Observe the child with markers and paper next to an adult with paper and a marker.
The adult models drawing a circle and says, “I’m drawing a round sun. Can you draw something round?” “What else can you draw on your picture?”
The child imitates the adult’s circle. The child copies a circle and makes connected straight lines and loops. The child reports that some of his marks represent real things.
The child’s movements are becoming more precise, and scribbling can be writing or drawing. Encourage parents to provide time and opportunities for children to draw every day. They can use paintbrushes and watercolors, sidewalk chalk, or magic writing boards, as well as crayons and markers.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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