We recently launched a new app with a slightly different demographic this time: Drawn In is designed to teach kids how to draw. It starts off with a word, like “hot” or “cold” and then brings them to a blank screen where they can draw whatever comes to mind when they think “hot” or “cold.” When they finish, the app shows them the images they had in mind for the item to compare. The app just launched and it’s already a hit with the kids. So, today, I thought I would talk about a few ways that teaching kids to draw benefits them in other areas of their life.
Builds Their Imagination
Kids are a wellspring of zany creativity, and it’s something that, unfortunately, too many of them lose as they get older. It’s important to encourage them to use their imagination as often as possible when they’re young and to keep doing so. Teaching them how to draw is one of the easiest ways to do that. You’re putting a pen (or a stylus) in their hand and letting them express exactly what their imagination provides. It doesn’t have to be just like life. They could draw the sun blue or the ocean purple. The important thing is to let them be creative and to take pride in their creativity.
Strengthens Hand-Eye Coordination
People talk all the time about how sports and video games improve hand eye coordination. They talk less about how drawing can do the same. But drawing is dependent on the hand and the eye being in sync. You’re trying to put the image you have in your mind on paper. It can be very creatively done, but it’s also meticulous, making sure that you put the right lines in the right places and that the circle is round enough. As your child’s hand-eye coordination improves, their reflexes will also improve. They’ll be able better play sports, read, and write.
Improves Comprehension by Visual Thinking
This is something that psychologists often do. They hold up an image and say “what does this make you think of?” It’s also similar to word association games. I say “hot” and you think “sun” and so on and so forth. Only with Drawn In, instead of saying sun, a child will draw a sun…or maybe not. Maybe your child associates “hot” with a toaster or a beach. This game will help them to picture words visually as well as audibly, and that will strengthen their understanding and sense of expression. It might also make them more aware of the world around them, and a more aware child is a more thoughtful, understanding child.
Learning any new skill requires practice, and it can be slow going, at first. But, as with anything else, the more you chip away at it, the more you’ll see improvement. It’s easy for your child to see their improvement with Drawn In, because every time they finish drawing, the app shows them what the image should look like to compare the two. As they start to improve, with your positive reinforcement, their confidence will build. Whether they choose to continue drawing as an adult is up to them, but they’ll start to make their way towards adulthood with a stronger sense of their own skills and abilities.
With so many benefits to your child’s education and creativity, it’s almost hard to believe that Drawn In is available in your Google app store for free. Download it today and let your child try their hand at it. Who knows? You may be raising a budding artist just waiting for the opportunity to learn.