Drawing is often underestimated as a hobby for children. However did you know that it can be a perfect gateway for you to communicate with your children? It also will allow you to understand what children think. Today, we will learn what you can capture from your children’s drawing! Let’s start from simple way to decode drawing from colors and position.
Gender And Color Preferences
Unsurprisingly, there are some differences between how and what girls and boys draw. Girls usually draw rounded shapes, including flowers, hearts, while angles, boxes, and straighter lines are characteristics of boys, along with cars, buses, etc. In general terms, there is a tendency in children to prefer to draw their own gender.
In addition, some researchers have reported that girls tend to use more colours per drawing than boys do, with a preference for warmer colours (i.e. pink) and that boys demonstrate a preference towards cooler colours (i.e. blue).
The choice of colour apparently can be significant:
- Black and purple suggest dominance, and can be favoured by a child who is relatively demanding. Blue is popular with children who have a caring nature and enjoy company.
- Red is the colour of excitement, may be used especially by children to don’t want to miss out on anything, and is one of the most popular colours for children to use.
- Pink shows a need for love and appreciation and is favoured by girls
- Green is the colour of those who like to be different, like space, and are artistic and intelligent.
- Yellow also demonstrates intelligence and a sunny nature.
Position of the Drawing on the Page
When it comes to positioning on the page, apparently the left side of the page is traditionally associated with the past and with nurturing. It is also associated with mothers.
The right side relates to an interest in the future, and a need to communicate. This side is associated with fathers.
A child who places a drawing of a good size prominently on the page is considered to be well-balanced and secure, while in contrast, small figures drawn at or near the lower edge of the paper, or in a corner, express feelings of inadequacy or insecurity.
What Emotions Do Their Drawings Reveal?
Many emotions can be revealed from your child’s drawings, but don’t get too carried away with the things they might mean until your child has had time to explain them to you. However, there are some points that researchers have found that might display what a child is really feeling.
- Detailed, careful drawings may reveal a child who feels the need to try very hard.
- Bold strokes, especially if close together, can be a sign of stress, strong feelings, determination or anger, while softer marks suggest a gentler nature.
- The quality of line can also be significant – a figure drawn with light, wavering, broken lines, reveals a hesitant, insecure child who appears to think as he goes along. By contrast the bold, continual, freely drawn line is expressive of self-confidence, and a feeling of security.
When drawing figures, the size, and the relative size of the figures drawn is considered to be significant, with more important or dominant figures being drawn larger.
The absence of arms is sometimes interpreted as indicating timidity, a sign of non-aggressive children, whereas exaggerating the size of the hands is seen as symbolic of aggressive tendencies if the figure is a self-portrait. Likewise, tiny feet are seen as a sign of insecurity – literally an unstable foundation.
- Impulsive child: Big figures, no necks, and asymmetry of limbs.
- Anxious child: Clouds, rain, flying birds, no eyes on the figures
- Shy child: Short figures, no nose or mouth, tiny figures and arms close to the body
- Angry child: Big hands and teeth, long arms, crossed eyes
- Insecure child: Monstrous figures, tiny heads, no hands, and slanted figures
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