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Drawing Development: What Your Child’s Drawings Say About Their Growth

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At my son’s fourth year check-up, the pediatrician asked me if he was drawing people with three parts. I stared at him and said, “Yes.”

To be honest, it was a bit of a stretch. He had only drawn one “person” at that point and had yet to recreate it for us – secretly, I was wondering if the teacher had accidentally put Harry’s name on another child’s artwork. All the artwork I had ever seen at home with my son was scribbles, whether on his chalkboard, the sidewalk, or paper.

But thankfully, Harry started coming home with more and more “several-part” drawings. Faces and smiles and a little more detail and the stories behind his drawings.

I found this really cool chart from LearningDesign.com about the progression of a child’s art. The chart describes this 3-4 year old stagee:

The first representational attempt is a person, usually with circle for head and two vertical lines for legs.

Yep, three part person! The pediatrician use drawing development as a guide for how the child’s thinking process is forming (Early Childhood News), along with fine motor skills (National Library of Medicine). Pretty cool, right?

For more adorable preschool art, check out this post by Diana. It’s the pick-me-up you need today!

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Beth Anne writes words and takes pictures at Okay, BA! You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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