Cakey used to draw all the time but in the last few months she seems to have lost interest. She went through a similar phase when she was 2 (she is now 3.5). All of a sudden she went from happily drawing to just sitting at her drawing table asking me to draw a 'car', 'boat, 'cat' etc. When I asked her to try drawing a 'car' or any other object she would refuse to try.
We got over this hump when I stopped drawing actual objects and started to draw at her level which at that time was a lot of coloured patches, various scribbles, the occasional circle and lots of lines. It only took a short while before she couldn't resist joining in and she was away again in the drawing department.
To get over our latest drawing roadblock I needed another sort of intervention – and it was handed to me on a plate! Cakey spends her life asking questions, one of these questions was about the dolphin logo on a plumber's van. The conversation went something like this:
- C: Why is that dolphin there?
- Me: It is a logo for a plumber.
- C: What's a logo?
- Me: A logo is a drawing that people use to identify their businesses.
- C: Do I have a logo?
- Me: No.
- C: Why?
- Me: Um well, you don't have a business to advertise.
- C: I want a dolphin logo.
- Me: Oh ok.
- C: How do we make one?
- Me: Well we have to draw lots of different dolphins and then you can pick your favourite one to be your logo.
- C: Can we do that?
- Me: Absolutely.
|Our final re-worked logos|
I don't know whether this activity sounds a bit odd but logos are everywhere and kids ask questions about everything so I figured I might as well explain what logos are. Even more importantly though, it got her drawing again.
If you want to know more about kid's drawing development have a look at this post Children's Drawing Stages – 6 Things to Look For on the Planning with kids blog.