Is this normal for his age? At what age did your kids start to be able to draw things that were recognizable to other people?
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Oh and I have my pictures and my brother's from those ages, b/c my mom died and I took everything home with me, and I know that I was drawing fingers, at least, at around 3 or 4.
I work in/attend with my kids a co-op preschool, so I've seen a lot of 2 1/2- to 5 1/2-year-olds. At the time when mine was 3 1/2 and wasn't drawing representationally, I was really worried about him, but his teacher kept reassuring me that it was fine and he was otherwise normal and would get there sooner or later, and he did! Anyway, my experience with the 20 or so kids of this age I've worked with recently is that most of them can draw faces and stick figures at least at 3 1/2 (and some, like yours, can do even better), with a few exceptions such as my kid, who turned out to be artistically normal anyway. On the other hand, it's possible this co-op I've been working with is attracting above-average kids. Not really sure.
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Youngest Dd is going to be 4 in Jan and just started to make things recognizable sometimes. Like the other day she drew me a person, big circle, eyes, mouth, hair, and the arms and legs sticking out from the circle.
So it sounds like your Ds in on one end of the spectrum of normal and my Dd is near the other end
Henri still scribbles, no real shapes yet, but he also knows some of his colors. He turned 2 at the end of July. He pretends to write his name, which is really cute. He'll say Hennnnnnnnnrrrrrrriiiii you know, really slowly, and draw a line. (then yells at me to write his name for him, along with other things) I was amazed, however, when we were coloring in his Sesame Street book and I asked him what color Big Bird is, and he told me "Yellow", then proceeded to take out a yellow crayon from the box and start coloring in Big Bird. I didn't expect that out of a 2 year old, especially not one that just turned two!
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But if a scribble accidentally looks like something, she'll say what she sees - "a rocket ship!" - and I'll be able to see it too. But she can't purposefully draw a rocket ship yet.
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I think the range is pretty wide. I have a friend who at age 2 was drawing little green circles and drawing the letter "P" beside them (b/c they were peas!), and a brother who didn't start drawing people/things that were recognizable til he was 5. Both normal
scribbling craziness is just easier and more fun yk.
Dd started drawing with intention a few weeks ago and now draws stick people rather well (with eyes, nose, mouth, and hair), and other things she spots in the room. For example, yesterday she drew her daddy's tie, a shirt, and a loaf of bread complete with slices. All were a pretty good representation of the actual item.
I believe she is uber talented because well, I am her mama for one and aren't all our own children geniuses?? lol
Secondly, I *loved* to draw as a child and believe I have artistic talent (raw, undeveloped mostly) -- I love to paint, draw, sculpt, take pictures, write songs etc --- so it stands to reason she may have inhereted some of that (dh is a musician as well).
"Normal" is so varying though. I don't think you have anything to worry about mama -- your dc sounds totally within or even exceeding what is considered "on target" for this age group.
dd is a little artist too..runs in the family. She could imitate a smily face, that I drew, when she was 18 months- it was shakey but definately recognisable. I was always drawing smiley faces for her to look at.
Shes been 'drawing' since she could grasp a crayon/pencil/paintbrush.
I think that started around 8 months. There was no direction though, it was just marks on paper, the table, herself...at that point.
By the time she was 2 she was pretty darn detailed about faces. Then the heads got arms and legs. By the time she was 3 there were bodies attatched to the heads,as well as appendages and digits, and even genitals
At 6, I would not call her a gifted artist, but she has had lots of practise, so her pictures are pretty nice. It is something she enjoys and is encouraged to do.
On the other hand, I know so many children who even at 6, cannot draw a simple body, or some other shape. Thier talents lie elsewhere
It was right out of the blue too it seemed. One day scribbles, the next day eye lids!
For ds, it was 5 1/2, which I KNOW was late.
It all depends on the kid.
3 1/2 is about right, if I remember correctly, for the basic shapes of people. But, it's early for the kind detail you're posting (fingers, hair, expression). A lot of kids at this age are doing 'tadpole' people - head with legs and arms coming directly off the side.
My drawings are probably like that of a normal 6 yr old, and I wouldn't have believed it until I saw it, but DH's drawings are even worse than mine. So, our kids don't have much of a chance to be great artists. . . . they are good singers, though!
It also depends on how much time they spend doing art. A kid who draws and colours a lot would tend to be better than another kid who rarely does.
Sounds like you have a little artist on your hands.
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