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i'm not worried about this at all...or at least i wasn't. my ds is 3 1/2 and he doesn't attempt to draw pictures or color inside the lines, etc. ever.<br><br>
every single time - he scribbles only. a friend of mine made a mild comment that insinuated i should care. i've never really thought about it before honestly, .....but you know know how those little comments from people can linger in your mind. my son knows his colors, he can count to about 15, he can sing his ABC's, etc. i think he's smart and wonderful personally. imo - i honestly think he prefers scribbling. he's a total mess by nature, and he's not a "stay in the lines" kinda kid. anyway - everyone at MDC is always super honest (ha ha to say the least!) so i'm asking your honest opinion. should i be concerned at all??? if so, what should i do??? thanks mamas.
 

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My now 8yo hated to color. His little brother loves to. The 8yo didn't have the greatest fine motor skills and it's only now that he's proud of his artwork and does lovely pieces for his history notebook.<br><br>
I wouldn't be too worried. I might sit down and do a "story picture" with him because those are really fun to copy after you get the hang of the story. And getting his eyesight tested might be in the future, but kids develop at such different paces that I wouldn't worry too much until he's a few years older.
 

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Well I'm no expert, but I wouldn't worry. In fact, my son will be 4 in October and he doesn't color in the lines and has only recently started doing more than scribbling and drawing circles. I've never exposed him to coloring books and the idea that you're "supposed" to color in the lines, so it doesn't surprise me that he hasn't learned. I'm quite proud of his beautiful works of art that are slashes of colors and blobs and drips. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Like your son he counts at least to 15, knows his letters, colors, etc.<br><br>
I would say as long as he's given plenty of opportunities to create art what he does with it shouldn't matter. I would think that sometime in the near future he will decide to draw a picture of a dog or a robot and he will just do it.
 

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Another mama of a 4-year-old non-artist here. The other day for the first time he set out to draw a picture and managed a yellow circle for the sun and a green line for the grass before the "wrecking fireworks" scribble came along and did its work. And he totally doesn't get the concept of coloring books. He does OK with other fine-motor skills so I'm not worried about it.<br><br>
I have provided opportunities to do art that he can take or leave. I do look at awe at the drawings of actual people that I've seen at his friends' houses, but I figure it'll happen when he's ready.
 

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Mine had to attempt when he was in kindergarten - just because that's what the group did at time - but all he could do was pretty primitive scribbles. He never cared much about drawing - but when he was in his late teens, he spent a semester at the community college taking a full load of art classes, because some friends had noted his artistic ability and he was curious. He did really, really <i>well</i>. Three and a half is awfully, <i>awfully</i> young. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Lillian<br></span>
 

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My DS just started very occasionally drawing primitive stick figures that actually represent something specific (as in "this is a picture of me mom" or "this is a bunny rabbit")...he is 5.25 years. He still hates to colour. I used to really worry about it and almost cried the first time he "drew" something...it was a boat on his magnadoodle LOL (looked like a rhombus)...he was almost 5 before he did even that.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about it.<br><br>
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My super duper, brutally honest opinion is that you really ought to be more concerned about enjoying your son's free spirit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Really, he's 3 for pitty's sake. DD9 was 7 before she really felt the need to try and do a neater color inside the lines job...although it was done up in a rainbow like fashion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> SO what?! He's a non-conformist <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.
 

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My DS is 3.5 yo too, and doesn't do much, but scribble and maybe draw a few circles. He doesn't even color, he just scribbles his crayon around too. I am not too worried about it. I think that a lot of it has to do with them being boys. Most kids this age that I know who are really into arts and crafts are girls. I think that typically girls have more patience and the ability to sit still a little bit longer than boys, so that helps. It can be a little bit difficult for me to watch my DS, b/c I am a very artsy crafty person. I figure it's all for fun anyway, it's not like he is going to be some famous artist someday.
 

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My son (6yo) hates coloring and won't do it at all. He does like to draw a little such as drawing a map but coloring is out of the question.
 

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I completely agree. I don't give my kiddos coloring books often but when we have done a few of those kind that you put in a window and the light shines through, I never tell them to color in the lines. I love the wonderful designs that they come up with. My three year old drew an entire page full of circles the other day in a circle pattern...wow! My dd would never have done that at 3 and still at 6.5 doesn't do more than a couple stick figures with large toes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Children are so different....my advice would be to get some block beeswax crayons and encourage coloring with them, you can make beautiful "scribbles" with the crayon on it's side.
 

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thanks mamas. i feel better hearing from you all. i don't know why i let that comment linger in my mind. i've never asked my son to draw in lines or draw me something specific at all. i have always just enjoyed him having fun and scribbling away. i guess i just needed to hear from you wise mamas that what my friend said isn't cause for concern. she's wrong. you're right<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
thanks again!!
 
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