Drawing is child’s way of expressing when words fail

In my routine professional work on a regular basis engage with the Anganwadi teachers who deal with the preschool-ers and get an opportunity to observe them closely. Not all children can communicate vocally. The tiny tots at time can verbalize, sometimes just gaze at what they intend to say which we may not be able to interpret to the full extent. Generally, children are curious and they figure out how things operate and how to connect and control them-selves and their environment The cognitive aspects and the thought of expressing themselves through drawings in the form of scribbling’s and symbols are very eye catching and when asked them that what do they represent they say mother, father, brother, sister house. etc.

The deep inner feelings and expressions are so intense that what cannot be expressed in words are freely expressed through their drawings and drawing is a natural way to express oneself. As we grow older and as an adult we may lose the sense of freedom of expressing when drawing as we tend to become self-conscious. Encouraging children in the action of free drawing helps them to work with intrinsic motivation. It teaches them to express themselves freely, without worrying about what others think.

Free drawing on floor, running black board, papers, charts etc. gives freedom to manipulate their organic and unstructured thoughts and form the connections needed. As per the curricular planning the Anganwadi teachers started giving opportunities and encouraging children to express themselves through free drawing, which along with freedom of expression of thoughts also improve the children’s fine motor skills, and not to men-tion the joy children experience to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life, but also for learning. The Anganwadi teachers cautiously need to provide choices for drawing, support the child and not to lead them as they become much less fun when they are dictated by someone else. Keep it open-ended and focus on the process, not the end product.

The above drawings are the 3+ year’s children’s expressions captured during the course of our Anganwadi center level engagement.

Ramadevi wrote this article for Bayalu


shubhlola's picture

Drawing provides much needed release of feelings for the children. My senior shared that once a Kindergarten child drew some images and then finally scribbled over them using a black crayon. When she asked him to share what he had drawn and why he use black color over the images, he explained that is how his house looked after a fire.
No one would have understood what that drawing was all about, at one glance! What he drew was his way of seeing his house after the fire.
We adults might have dismissed his work as a mere scribbling.
Understanding why they have drawn is perhaps of equal or more importance than the drawing itself.

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