capability and creative thoughts that contribute to their learning.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub and very well presented! One can indeed read what's going on in a child's mind by what he draws or colors on paper.

      Children have great capability of expressing their thoughts. Only the parents and the teacher should pay attention to understand this.

      Great insightful hub. Thank you!

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dianna,

      I returned to read and share your wonderful article another time.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Peggy, you can usually tell what a child is feeling by what he or she draws. I've helped many children work through a problem by talking through their picture with them.

      Ologsinquito, my refrigerator is covered with drawings. Some of them are over 10 years old. It is hard to part with them. Good day to you!

      RTalloni, I like your encouragement of creative expression in your grandchildren. It will make a difference as years pass. Be safe and well.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting to learn more about children's drawings/art here. Am always so glad to see the drawing activities being encouraged in little ones! So sorry about the theft of this post. Though we can find our posted date for a hub in our account info I wonder about putting a posted date note at the end of each hub.

      Our first grand just turned 7 and we added some art books to his birthday box, one of which was a step by step guide by Lee Ames, Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures. The cover example is a castle which would have drawn his attention at first glance. We sent other drawing books for the littler ones this summer, one of which was Kristin Geller's Follow the Directions & Draw It All by Yourself, a great book for beginners. I'm so looking forward to finding them new drawing books as they get older! All that kids gain from learning to draw benefits them their entire lives.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      There are few things more precious than the gift of a child's drawing, which he or she made just for you. It is so hard to part with these treasures that I usually don't, or at least can't do it for a long time.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is wonderful information for parents, teachers and others to know. A child's drawing can tell so much about what is transpiring in his or her life and their thoughts and feelings. Many up votes and will pin, tweet, G+ and share with my HP followers.

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      I absolutely agree with you, it is horrible to steal what others have work so hard to create... I remembered you had wrote this piece when I saw it. I hope you get this matter sorted soon.

      I wish a lovely weekend to you too.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Chris, thank you. I am dedicating one day this week to investigating the theft of my hub posts. It's a shame that someone easily steals what we work so hard to research and write from our own personal experience. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      Hi teaches12345, I wanted to let you know that someone may have copied the content of this hub. I found it on this page http://www.educationforscience.com/the-gift-of-a-c...

      I was checking to see if anyone copied any of my hubs and found this one which I was pretty sure I had read on hubpages before.

      Please have a look as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Jaye! I am glad to hear how much you treasure your children (and grandchildren's) art work. As I well know, they mean so much and always bring a smile to your day. You have encouaged me to make them all digital files, very handy! I appreciate your sharing on this topic. Have a great weekend.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I'm a sentimental person and have been saving (and protecting) children's art since my now-middle-aged offspring gave me pictures they'd drawn and painted. I also have pieces of childhood art given to me by my now-adult grandchildren. The next generation--my grand-grands--frequently gift me with their artistic endeavors, and they're rotated from a soft display board to a scrapbook with page protectors. I suppose when I leave this planet, the said children/grandchildren/great-granchildren will sort through my scrapbooks and reclaim their work, but right now I can enjoy it.

      In addition, I've kept letters and other written material with childish writing in pencil or crayon, often filled with misspellings in the early years, but precious to me. Told you--I'm very sentimental!

      I've also made digital photos and/or scanned several pieces of this art that I keep on a flash drive.

      Great hub. Voted Up++++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Daisy, I love your story shared here. The teacher was clearly not capturing the best teaching moments! Good thing there are teachers like you out there who relly care.

      Dghbrh, thank you for coming by and for your votes of support. Enjoy your day.

      Jelly, hang on to those treasured pieces of art, they do mean so much more to us over time. Glad you found the topic interesting and useful. Hope your weekend is a good one.

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      jellygator 4 years ago from USA

      I love the pictures you shared!

      Although I still have a collection of my daughter's drawings over the years, I had no idea there were so many categories and names for their art stages! That's fascinating!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Brilliant and very interesting hub. Shared and votes all ++++++++

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dianna (teaches12345),

      What a terrific article! It brought back a lot of memories.

      I am certified to teach all art subjects in Kindergarten through the twelfth grade in New Jersey. I am reminded of a young man in the third grade when I was student teaching. He loved to draw and was so enthusiastic in class, always anxious to show me what he had created.

      I mentioned him to the teacher in whose room I was assigned. I'll never forget her reply..."Why are you bothering with him? His IQ is only 77!" (As you know, IQs in the 70 to 90 range are in the "below average" category.)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Audra, you are a very talented person and I would love to see some of your drawings! Glad you came by here as well. Hope you are enjoying a great day.

