Be it as a part of school work or a dear gift, these magical creations tend to erupt a child’s inner hidden creativity. Everyone will admit at least one case of using a drawing book at their early ages. As a kid, everyone loved entertaining work that doesn’t involve any learning activities. Hence some of the schools have drawing books for kids up to 3rd grade or less. Drawing books are indeed a very important diversion for school kids. It escapes the child’s pressure from routine and makes sure the overwhelming syllabus doesn’t sink their creativity at an early level itself.
Types of activities in drawing books for kids
As a kid develops throughage, their art passes through a number of stages. These stages show different artistic growth of a kid. Each stage has a different perception and interpretation of the surrounding observation.
Studies show that children achieve fine motor skills control to handle a crayon at the age of one. They first start to scribble. it is seen that kids scribble with a series of left and right motions, later up, down and then circular motions are added. The child appears to get considerable pleasure from watching the line or the different colourful scribbled patterns appear from their hands. Often however children do not pay attention to the edges of the page and these cute scribbles can be seen everywhere.
While this persists, around the age of 2 controlled scribbling starts. Children tend to produce patterns of simple shapes like circles, crosses and star-bursts.
After the scribbling during age three, the child begins to combine circles and lines to make simple figures. Each kid develops his/her own set of fixed symbols, for example, a cat observed by a kid is drawn with stripes and four legs, round body.
Before this stage, the objects that a kid draws might appear to float in space, but at about five to six years old the child introduces a baseline for their creations. This baseline is often a green line mostly representing grass at the bottom of the paper. The figures are fixed to stand on this line. Slightly older children are also seen to add secondary baselines for background objects and a skyline to hold the sun and clouds.
It is at this stage environments influences become more important. Children not only draw from life but also copy images in their surroundings and livelihood. They draw copies of cartoons and other images which excite them.
Role of drawing books
Drawing books can be deployed to the kids at this stage where the kid shows symptoms of symbolism. Because at this stage they have learnt to understand what each symbol means. Hence to assist the kid’s drawing skills at this time will be very helpful in developing the child’s artistic skills.
Drawing books have a series of step by step illustration of how an image is brought to it fullest. The child is very good at understanding these illustrations and is able to replicate the figures well.
It also has colouring options which enable a kid to understand the basic sciences of an object as to its shape, colour, size etc.
Drawing therapy is a very effective treatment given to special children. it is seen to be an effective way for children to develop and connect with their emotions. It is also seen that children with autism have found that drawing can help them to express feelings that they have difficulty expressing otherwise. Art is shown to help children come to terms with their emotions and find relief from their traumatic experiences.