1 Nov 2022 | 3 min Read
Author | 1053 Articles
Your child is ready to draw and colour as soon as he/she can hold a large crayon comfortably. Allowing kids to scribble frequently can help them gain control and strength in their fingers now and eventually teach them that markings and dashes can represent objects, shapes, and letters. Although here’s the question that arises in almost every parent’s mind: At what age do kids start colouring inside the lines?
Well, children normally pass through this stage of development between the ages of three and five, but experts warn against expressly pushing kids to colour because they can lose interest if you do so. Do not be concerned if your preschooler continues to colour outside the lines. Keep some wet wipes handy for messy hands and allow them to mess!
Your child will probably be eager and ready to hold a crayon securely enough to make marks when he has acquired the pincer grasp. At this age, children tend to use crayons more for huge, random arcs, blobs, and inadvertent scrawling, which is more of a study in enjoyment than technique.
Your youngster will probably progress from scribbling and colouring to expressive interpretation. In those swirls, you might not be able to make out the forest or the trees, but you’ll start to notice colour blocks and clearer marks and patterns.
The paper will probably get increasingly crowded with his doodles. At this age, every crayon mark your child makes has meaning for him/her; the wavy loops could be a puppy, or the vivid stripes could be his father.
Colouring books instruct kids about particular topics through drawings and can be an entertaining and fun way for them to learn. Discuss what they’re colouring in a fun way while sitting down with your child.
Once a toddler starts kindergarten school they watch other kids colouring inside the lines, they learn about boundaries and words like above, between, below, or under and they start understanding these boundaries. Parents should expect their toddler to colour inside the lines before they start kindergarten. Till then let them scribble and let their imaginations flow freely.
Suggestions offered by doctors on BabyChakra are of advisory nature i.e., for educational and informational purposes only. Content posted on, created for, or compiled by BabyChakra is not intended or designed to replace your doctor's independent judgment about any symptom, condition, or the appropriateness or risks of a procedure or treatment for a given person.