      Torri, art does have a way of helping all of us to relax and destress. Good add to the topic! Thank you.

      Icbenefield, getting those pictures make my day too! My fridge is also full of those sweet drawings given in love. Glad you have this blessing too.

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      So awesome to read this. I really enjoy getting colored pictures from my little friends. I have no children of my own but my fridge is covered with children's drawings. Thanks for sharing this.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      teaches12345, i agree with you completely and feel that a children's drawings helps them to express who they are and how they are feeling in general. also i feel that children that paint and draw can show off their creative side and even relief off any tension they may be experiencing with homework, school, sports, or even with friends. well put together hub and very beneficial for parents and children. thanks and voted up.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Yes, there is something about a plain white piece of paper indeed. It is pretty amazing what a child can do to express themselves and their emotions using art. Even though I am 40, I to can use the toolbox you outlined and other things to bring my emotions out on paper...things I often suppress. I am glad I found this hub today,...thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, MarieAlana, for your visit here today. I value your feedback. Have a great day.

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      This is great information!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Frogfish, each child is unique and blesses our lives just be being! Thank you for coming by here and for your add to the topic. I hope your evening is going well.

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Your article is beautifully detailed about the individuality of each child...and you as teacher recognizing and honoring that. Video was fantastic - exhibited a happy child. You are a wonderful person/teacher!

      Thank you for sharing this positive hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Becky, I love hearing stories like yours. It is so validating, but mostly endearing as to how much they express their feelings. She must really love her dad. Take care.

      Nell, I learn much from talking with children about their drawings. Always a great experience. Enjoy your day and thanks for your comment.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, I used to teach Kumon, after school extra work, and we used to get them to draw when they had finished their work, I used to love it, just watching them using their imagination was amazing, wonderful hub voted up! and shared, nell

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      It's funny I came across this article today. Last night my 3 year old was sitting in her bed and drawing something on a "wipe board" (similar to the one the girl is using in the video). She was drawing and drawing and I asked her "Meg, what are you drawing" she said an "airplane". As I got closer to her masterpiece I saw the airplane clear as day. It really surprised me that she had the abilities to draw an airplane (she's never been on an airplane, she's never "seen" an airplane up close) I was in shock.

      I asked her about the airplane......she said that "Her daddy went on an airplane" (he did 7 months ago mind you) and that one day he was gonna take her on "that" (her) airplane she drew. It was sweet, I was flabberghasted that my 3 year old remembered "Daddy went on an airplane and he was gonna take her on one" and that she had the capabilities to draw such a "great" airplane (mind you it would have looked similar to an airplane I would have drawn). This airplane had windows (did I mention she's 3????), a door, in the "clouds" etc. It was amazing....

      Thanks for sharing.....you always seem to hit the nail on the head. I enjoyed reading your hub (as always).

      ~Becky

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Mama Kim, you are so kind to stop in here and leave such positive support. I would look at your local library for some leads on this type of subject for books. They can direct you to other resources as well. Have a great day. Blessings.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I love love love this hub!! Voted up, awesome, beautiful and shared ^_^

      I would love to read more on analyzing children's drawings. Do you have any suggestions for reliable information?

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you for your visit, Peter. Children's drawings always have a story to tell.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear teaches12345,

      Thank you for a very well researched and written article.

      I remember my grandmother telling me that in India the elders believe that children up to the age of 7 or 8 still vividly remember their previous lives. Because of this some of their drawings or paintings can be about the past life not the present. Hence the reason we sometimes don't understand them.

      kind regards peter

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, Kristine. I still enjoy the joy my child's paintings give me and that was years ago.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I think a child's art brings life into a room - I do miss having young children at home. Great Hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You are so nice to stop in to the hubs and leave such encouraging comments, Goforthejuggler. Have a great day, friend.

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      Joshua Patrick 5 years ago from Texas

      As usual, I enjoyed your hub - you've always got something to teach me!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Lady E, you and I are in agreement on how children can tell you so much throug a simple drawing about their feelings. Glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your visit here.

      Glimmer, I agree coloring books have their purpose, but free expression helps children to full use their creativity in thinking through their art. Thanks for your visit here and have a great evening.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I keep all of my daughter's drawings and frame and hang some of my favorites. I'm very much of the mindset that kids should create their own art, not fill in the lines of a preprinted page. Of course coloring books serve a purpose too, but my heart is always drawn to original drawings.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      It fascinates me the way kids project their feelings on paper and then they sit down and talk you through it. Amazing....

