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How can I encourage my child to draw?

Any attempts made at drawing need to be encouraged. These fine motor skills your child is learning by drawing or scribbling teach them a lot at one time. They learn coordination by holding their drawing implement. Their ability to interpret what they see around them is increased by drawing. Their creativity is put to use and they feel rewarded by their drawing creations.

To help your child along with hassle-free drawing and painting, you should provide large pieces of paper taped down to a table, easel, or board. Give your child large, thick crayons, big drawing pens in a few colours, or chalk.

If they get bored with using drawing implements, try giving them finger paint instead. Being able to smear paint into shapes and lines will also help develop your child's fine motor skills and give them more creative freedom than drawing with tools.

Drawing and painting may sometimes be too daunting for a child. You can try making pictures by using coloured hand foot prints. These pictures can be made more interesting for the child by letting them collect small items to glue onto the page. Any kind of creative drawing or painting exercise will help your child develop skills. Remember to use only edible or non-toxic drawing products for them to experiment with.

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