How to Interpret Children's Drawings

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Often revealing, drawings are gold mines of information about the psychology that children develop. So how can we interpret their drawings to decipher the information they are letting us know?

Some advice

Firstly, it is advisable not to over-interpret children's drawings, as not every drawing is representative. On the other hand, when the figures or representations become repetitive, then an analysis is necessary. But how can you interpret a drawing if you have no idea of how to interpret it? This is what child psychologists or children's programmes on the internet or television are for. Indeed, when the motif requires an interpretation, the people in charge of the child are asked to find a solution. For example, at nursery schools or early childhood centres, the teacher is obliged to alert the parents if a new element is repeatedly found in the child's drawing. At home, the mother is obliged to inform the father or vice versa and they will show the drawings to psychologists who will find answers with various elements.

The Interpretation Itself

Often, the child from a young age starts with a deformed shape and little by little the shape comes to life, often at this stage the drawings are not finished or represent anomalies. The interpretation is that the design of the shapes around him is forming, but is incomplete so it is recommended following the evolution and if there is a stop, it should be corrected by showing the child. The next fundamental stage is the representation of the family and the house. At this stage, if the child does not draw the house well, it does not mean anything, nor the place of the objects. What matters at this stage is the size of the objects and the size and shapes they give to the parents. Often mum is taller and smiling in the pictures of 2 to 4 year olds and dad is smaller or in a corner a bit far away. It is time to strengthen the father-son relationship to change this.