Coloring for the smallest need to choose the most simple. For the first studies, colors with partially colored illustrations are optimally suited, where the child is invited to shade by analogy only individual figures.
Such “tips” will help your child to quickly navigate and better perform the task. Coloring with color contours work on the same principle.
Coloring in which it is allowed to draw with fingers is also suitable for children under the age of 3 years. Pay attention to the following points:
- The image should be with a minimum of detail, outline – clear, lines – very bold.
- Make sure that the images in the picture are easily recognizable. To begin with, let it be well-known objects or animals, crumbs: a flower, a ball, a dog. With story scenes and fantastic characters while worth the wait.
- It is better if there is only one object in the picture, and for its coloring no more than three colors are needed.
- Coloring should be simple also so that the child is not tired and could paint it. Make sure that the baby does not throw an unfinished drawing, in a hurry to start the next one. This will allow from a very early age to teach the child to bring the begun to the end.
The very first thing a kid needs to learn is to hold the pencil correctly. This skill is very useful to him, especially in school. After all, if at the initial stage a wrong grip is formed in the child, the hand will quickly tire and the brain will be very difficult to concentrate on the task.
So gently stop the kid trying to hatch the drawing with a pencil, clamped in a fist. And to train the right grip is best with the help of thick triangular pencils.
They are very convenient to keep your fingers exactly as it should. From the same considerations, felt-tip pens should be given to children as late as possible, because they are not triangular.
In addition, markers do not allow the child to feel the force of pressure, and for the novice “artist” this skill is also very important.
To make it convenient for your child during classes, you have to correctly organize his “workplace” and teach him how to sit at the table. The desire of the child to master new drawing skills will also depend on the degree of comfort you have created.
- You only need to paint and paint at the table, and please make sure that the chair and table are the right height.
- Keep an eye out for the child to keep the backrest straight. At the first stage it may seem tiresome to you, but when a good habit is formed, you will be calm for his spine.
- During coloring, children usually squeeze a pencil. So that the hand does not get tired, take breaks and a little warm-up (squeeze – release your fingers, twist your palms).
Coloring in kids and adults is a completely different approach, and this must be taken into account. Due to the acquired tendency to strive for perfection in everything, we certainly want the baby to immediately catch the essence and not to step over the contour. However, in order not to discourage the kid to continue training, you should not expect perfect results from him immediately.
You can acquaint a child with simple colorings from 1.5–2 years old. The main thing is to remember that at this age the kids perceive the picture as a whole and do not pay attention to small details.
Be mentally prepared for the fact that at this age a novice artist will start to draw with a pencil (crayons, felt-tip pen, brush) over the picture, stubbornly ignoring the contours. Do not interfere with him, do not criticize and do not chastise, just have patience.
The situation will continue until about 3 years.
When the baby gets a little comfortable, teach him a few lessons. To begin, explain that you should not go beyond the contours, then show how this is done.
At first, drive your baby’s hand. If he does not want to color the pictures, but he likes to watch you do it, show him your skills as often as possible.
It will take a little time, and the inspired little viewer himself will reach for the box with pencils.
By the age of 4 and the ability to color, and the perseverance of the baby are improved, and he begins to paint the pictures completely. But it’s still hard not to go beyond the contours of the drawing.
At the age of 5–6, details are usually drawn neatly. Of course, this gradation is conditional, it can serve only as an approximate guideline.
From about 4 years old, you can offer your child coloring more difficult. It can be images with rather fine details and even simple tasks: to finish drawing a picture on points or to add a picture with stickers. Such an additional “load” will benefit fine motor skills.
For older children, suitable coloring development. For example, those where you need to finish the specified number of objects.
Coloring for training memory and logical thinking can also be tried: a highly artistic approach in this area gives good results. If the task is to teach the child alphabet or numbers, pick up educational coloring.
Painting the outline, the baby will surely remember them better.
In the area of 6 years, many children like to “work” already with complex compositions. It’s time to offer your child multi-subject images, landscapes, fairy tales. And at this age, preschoolers are crazy about thematic colorings based on the popular animated series.
By the way, you can play on this interest if you want to arouse in your child the extinct interest in drawing. At an advanced level, you can try “secret coloring”: to understand what is shown in the picture, you need to paint it to the end.
This type includes pixel coloring, coloring by numbers or color code.
After 7 years, it makes sense to acquaint the child with the so-called “informative” colorings on geography, history, architecture and more. In them, the drawings are usually accompanied by brief and informative comments.
The main charm of “informative” colorings is that they make it possible to color “what is in reality”. Children of this age like “realism” fascinates for real, as well as the smallest detail of the plot.
Of course, the stronger the child’s interest in the subject, the greater the benefit.