Colours are attractive and appeal a lot to children. A child should be exposed to a wide variety and type of colours. Crayons, pencil colours, water colours. It develops their fine motor skills and finger grip. Give them lot of opportunity to colour. Colouring helps to develop their imagination and it develops a keen eye towards nature. Their observation and approach towards detailing will develop.
Don’t force a child to colour, rather give them the opportunity to colour. Start with simple shapes, big pictures. As they will be doing it regularly they will understand how they have to colour, which colour to choose. Which picture is of a certain colour. You can give a child colourful chalk to scribble they are better than crayons.
So, for children around 2 to 3 years they can play with colourful chalk. 4 to 5 they can use crayons, 5 to 6 pencil colours and as they master the colouring, shading, understanding the strokes they can move on to water-colour and then oil pastels.
To conclude your child might just be scribbling but one day they will be creating a masterpiece. Even if they don’t do it, it is a beautiful practice for a child to indulge in.
So, let your child explore different art material. Just guide, don’t do it for them. Let them fill colours to their own imagination.