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My 2 year old can draw

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
My DD has started drawing, and it is really good for her age(25 months). She is drawing circles with eyes, mouths, arms and legs. I don't know what the average is for drawing, but to me what she is drawing seems rather advanced. Any insight? Today she drew a cat with triangles for ears, a circle for a head, eyes and a mouth.
post #2 of 26
Sounds ahead to me!

My 4 1/2 year old just started drawing circles with eyes and is working on adding the mouth.
post #3 of 26
That is very cool! My 2.5 year old likes to pretend to make "ABC's", but the only one he really does is "o". It sounds like art supplies might be a good gift idea for the holidays.
post #4 of 26
My two year old is an "advanced artist" for her age too. Here's some examples of her work. One thing my dd has LOVED has been the "Poster Paints" paint blob sticks (or whatever you call them!)
She also loves markers.

In addition to these details faces (in link), she is also writing A's, H's and working on D and she makes sunshines and clouds that are artistic and expressive.

Enjoy it! Don't make a huge deal out of it, and provide a small table dedicated to art.
post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
Enudely-those are very similar to what my DD is drawing. Those poster paints are awesome, I may have to get some of those.

It's really not a big deal to me, I was just a little shocked. I really shouldn't be surprised, my artist skills aren't that bad. Plus my mom's father and my uncle are great artists.

I really do think art supplies are a great gift, I just went to the dollar store and bought markers, construction paper, scribble pads, kids scissors, paintbrushes, glue and glitter. I would like to get her an easel also. I just gave her a backpack and now the markers and scribble pads have been hanging out in there for easy access.

It just seemed early for a child to draw things that are obviously what they are supposed to be with such skill. Of course I am one proud mama.
post #6 of 26
I think it's earlier than average. My dd started drawing people right after she turned three. They were, and still are faces with all the normal stuff including hair and ears and then just arms and legs with no body
post #7 of 26
i worked in daycare for several years. by the time kids were drawing like that, we were ready to move them to the three year old room. to move to the three year old room, they had to be potty trained and close to turning or already three. from my experience, that's a bit advanced.
post #8 of 26
DD is 29 mo and still mostly does whole arm arcs with her crayon, and occasionally a round shape. But nothing like that! I'd be amazed if she drew a face!
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by jennert View Post
i worked in daycare for several years. by the time kids were drawing like that, we were ready to move them to the three year old room. to move to the three year old room, they had to be potty trained and close to turning or already three. from my experience, that's a bit advanced.
She is potty trained and has been for quite a few months. My SIL works in the local preschool and was pretty amazed about this too. So it sounds like she's a bit ahead...I'm not surprised she's been a bit of a go-getter since birth.
post #10 of 26
Wow - how cool!! DS is pretty good at circles and triangles and mixing colors together. One of my girlfriends bought him a Crayola bath crayon set for his birthday and he LOVES it. You can buy additional crayons that come in pastel colors - great for drawing Easter eggs on the side of the tub and certainly makes bathtime much more fun!!
post #11 of 26
When I was 27 months old, I was drawing people with eyes (complete with pupils!), noses, mouths, ears, hair and bodies (legs and arms too, of course). Sometimes clothes and lots of times hats (my mom kept lots of my stuff). And I turned out LOVING to draw, draw and draw some more. Today I'm an artist. And drawing people is my favorite thing to draw. Yay!

I'd say your girl is very gifted. Provide her with as much art stuff as she so desires! My mom made sure that I was never without all the necessary art stuff.

My daughter, on the other hand, is 4.5 and STILL I have yet to see any bodies on her people - they usually just consist of a face with arms and legs sprouting from the head. Oh well.

(My 2.5 year old still scribbles a bunch of lines and calls them bugs or dogs or firetrucks, though they all look exactly the same). LOL!

