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#1 More than a Mother

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:02 PM

My son is almost 4 and doesn’t show any interest in drawing. All we get are scribbles on a page. I sat down with him last week and asked him to draw Dad, and got a blob. I asked him to draw something else and he got a toy elephant, put it on the table and tried to copy it. I thought that seemed a bit odd.

Yet I have a photo of a chalk drawing he did at 2yo of Bob The Builder that is pretty impressive. It’s like he’s regressed.

We do heaps of craft type things, and he loves cutting, sticking, stencils etc, but doesn’t like to draw. I haven’t forced him in the past, just followed his lead.

Does this sound normal for his age?


#2 SeaPrincess

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:06 PM

DS1 liked to draw at around 2, but around 2.5 we started going to a playgroup craft day and I couldn't get him to join in.  He wouldn't draw or colour.  He caught up once he started kindy.  My mum says I didn't like to draw either.

DD is 3 and draws all the time. I assume it's just a personality thing.

#3 BadCat

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

When my son was 4 he wouldn't even pick up a pencil.  Not for any reason at all.  He's now 11 and perfectly normal, although not really fond of art.

I know several of his friends also didn't draw at the same age so maybe it's fairly common.  shrug.gif

If everything else is fine I wouldn't worry.

#4 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:11 PM

My son's not particularly interested in drawing either. He seems normal in all other regards so it doesn't really bother me.



#5 dae-gu

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

Both my boys have not been too fond of drawing. DS2 (4.5yrs) will draw people now, but not terribly interested, drawing certainly doesn't hold his attention.
I think it is pretty normal.

#6 iwanttosleepin

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:14 PM

DS1 drew people before his 2nd birthday.  Then he regressed a bit but by the time he was 3 he could draw airplanes in detail.  You could actually tell what type of plane it was!!  Now at 7 he is still a prolific drawer.

DS2 is 4 years old.  He's never really drawn anything.  He can write a couple of letters and his kindy teacher did coax a ghosty person drawing out him.  He can colour in a bit. He doesn't even really scribble...he's not into that sort of thing.

#7 More than a Mother

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

I feel reassured, thanks. Everything else is ok and I therefore thought it a little odd. Plus I'm pretty artistic, so assumed he would share my interest too.

#8 melaine

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

My son was drawing faces and people at two and then wasn't interested for a while, and yes, seemed to regress with his ability to draw faces etc (he started childcare at 3 and I have a folder full of scribbles from that first year).

Now he draws all the time (he turned 5 today - and all he wanted was a desk and art stuff).

My 3 year old DS is not interested in drawing - unless you count drawing on walls.

Don't worry about what he's drawing - just give him some opportunities for different creative things such as cutting, pasting, painting, finger painting, playdough, clay etc.

#9 glasnost

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:17 PM

My son is 4 and was quite into drawing for a while however is now much more interested in making things, particularly 3 dimensional things with boxes etc, doing lego etc so my first thoughts are that it is a boy thing.

Does he go to preschool/kindy? Maybe have a chat to his teacher?

#10 ekbaby

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

Interesting, my 4yo son does not like to draw either, although he does now like to draw letters sometimes, and can write his name and some other letters, but still does not draw pictures except for scribble. I mentioned it to the GP at his checkup, and his occasional care centre. They both suggested encouraging him with different activities but in a fun way. At that time he wasn't writing either, now that he is using a pencil to draw letters I am less worried about the pictures.

#11 tothebeach

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

My son scribbles (he is just turned 4).  I figure that he has inherited a lack of art ability from me.

#12 No girls here

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:48 PM

Both of my boys did not like to draw/write/colour in/do craft before they started school.  When they started school their fine motor skills were the one area they were behind in.

#13 HRH Countrymel

Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (ssorrrento @ 07/11/2012, 05:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Plus I'm pretty artistic, so assumed he would share my interest too.


Do you draw together?

Does he see you drawing?

I can understand how you would be feeling a bit disappointed - I know my friend (a very talent artist) is secretly very chuffed that her children have inherited her talent... but they have all been a part of the drawing/painting experience with her since they were tiny babies in a sling as she stood at the easel or snoozing in their pram in the studio.



#14 Jersey Caramel

Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

My 4.5yo DS is not overly interested in drawing either. His drawings (when he is convinced to do one) rarely look like anything. He can write some letters including his name, but again is not really interested in it. I am planning on getting his eyes checked before he starts school (I think I've heard that occasionally a child who cannot see well will not be very interested in close work) but am otherwise not worried.


#15 Ianthe

Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:10 PM

Oscar is nearly four and still scribbles. None of my four boys were interested in drawing at this age.

#16 Unatheowl

Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:12 PM

My ds wasn't interested drawing until recently.  Now he draws star wars things and dinosaurs original.gif. Not people.  Dd, however, was drawing faces at 18 months and loves to draw now.  Different personalities.

#17 caterpillar~girl

Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:23 PM

Drawing Development in Children

No, my four year old boy does not draw.

Edited by caterpillar~girl, 08 November 2012 - 12:42 AM.


#18 libbylu

Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:27 PM

My son only really got interested in drawing just as he was turning 4.  Before that it was mostly scribbles and shapes.  At 4 he started to draw figures or people, trees and other actual things.

#19 yone77

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:28 AM

My DS1 is 4 and likes drawing and craft activities. He can draw people, trees, houses, has started writing his own name and other words.

DS2 has just turned 3 and is the complete opposite, not interested at all. He has more interest in painting but mostly just to make a mess! He would rather be riding his bike...

#20 sophiasmum

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:41 AM

Not DS, but my DD is 4 yrs & her drawings are undeciphable, just scribbles although she does draw line people. I can't wait until she can draw triangles for dresses, arms & legs, crowns on heads etc.

#21 Let_it_Rain

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

My three year old DS mostly scribbled but does draw some things recognisably.

He will draw kites, balloons, faces and cars. He can also do basic shapes.

He draws other things but you need to be watching to understand because he kind of tells a story with his pen. Yesterday he drew a horse, then a dinosaur (both you could see what he was aiming for since he talks he way through it).  The dinosaur chased the horse which resulted in scribble everywhere. Same thing happens if the balloon floats away, he draws it's motion.

Edited by WinterDancesHere, 09 November 2012 - 06:31 PM.


#22 DS1979

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

I think it depends on the kid more than the age.

My son is a great drawer and has always shown an interest in drawing/designing/creating. Now he is almost 6 and his drawing is pretty amazing. My daughter on the other hand is just not overly creative, she will happily scribble for a few minutes but would rather be playing with her dolls. She has just turned 4 but has never shown a huge interest in art and craft - she loves the "idea" of it but will only spend a few minutes painting/beading/whatever which drives me nuts as it takes me more time to set it all up for her than it does for her to actually do the actvity!

I wouldn't worry about it, we all have different strengths. original.gif

#23 Kalota

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

I have 5 and 6 year olds that start their FYOS doing much less than that in terms of drawing! (I'm a Prep teacher original.gif)

#24 blackbird

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:17 PM

My 4 year old DS2 is the same, his 5.5 year old brother however loves it and can draw with great detail, at 4 though he wasn't really doing much more than scribbles just like DS2 is ow

#25 sparkles30

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:17 PM

DD here, almost 4. Lots of scribbles from 3.5- recent and not much else during drawing time at pre-school. Yet she loves to write letters, words and numbers. Once again, probably just a case of different strengths/personalities.




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