The Journey from Scribbles to the Written Word

The importance of drawing in your child's development.


Look into the kitchen of any house with kids and you're bound to see a refrigerator covered in papers teeming with the colorful scribbles and squiggles of the household's littlest Picasso. Indeed, few parents will contest the look of joy that comes over a child's face when he is offered a crayon and a blank piece of paper. What you may not realize is that scribbling and drawing are not only fun for your kids, but they're the result of a number of cognitive and motor milestones coming together. What's more, by understanding what scribbling and drawing reveal, you can help your child along the path toward reading, writing, and artistic creativity.

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