At preschool age, your child’s creative expression is increasingly purposeful and nuanced. Here are some of the ways you'll see her skills developing:
- Discover that she can place blocks or make marks on paper in a way that represents an object’s features.
- Draw recognizable shapes, such as circles, ovals, rectangles, triangles, crosses, and combinations of these shapes.
- Begin creating with a specific intention — wanting to draw a man or build a firehouse.
- Acquire a sense of ownership of his creations.
- Attempt to use graphic symbols to represent objects.
- Respond to an accidental slip of the marker or drips from the brush by incorporating them into the story or the drawing: “Then it began to rain — see the drops of purple rain? Then ...”
- Visually represent particular emotions, such as joy, sadness, and anger.