Sweet kids.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by pookie50104 View Post
DS is pretty good at circles and triangles and mixing colors together.
Speaking of mixing colors, we have those blue disc things in our toilets that "make" blue water when you flush them. Today DS1 (2.5) told me he had to pee in the front bathroom because there was no more blue left in the back bathroom and he wanted to "make green!"

Hilarious!
post #13 of 26
DD is 22mo and makes loops, circles, and lines -- no people yet! But she'll make a random shape and say it's a whale... or a cat, or a car. But usually a whale lol...

Today she did something interesting, she did a circley shape, then dashed it full of vertical lines, pointed to it and said "mommy!' I guess I have a lot of hair? lol...

Anyway, I'm also curious about standard artistic development. I remember seeing a book many years ago that had great detail about the order of skills developing and how it related to the development of both their awareness of the world as well as their motor control, and had TONS of examples of art at different age levels. I can't for the life of me remember what the book was called but it was fascinating and I'd love to find it again.
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sancta View Post
When I was 27 months old, I was drawing people with eyes (complete with pupils!), noses, mouths, ears, hair and bodies (legs and arms too, of course). Sometimes clothes and lots of times hats (my mom kept lots of my stuff). And I turned out LOVING to draw, draw and draw some more. Today I'm an artist. And drawing people is my favorite thing to draw. Yay!
This is so interesting! I too was an early representational drawer, and became an artist. Of course... I think all kids are artists. I'd caution parents against being overly concerned about "recognizing" or "labeling" things in their kids drawings until much later. It doesn't really matter WHAT a child is drawing this young... what's important is the how. Giving them room to move & express themselves, and plenty of different media to try - paint, pencils, crayons, charcoal, glue, paper, fabric, foam, etc.

I think its so important for parents to recognize visually artistic talent as important as mathematical or verbal or physical or musical talent, and encourage children just as much in that direction, if it seems a kid has a proclivity towards visual art. I think too often it gets dismissed as a passtime or hobby, not taken seriously.

Anyhow, here's an interesting link I found off of google search

http://www.learningdesign.com/Portfo...#anchor2501390
post #15 of 26
My dd was drawing faces around 21 months(complete with ears, hair, and mustaches/beards as needed ), and soon started adding legs and arms. She also herself holding a teddy bear (round muzzle and ears) and a cat (triangular ears and whiskers). I was wondering if this was a bit ahead. There are a bunch of artists in the family though
post #16 of 26
Sounds like you guys have some advanced artists there. I've been a preschool teacher for years and I've seen most children only begin drawing like that between ages 3 and 4.
post #17 of 26
I thought it was normalish too.

dd1 was about 2ish when she started drawing things that looked like things.

by the time she was 2 1/2 she was drawing quite well- cshe drew a "mama" complete with hair, eyes, smiles, nose, body, and a baby in her belly (i was pregnant) and a "kid" in a rocket ship......

nak
post #18 of 26
I have worked with many an art therapist (and am/was a creative arts therapist, although different modality) and I can agree that those of you who have 2 year-olds with the mentioned abilities are definitely above the curve. I do have a book that describes in detail the developmental curve of visual art abilities, but unfortunately it is in storage in another country at the moment:

I am pretty sure the following link gives examples from the book I am thinking of. HTH's someone!
http://www.users.totalise.co.uk/~kbr...s/children.htm

Tracy
post #19 of 26
I drew early, took a few art classes in school and pretty much stopped there-- I'm not much of an artist but had fun. When I do anything like that nowadays it's needle-crafting of some sort. Anyway, I have a book that you might like called "The Arts And Crafts Busy Book for Toddlers" which has all kinds of fun stuff.
post #20 of 26
This post is so timely. My 2 (almost 2-1/2) drew this a few weeks ago on a post-it note:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/edgar/2968778740/

I think it's so shocking to me b/c DS only started representational drawing after 4. He is SO not into art.

At any rate, DD loves laying on the ground and drawing for a good length of time, so I'll take it! It'll be interesting to see whether it develops into a longer term interest or not....
-e
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