“Staying in the Lines”

Monday’s Parenting Thought

Q: Why do we tell children to “stay in the lines”?

A: Because we want them to:

  • Learn to use their small muscles,
  • Tell the difference between one line and another, and
  • Learn about shapes.

Q: Why do we want children to not “stay in the lines”?

A: Because we want their art to be about how they think and feel.

Children need a lot of freedom when doing art. It’s important to let them:

  • Create both in and out of the lines,
  • Choose what to draw, and
  • Decide how their picture should look.
Inspired by the picture book, MORRIS THE ARTIST.
More about making children and art at The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part 1.

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