Why scribbling for toddlers?

Published on September 16, 2016


Does scribbling make sense?

Scribbles may not make sense to adults but these lines and loops and sniggles are meaningful to a young child.

Why is scribbling so important for young children?

  • Scribbling and drawing are the first steps in learning to write for a preschooler.
  • They are a child’s creative way of penning his/her thoughts.
  • Children use this very skill in their later stage of writing, from as early as kindergarten or nursery or much later in life when they need a penchant for writing.
  • It’s a good way to release their emotions.
  • Scribbling allows pre-schoolers to write to feel independent, as they are usually told what ‘not to do’ and this activity sets them free to follow their whims and fancies fully.
  • Experiences in early childhood are ways of approaching life. And all that which is learnt through creativity gives positive brain reinforcement.

Encourage scribbling and drawing

  • Set out lots of paper, pencils, crayons, and markers so children can draw or scribble whenever they want.
  • Give away plane sheets which allow them free style drawing. Let them put their own thoughts into the scribbles.
  • Encourage making miss you, love you cards for friends and family so the kid gets to leave his impression with those vague scribbles.
  • Ask the child to explain what is written when he comes to show you his drawing.
  • Make drawing and scribbling important by clipping it to the walls.
  • Do not give negative comments as this may discourage your toddler from showing his/her drawing again.

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