Who says you have to be inside to draw? Give your boys some paper and crayons or markers and send him outside in the shade. Give them a theme if they can’t get started: a tree, a flower, a bird, the car or simply tell them to draw something they see outside. Why is drawing outside so good for him developmentally? When your child is outside he is getting the rich brain stimulation of millions of pixels hitting his retina and making imprints on his brain and that is a good thing. When he is in front of a screen he is robbed of the rich visual experience only found in nature: the 3D textures, movements, sounds and smells that reinforces the learning pathways and process in his brain. The pixilated tree in Minecraft is no comparison to studying and drawing the real thing found only in nature! When you add drawing to the outside agenda his neuronal pathways are firing full force – -all of his senses are being stimulated and his brain is getting primed for further learning. When your child learns to draw outside and manage the distractions, he will also be better equipped to pay attention in the classroom. My favorite framed art in our home has been done by my kids; you can’t have enough kid art, it is priceless! (you can’t hang a completed video game on your wall ).
Author: Melanie Hempe
Melanie is the Executive Director of ScreenStrong. If you need help reducing the screen conflicts in your home, please reach out to us; we can help. We have tips and solutions for fixing screen problems and reclaiming childhood.