What age should kids start drawing?

What age should kids start drawing?

Most children start their first scribbles when they are between 12 and 18 months. At about 12 months of age, kids can make marks on paper about an inch long. A few months later, they are generally able to make scribbles and lines.

Scribbling is considered the first drawing stage for children. This stage is generally characterized by a lack of realism.

It's important to understand that at this stage children are not really concerned about the outcome of their scribbling or representing the real world (1).

For this reason, it's also important for kids to experiment with scribbling, especially with an adult nearby.

The child is likely to make random and purposeful scribbles and eventually name them.

When the kid starts naming the scribbles, you don't want to judge but rather asking questions such as 'Can you tall me more about this?' (2)

If you want to know more about your child's drawings, make sure you don't miss our main article:


1. McIlroy, T. (2023, October 26). The stages of drawing development in children: 0-6 years - Empowered parents. Empowered Parents

2. Gayo, J. C. (2023, December 9). Drawing Development in Children: The Stages from 0 to 17 Years. Little Big Artists

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