Do you think crayon and coloring skills are all that important to a preschooler?

United States
June 29, 2007 7:06pm CST
My little girl loves scribbling with her crayons. Fortunately for me, she confines most of her "artwork" to paper or coloring books. But, I've noticed that her crayon skills might not be up to par with other kids her age. I hate to admit this, but sometimes I worry that she's behind on her coloring skills. She's just three years old now. For some reason we didn't get her crayons until this past year. Personally, I thought that was just normal, since we didn't have crayons in our house growing up till we were about five years old anyway. I guess some families do things differently. Now, she's way behind the other kids in her ability to color objects on paper. Is there a normal rate at which little kids are supposed to pick up their coloring books skill? How important are coloring skills to future learning?
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@Darkwing (21588)
30 Jun 07
I think they're all different, Beauty, as with anything else. She may be more forward in other things than certain kids the same age. Be patient... it will come in time. Just let her keep practicing and she'll get there. My granddaughters were a little slow in getting their colouring skills right, but now, they're brilliant at both colouring and drawing. Brightest Blessings.
• United States
1 Jul 07
Yes, thankyou for your advice. I guess I'm a driven mom, and expect much from someone so little. I will reign myself in and just let her be a little kid for awhile. Time will come when she can't wait to grow up. I know she is capable of so much. I am worried that I will rush her and she will lose interest in learning. Today we sat on the floor and painted on old newspaper. Funny how simple things can be so amazingly fun. Be well my friend, and thanks for dropping by!
@Darkwing (21588)
2 Jul 07
Yes, they grow up all too quickly these days, I'm afraid. But, they'll still love to stick with their Mum, because to my mind, you're doing a great job and a very caring person. Brightest Blessings my friend, and thank you for best response. That was a surprise! lol.
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• United States
2 Jul 07
Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I have been worrying that perhaps she will not want to hang around me as she grows up. But, that is silly talk. She's my daughter. Who else will teach her how to shop and put on make-up and how to manage her money or get a good job? I will, of course! Moms do so much and yet we are credited for so little. Thanks for your insight. Much appreciated.
@laltu86 (1253)
• India
30 Jun 07
Wow your girl at least knows where to scribble , but my cousin is far better painter at his 2.5 years of age and his creaton cannot be confiened to papers we have his master pieces in the walls , floors , mirrors, you name we have it :) though we are trying to give him the idea where to draw and where not to , still we dont like the idea of taking the crayon or pensil from his hand , after all he is doing is generating his creativity .