Learning to Write and Draw

For very young children, art and early writing skills are the same. Usually children are able to grasp a crayon or pencil and move it around on paper when they're 6 - 7 months old. Writing helps them improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and fine tune finger muscles. Early writing also helps children learn cause and effect, develop self-confidence, and can boost future reading skills.

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Parents can offer their children a variety of art and writing materials, and if gently guided, will see forward progress over time as their marks will become more controlled and complex.

How can you encourage your child’s writing and drawing?

  • Make art a regular part of playtime. Make it a fun routine you share.
  • Don’t try to tell her what to write or draw at first. Let your child experiment and explore.
  • Praise the process, not just the product. Don’t judge their early scrawls.
  • Verbally encourage your child’s attempts to write.
  • Display your child’s art and writing to show her you are proud of her work.