Children today are so caught up with using their cell phones constantly and utilizing the internet that they often fail to remember the simple pleasures in life. Due to this new technology our kids no longer have a need for quiet time activities such as drawing or painting. Artistic outlets are great for kids; these outlets allow them to be imaginative, creative and free to express their thoughts, feelings and day to day emotions. Creating drawings can be very motivating for kids; it is also a great way for them to alleviate the stress that sometimes is locked away within them.
My daughter is 13 and loves to draw. She often tells me that creating her drawings makes her feel as though she is creating her own little world. She enjoys using her imagination to create nature scenes with animals; this seems to be her forte. She makes pictures as gifts for her friends for their birthdays or sometimes gives them as gifts to make others feel better. She not only uses her artistic abilities to make herself happy, she shares them with others to brighten their day as well. Drawing seems to be teaching her many lessons such as giving to others, empathy and compassion. It also expands her imagination, teaches her that she has loads of talent and gives her a lot of self confidence, which is very important to kids in her age group.
Drawing can be very therapeutic when feeling stressed or it can be used as a fun pastime. Whatever, the reason, drawing is also an inexpensive way to spend some quality time with your kids. Many times I sit down with my kids and draw a picture with them even if all my animals have the same face or stick body and legs, but at any rate they enjoy me spending time with them and I enjoy it too. It is wonderful for them to be able to share their imaginations with the world.
*The picture above is one that my daughter made.