      The story you shared was very touching. I'm glad you encourage kids to draw and thanks for the tips.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You have inspired me, Diane. I think that you have bestowed upon me a greater honor than deserved, but I appreciate the compliment. I am only experienced in the things that cost me something to learn -- hard knocks! I do hope that many will glean from these articles information to help them become successful at parenting/teaching. Have a happy 4th!

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      As a former teacher I have to say this is so so instructive for a new Teacher. Lets hope all of the girls who are going to Undergrad and Grad Schools have access to this HUb. I suggest you find a way to publish some of these to Adacemic Jourals in the field. Your expertise shines through. teaches 12345. Wish I would have had acess to your writings a few years ago in Grad School....Have a blessed day and keep doing these works, you do not yet know how much you contribute to the lives of others.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      A truth indeed, children draw to express their feelings. We would do well to observe and learn from them. Thanks for stopping by here, Girishpuri. Have a great day!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      This is true children express their deep emotions when they draw, voted up

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Molly! I am glad that you found some useful information on this hub. I am sure you will find teaching rewarding -- we sometimes learn more from the experience than our students. I appreciate your votes and support. Let me know if I can be of use to you any time. Take care.

      Urmilashukla, keep those drawings! I have some from my son still stored away and I occasionally take them out to view. Thanks for the vote up and support. Be well and safe, my friend.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Kids drawings are so precious. I still kept all the art work from my girls. Enjoyed reading it. Awesome and voted up! Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Teaches, this was so thoughtfully written and detailed. Teaching is a new subject for me and I found this fascinating. I had no idea there was so much to be read into a child's drawing! Up and interesting!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hey Minnetonka, it is sure good to see you here. Yes, you have something to look forward to: a refrigerator covered in artistic young talent! Take care and be safe.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I guess I can look forward to the pictures someday when our kiddos get older and give us grand baby's. Have a wonderful weekend my awesome teacher friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Minnetonka! Thanks for the support of the hub. I so appreciate your visits and you always have a positive outlook for me. I miss those pictures also. My grandkids are older but they still send me handmade cards on holidays... that helps. Take care my friend.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      You always have such great information on your hubs and teach us all so much. There is nothing better than looking at a child's drawing and creation. I miss that stage where my sister's kids would draw pictures that we'd put on the fridge. I really enjoyed reading this my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Bedbugabscond. I love hearing your talk about your little gir. That is such a great stage of life. They are beginning to connect life with art and to love "print" as it becomes meaningful. Thanks for sharing from your experience and adding to the hub content. Take care and enjoy those drawings!

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      My daughter has just hit the symbol stage. About 3 years ago her drawings were splotches. It is amazing to see grass, the sun and mood, the sky all developing. I love when she draws pictures of the family too. One thing she does that is interesting is write the letters CAACACA.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Oh, Nybride, I think you may get a good response from her when you use this method. I hope it helps to open a door for your two in communicating. Thanks for the support and your reflection of the topic. I am also grateful for your follow on my hub topics. Your comments are added value to any hub.

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I have a 15 year old daughter who is an exceptional artist, but she will express very little verbally about her emotions. I have come to realize that this is how she does it. The next time I get frustrated because I don't understand what she's thinking, I'm going to ask her to tell me about her picture.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello acaetnna! Thank you for the visit and positive feedback. I think you can discover much from such a simple piece of child's artwork if you take the time to look. .Glad you enjoyed the read.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Drawing is such an important part of a young child's life. As your article so rightly points out, through their drawings, hidden emotions can surface and then problems resolved. This made a fascinating read, thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, twentyfive, for coming in for a visit. Art is one area that if developed early, also leads to creative expression in thought. It can help a child affirm his individuality. Take care.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      This is an excellent hub. Creativity and art to children would be so developed if parents read this very well presented info. Awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am so glad you enjoyed the read and got some helpful information from it. I wouldn't worry about the scissor usage, the age to introduce fine motor skills such as this is age four and up. Drawing comes naturally but parents will help children get an early start if they provide the materials for easy access. You have a very smart little boy! Thanks for your vote and visit. Be well!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I think you have the main idea, as parents discuss the child's work it encourages creativity and expression. Your visit is most appreciated; thank you for your kind comments and vote of support. Take care.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      I bet all the kids loved you.. you sound like a wonderful teacher. I have always wanted to work with kids because the people who really encouraged me the most as a child were the teachers in my life.

