This post first appeared as a guest post on A Mother’s Ramblings as part of Erica’s Guest Post Week. It appears again here because I really like it and because I have had a very busy week and haven’t had much blogging time!
My smallest boy had one of those breakthrough moments recently. The kind when you can almost hear children changing up a gear and vrooming off. The kind that makes your heart swell with pride and makes you want to shout from the rooftops.
Most children go through these moments of course and if I did start shouting on roofs I would probably be taken away and locked up for a while. But it IS miraculous and even though this is the fourth time I have seen it with my own children and the umpteenth time I have seen it as a teacher it is still amazing.
Bonus Boy moved in one leap from drawing his ‘peanut people’ (pictures of various members of the family all with one long peanut body without a separate head and with sticks for arms and legs)
to ‘proper people’ with defined heads and bodies and rectangle arms and legs with fingers and toes.
He is obviously very pleased with this and can see the difference himself because he has spent an enormous amount of time doing it ever since. We now have pupils in the centres of our very startled looking eyes.
It will be a while yet until his inner critic makes its presence felt so he is drawing for the sheer pleasure of it and it is wonderful to see. He has no limits and draws with abandon. ‘I am drawing the family Mummy and we are blue people cos I don’t have any skin pens.’
He branched out into cats,
and smiley blue whales.
He moved onto aliens with extra legs and a complicated picture with rocket ships and moon landings and then got absorbed in drawing the sun in the sky and exotic beach scenes. All in one week!
Most children go through the same developmental stages in their drawing at more or less the same time and more or less in the same order. This shows it more clearly than I can here but I think it’s a wonderful thing to watch and it is well worth keeping a record of it!
Have you noticed the changes and stages in your child’s drawing? Are you keeping a record of it? Don’t forget to date drawings and write on them what the children call them; it’s lovely to look back on!