It does not become of a child to not scribble. Scribbling is a form of art, an expression of one’s mind on any surface. Vertical, horizontal, on different materials and even on the skin. How do you suppose the art of tattooing and applying Mehendi on hands came forth? Scribbling is the basic foundation that sets the layout to communicating effectively in life.

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Different types of Scribbles

Scribbling is a manipulative skill that associates the ability to use one’s hands and fingers with deftness. Developing this skill is pivotal to effectively grasp the hand-eye coordination, which is a mandate for developing their visual conception and much necessary for children to be able to read sentences and instructions from left to right.

Random Scribbling (ages 2-3)

Random scribbles are universally recognized as a child’s first mark. Regardless of culture and class, all children essentially go through this preliminary stage of drawing. Through random exploration and experiment using different writing tools, this stage of scribbling not only pleases the children but also excites them as they discover its various possibilities. The duration of this stage can only be analysed through the encouragement of teachers and parents, muscular development, coordination, intelligence, and from the quantity and frequency of opportunities to randomly scribble.

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Controlled Scribbling (ages 2-4)
Controlled Scribbling

The second stage of development is identified by the structuring of geometric shapes such as circles, ovals, squares, triangles that cross-over into the child’s art. As children gain muscle control, they begin making attempts to organize their environment. There could be wavy lines and rippling lines that may be interspersed with a variety of circular patterns. This set of controlled scribbling indicates the development in the scribbling level of the child.

Named Scribbling (aged 3-5)

At a stage when a kid begins to identify objects drawn through a name, it is clear that they have moved onto the third phase of their artistic advancement. Although these drawn patterns and objects might still be indistinguishable to adults, it is the act of calling out and being able to re-identify the drawn patterns that signify their development. Children find it rather easy to identify their art distinctly and with clarity too. You could just as easily confirm with them about the identification.

Eventually, we can notice suns, sun-rays, houses and other shapes from their surroundings appear in the scribbled art, as they prepare for their next phase. By supplying them with a wide variety of experiences, you can help sharpen their developmental phase. However, it is pivotal to note that if these kids are still scribbling, they are not essentially slow learners, or affected by any form of learning disabilities. Worry not. It only means they are not ready to move on. Support them with more platforms to express themselves and find them bloom like a flower.

Named Scribbling
The Symbolic Stage or The Pictographic Stage (aged 5-7)
Symbolic Stage

The final phase when a child begins to characterize their abstract concepts, it is indicative that they have moved onto the Symbolic or the Pictographic Stage. Understanding that thoughts, can be represented through symbols, they now begin to draw what they think, rather than what things really seem to be. They notice that they could enlarge, distort, or even entirely change objects, based on how vital the object may seem to them.

Instead of simple round faces and stick figures, you will realize that the child has begun to draw people with expressive arms, legs and other distinct facial features. Baselines also begin to appear in their drawings, indicating the detailing level of their expression. Colours will also be used as a form of expression, instead of realistic representations.

Why Does Your Child Scribble?

Parents should understand the main fact that scribbling is only a mode of communication. Toddlers are known to scribble on walls and floors, as they tend to find the colours fascinating and only attempt to put their thoughts on the surface they find comfortable. The vibrancy in the colours, the various patterns and designs look lively to their eyes. What might seem only mere scribbles to our adult eyes, are in fact modes of communication and actual thoughts in the minds of a child.

Have you as parents, looked closely at the scribbles of your toddlers? You needn’t have to be a handwriting analyst or a communication specialist to understand the meaning behind the scribbled patterns. If you do wish to understand their artistic works, simply ask your child what it means and you will find out. Don’t fret that your walls or floors have been ruined. Walls can be repainted and floors can be cleaned up too. But neither can this moment be regained, nor can the foundations be built at a later stage. So accept the fact that

“Scribbling is part and parcel of life and a natural process of growth.”

Teachers and parents must realize now that each individual child progresses artistically at a different rate just like any other developmental stage. In an attempt to push your child forward, don’t dismiss a child’s scribbles – it’s a pivotal part of their learning.

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