      This hub reminds me of a few weeks ago we had taken our son to his 4 yr check-up. They did a questionnaire and asked things like can your child use Scissors, how well does your child draw and things like that. It caught me off guard because at that point I had never asked him to draw anything. We tried to get him to color a few times but he never wanted anything to do with it. Part of the questionnaire was to have him draw a person and HE DID! He drew a little stick figure and some eyes and hair.. it was the cutest thing I've ever seen. He then drew a number 5. Ever since them I've been encouraging him to draw and I've gone out and got him some child safe scissors, too. Thank you for a great hub.. I am very proud of his drawings and your hub made me think of that. Voting up!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      An insightful look into developmental stages of children. Packed with info. Encourages parent participation Voted up and very useful!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello fpherj48! Thank you for the kind compliment and support. Children are a special gift and make life so enjoyable. I am sure your grandchild loves the time you take to chat about his drawings and the attention you honor him with by displaying them. Have a great day!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I can see that you are a super A+ Number 1 teacher!! I am in awe of teachers of any age group. It takes very special qualities to do a good job. Kids are so precious and to be able to help mold them and guide them is an honor.

      My 6 year old Grandson is the one who can sit for hours, drawing, coloring, pasting & cutting. His pictures are always so cute and of course I display them. Great hub!! UP+++

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I can tell you are a parent who is involved in your children's educational success and your children are benefiting from your experienced outlook on life. They do grow up and go out into the world but we still have those moments of time frozen for our reflection. Thanks for the follow, ananceleste. I appreciate your comments and visits!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Definitely freeze time with all those memorable moments and pictures from your child's past. I go through mine periodically just for the sake of having a smile. I am working on another hub which captures the stages so that will also help parents understand children's expression through art. thanks for the comment, visit and for mentioning me in your list of favorite hubs! Youu are a wonderful friend and you've got my vote every day of the year!!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on being on my favorites list for the week ending March 18. You know, I still have some of my daughter's drawings as well. She thinks I am crazy in keeping them, but I want to freeze time just like ananceleste.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      I loved it! You know I sill have my kids drawings when they were little.That was my way of freezing time. Maybe because of this and our marathons drawing sessions all of them are very good illustrators.Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad you stopped in for a visit, Goodlady. You are blessed with a little grandchild in your life and I am sure that you will see many future drawings that will lead to great discussions for you both. Thank you for commentng and I appreciate your support.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      What a lovely Hub! Thanks. Watching children create their stories on their page is so beautiful and those drawings that we hang on our refrigerators, OR FRAME, are priceless pieces of art aren't they? Lovely, informative Hub about it. Glad Millionaire Tips found you! Congratulations.

      Next time I'm with my granddaughter who is 2 I'm going to ask what she's drawing. She can speak now.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You have great wisdom, millionaire, we have to observe and ask questions that do not lead to our own perception. Open phrases such as, "tell me about your day/picture" leaves the child to openly express themselves wthout judgement. Thanks for your visit and encouraging comments. Be well and safe.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It is wonderful that you can relate to your grandon in this way. Obervation always prove beneficial in building relationships. Thank you for your visit and vote of support. Be blessed in all you do today.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You should post some of your experiences with students on this technique, Praseto. I would love to read about how you use sketching to teach. Thanks for the visit and your positive support. Have a peaceful day!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is fascinating. I remember asking my daughter about what she drew, and she got so frustrated that I didn't recognize the drawing. I did eventually learn to phrase the questions properly. I agree that we need to recognize "the importance a child places on the drawing process itself" instead of simply trying to use our own ideas about what pictures should look like.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I love looking at my Grandson's drawings, they tell a story, a story of how they think. GREAT HUB my new friend, be BLESSED! I Voted-Up!!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love drawing. Even I give my spare time in teaching to introduce to my student about how to make a simple sketch. I believe that they'll fun with their crayon. Even for simple drawing. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job and rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Victoria, I am thankful for your comments on the presentation of information. I am learning as I continue to write hubs and I appreciate the support of fellow hubbers such as yourself. If a parent does nothing else but provide a home space and tools to draw, a child will learn to creatively express themselves. It also is a boost in reading comprehension as they learn to picture images when they draw. Stay safe.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What great therapy for children. You presented this information so well, too. Great hub. Every vote except funny!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You so encouraging, Kerylnb, and I appreciate your visit and kind comments. Your suggestion to provide art materials with easy access to children is one parents should have in the home. This allows them to express themselves freely without fear of being judged. Later, parents can view the pictures and discuss the viewpoint with the child to discover the meanings. Sometimes, it's just a picture, but you will know as you continue to observe and chat what it reveals.

