Sometimes getting kids to open up can seem impossible. For children, speaking what's on their minds can be challenging, intimidating, and confusing. Their range of emotion combined with their limited, but growing, vocabulary and reasoning can make verbal communication feel frustrating.
One method that eases the intimidation factor and bridges the gap between feeling and expression is drawing.
Getting kids to draw what they feel not only gives insight into what's going on in their minds, but also gives them a creative outlet for expression that generates a plethora of mental and emotional health benefits, including:
-Whole brain growth
-Math and reading achievement
Intu It gives children plenty of opportunity to use drawing, and other expressive outlets, to strengthen these areas of mental and emotional health while giving them a chance to express multiple feelings, emotions, and thoughts in a fun and inviting way.
The next time your child is frustrated with expression, get them to draw a picture for you of what they're feeling. Hint: joining them in the fun by drawing your own picture can be key to having your child open up.