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Tips for interpreting children's drawings and knowing how they feel


Drawing, especially in childhood, is very important. Among all its benefits and functions, I am interested in the conceptual one, that is, the graphic representation of a concept, emotion or reality that passes from the child's mind to paper.

Have you ever tried to interpret children's drawings? Have you been wondering what your child would have meant by drawing himself in one way or the other? Indeed, the children's drawings say things about themselves, for example, they can give you clues about how they feel. But to be able to understand those signals, you must learn to interpret them. In Guiainfantil.com We give you some clues so that you know what details you should look at when you see your children's drawings and what questions you should answer based on what they show.

In the case of our children's drawings, we must focus on two aspects primarily.

- First, we must look at artistic production in particular
We must value, reinforce and enjoy their artistic productions, with the colors used, with the tones of the colors, with the spaces, with the details, with the spatial representations, etc. It is very important that we value, with measure, the drawings they make and that they feel proud and valued. There is nothing better, emotionally speaking, than to do something and for others, in this case your parents, to show you their pleasure and satisfaction.

- On the other hand, we must take into account the message that was wanted to convey
We must want to understand what message is in my son's drawing. Without the intention of judging, or drawing unnecessary conclusions, or playing prophets or psychologists, but we must read the hidden message that our son sends us. This does not mean that behind each drawing there is a hidden message, but it does give us clues about your state of mind, the global vision of your universe, how you position yourself under different circumstances, etc.

Psychologists, pedagogues and coaches have long used drawing as a technique to have a faithful and graphic image of the moment each person is going through. The vast majority of the time the drawings are associated with emotions, and are reflected on a sheet as the logical sequence of images of our emotional state. They are never by chance, and they always offer some clue about the person.

From my point of view, it is important to pay attention to these four aspects.

1. Where is the child in the picture?
Depending on where he places himself in the drawing, it can serve as an indicator of where he is. If it is drawn small and in a corner it will not be the same as if it is drawn large in the center of the paper. This representation says a lot about how you see yourself and how you look: lopsided or in the center.

2. How big is he or she represented in relation to the other objects or people that appear in the drawing?
There are children's drawings in which they themselves are bigger than houses, cars or the sun itself. And, on the contrary, there are children's drawings where we almost need a magnifying glass to be able to find it. These things say a lot about how you feel and how you look in your world.

3. Who else appears in the drawing?
Looking at the characters that appear in the drawing will give us an indicator of who or what is important to the child.

4. How much blank sheet is left to draw?
When children leave blank pages it can mean that they are creative and, thus, they leave that space to create or dream. On the contrary, the fact that they fill the entire sheet with drawings suggests that they feel canned and with little room for growth.

My recommendation is that, if at any time you want to know how your child is emotionally, try offering him a pencil, some paints, a piece of paper ... and freedom to draw.

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