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      You really know a lot about these things and I can't thank you enough for sharing what you know well. Bottomline, I think,parents should always try to encourage the artistic expressions of their kids say by making papers, colored pencils, and water colors easily available. Have to vote your hub up and useful as they always are :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Absolute truth, Ripplemaker, drawing is therapeutic. I believe that, even as adults, just doodling will bring a bit of stress relief to our day. (Don't do this too much if you work in an office though... they may think you need some more work!). Thanks for the commenting, your visit and words of encouragement. Blessings!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Drawing can indeed be therapeutic and fun. In our preschool, the kids would drop by our office and ask for blank papers where they would scribble and draw. This is such a beautiful hub. Thumbs up. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It's nice to hear someone else say they like to draw (color too!). It is therapuetic at any age. Thanks for the visit and kind comment. Be well.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      This was a lovely hub and enjoyed it very much. I have worked as a children's supervisor and as a babysitter. I must say that I loved drawing with the children :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sofs, with the younger generations becoming more visual through technology and teachng methods, it makese sense to utilize art methods that encourage expression. I appreciate your comments, visit and blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Peggy, I agree, children have stories to tell and sometimes we overlook the important message they are trying to convey through their art. Thanks for stopping in and the votes of support.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      This is a great hub! Drawings do tell the whole story, and is used widely in therapy. They often speaks of the balance and alignments in the family. I am glad to have found a great teacher who is not just concerned with the academics but is also interested in the development of the whole child. Have a great day. God Bless!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is a fascinating hub about children's drawings. Every child has a story to tell in that manner and natural artistic talents if they are not squelched by the adults in their life. You sound like a great teacher! Useful and interesting votes.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hey DeBorrah! I am appreciative of your kind reflecton of the hub and the positive feedback. Picasso, and you, had a great teachers. We paint from our mind's eye and that is the best form of expression in art. Thanks for the visit.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      teaches1234, Great insight! Lovely informative and interesting hub! You are a marvelous teacher! LUV your thoughtful and encouraging approach: "I tilted my head and said, "Tell me about your picture". I used this phrase because I didn't want to put words in his mouth or misread his drawing. He took a deep breath and he told me his story."

      I was taught in Art Appreciation many years ago the reason why Picasso painted so well was becaue he was able to paint freely from his inner child!

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      So true, vibesites, children freely express what is within themselves without any inhibitions. THanks for the visit!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks billybuc, I am glad to see you stop in for a visit. Your comments mean much to me and I appreciate your encouragement. As you know, teaching is a passion that always surfaces throughout your endeavors.

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      vibesites 5 years ago from United States

      Children are pure at heart and their drawings have truth inside it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great hub this is! Thumbs up all the way my friend. You are dedicated and passionate about your field and I love to see that. Way to go my dear!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      She seems to be right on target for her age and seems eager to learn. You have done a great job in coaching her to be creative. I am glad you found it useful. Thanks for your visit and votes of support.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      That is a good suggestion and one that I will have to post. It will take some time to put together but it will be beneficial to parents and teachers. THanks for the suggestion and supportive votes. Your feedback is always valuable.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      What a great hub with interesting information. I love how you explain the different stages according to age. My 2 yr old and I color together everyday and we do art projects. It's so much fun watching her progression. She just recently started drawing shapes and she's so proud. She's drawing circles, squares and triangles, and it's so much fun to sit and talk to her about it and listen to her thoughts on her drawings. Anyway, thanks for sharing your expertise. Voted up and useful.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It sounds like you need to write a hub for each of the stages of drawing. I would definitely be interested in those. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Debbie, I have artwork on my frig from over 7 years! I can't seem to decide when it is time to put them away; they are all so endearing. Thanks for the visit and support.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Yeap that's what my frig. looks like.. to me that's the best art work EVER!!!

      Love your hub

      voted up

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I remember once a friend I have, who is a therapist, remarked that my writing indicated I was stressed. She was right. It was fast scibbling and barely readable. Handwriting and drawing reveal a person's character or emotional state. I don't know if you have already done so but it would be a great hub article on handwriting and what it tells us about a person. Thanks for stopping in and the vote up.