I’m a big believer in teaching kids to use their creativity from an early age. Teaching them to be unafraid of expressing themselves and working that imagination muscle to boot.
Drawing is one of the most fabulous and easily accessible ways to create – at any age. Here are three tips on getting the special little boy or girl in your life excited about drawing.
Let them use the good stuff
And by that I don’t mean expensive stuff. There are plenty of affordable markers, pens, paper, paint and brushes that work extremely well. I say, don’t let inferior tools get in the way of good work. My Ada will typically get much less frustrated with her drawings if she’s using good and juicy markers, so she can focus on her imagery rather than worry about skipping, streaking, weak/weird color, etc.
Also, chances are you’ll much rather want to keep and treasure a beautifully vibrant colored drawing on a nice piece of paper. So get rid of those dried up markers, buy paper that’s a notch up from thin printer paper and let your kid use some decent stuff.
I recommend going for brands like Crayola, Stabilo, Faber-Castell, Staedtler, etc. Pretty much anything that’s a brand will usually work. IKEA also have some nice drawing and painting supplies. Or let your kid use your stuff. It’s scary, I know, (eeek, my Tombows!) but let’s face it: We need to stop hoarding and start using. Kids are great at that.
Take time to create together with your kid. For them, drawing is play. It’s story telling.
Drawing things and people is also a great opportunity to teach them about new things and go deeper on some topics while their hands are busy – so you have their full attention.
It’s a calm and loving activity. And you get to express yourself too with someone who doesn’t judge. Perfect!
Proudly display their works of art
Yes, kids make a ton of things and there’s no way you can display all of it – but make it a point to display your favorite and most recent pieces of art around the house. It’s an absolute joy to look at and your kid will enjoy seeing his or her creations being honored and treasured.
I hope you feel inspired to encourage a kid in your life to get drawing. Even if that kid is yourself. :) Seriously, these tips work just as well for grown-ups.
I’ll be sharing more tips and ideas for crafting with kids in the near future. I make a lot with Ada (even with little Anders) and I always regret not taking pictures of the process and sharing it here. If you have any requests for ideas on crafting with kids, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll see you next week!