Children love drawing and they do love getting lost in the little world they create on the paper.
If you have a toddler, you're surely spoiled with a great deal of pictures, and you probably don't really pay close attention to the details in them. Next time, take a glance or two, before you stick them to the fridge. They might tell you a lot about your mini Picasso’s personality and feelings.
The use of colors
The choice of color can reveal a lot about your kiddo's character.
If he often goes for pink, this can signify that he is a little more demanding in terms of attention and needs more of it. If he reaches for green, he opts to be different and is very likely to grow up showing interest in art, space, and technology.
If red is the go-to choice, that shows that he is an emotional child with a lot of energy and likes physical activities. Darker colors, such as black, purple, and brown, suggest that your little one has a dominative nature and likes to compete and always be first.
The position of items
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Phycologists have found that the way kids position items in their drawings can reveal their needs.
When a little one focuses most of his art on the left side of the page, it means that he lacks confidence, tends to be shy, and needs more attention from his mommy in particular.
When the focus is on the right side of the page, that signals that he tends to be hyperactive and needs more time with his father especially.
If he places most of the elements in the middle, that expresses his feeling of balance and security.
The choice of elements
The elements in the drawing can send a message, too.
When you see monsters on the page, and you know it's not because of a new story that you have read before bed, it can mean that your little one feels unappreciated.
Holes usually mean that the child feels isolated and lonely, clouds and rain indicate that he currently experiences anxiety and pressure.
The many windows on buildings suggest that your little one would like to draw attention to something that is happening inside you home. A big sun projects happiness and harmony.
The portrayal of humans
When given the task of drawing humans, a child who feels angry is likely to draw monster-like figures with big teeth, long legs, and thick hands. An insecure one will draw people without hands and with small heads. An anxious one without eyes and a shy one will portray them as short and tiny, with hands tied to their bodies.
How does your toddler draw humans? Ask him why he draws them the way he does? You’re likely to get interesting responses!
Except for a fun pastime, drawing is also a tool for understanding behavior. Of course, do not take every single scribble too seriously - children have imagination, and they use a lot of it when given a pen and paper. It’s often that they don’t really understand what or why they drew.
But do take a better glance or two when they paint tendentiously one and the same pattern and proactively ask them for the ideas behind their art.