Meaning Behind a Child’s Drawings.

We decided to research children’s drawings and see if there is any particular meaning behind them, some of the research i found is actually quite shocking.

A Bunch of Balloons



Balloons can symbolize a child who has trouble making friends, who make feel isolated or has a close bond with a parent and wont stray from that. You can see that clearly in this drawing as there is a balloon string attached to the mother too.

Stick Figures 



Drawing skills often begin to tell a story in kindergarten. Although kids at this age tend to use simple stick figures, you can sometimes pick things up from facial expressions, where family members are placed, and what they’re doing. This second picture, drawn by a 5-year-old girl, is an example of that. She drew her mother on the far left, followed by the family dog, her father, herself, and her 8-year-old brother. The girl drew herself as larger than her parents — this typically reflects good self-esteem. It’s worth noting that she placed herself between her father and brother: When children are between 4 and 6 years old, they develop a sense of their gender identity. As a part of this normal developmental process, young girls often get physically and emotionally closer to their father (boys this age tend to get closer to their mother), and the feelings are temporary.

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Lots of Detail 



The 7-year-old girl who drew the third picture is a triplet who was born prematurely. When I asked what the people in the picture are doing, she started on the left with her brother, who is on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. “He’s doing the laundry, Mommy is working on the computer, I am hanging up clothes, Daddy is washing the car, and my sister is washing the glasses.”

The fact that she has drawn numerous body parts and clothing on her parents suggests that she has mature visual and motor skills. By looking at everyone’s clothing, I see that she recognizes gender differences. The drawing also shows the children and parents as a cohesive unit; they seem to enjoy doing everyday tasks together. Notice how they’re each drawn in a distinctive way — the brother has a larger frame and a big head, and her sister has glasses, for instance. This tells me that she’s able to think of each family member as an individual.


A Hole in the Ground



The last image was drawn by a 7-year- old girl who’d recently gone with her parents and younger brother to her grandfather’s funeral. I was impressed with several aspects of her picture, including her ability to visually distinguish the adults from the kids and to draw faces that reveal sadness. She drew herself and her father in profile, which may indicate that she and her father have a strong bond. It was encouraging that she drew everyone close together, and touching; this shows she perceived her family as tight-knit in this sad moment in their lives.

The Soccer Match



This top drawing is terrific: It shows a family enjoying a sport together. When the 9-year-old boy who drew it was asked to describe the image, he answered, “We’re playing soccer. Dad said to pass, so I passed to him, and then he passed to Mom, and Mom passed to my little brother. And he scored!” The boy’s description of his picture reveals his active engagement with other members of his family. I notice that his mom is drawn as the biggest person in the family, and while that might not be significant, I could use the opportunity to say, “You drew your mom as the largest person in the picture. Is she the leader of the family team?”

A View From Above



The 7-year-old boy who drew this last picture says it’s “all of us playing Sorry.” I immediately noticed that he drew his family from the perspective of someone looking down at their game table. This suggests he’s got strong visual-spatial skills; children like this are often artistic and particularly good at puzzles and games. This family is engaged in playing together at home, which reveals a positive relationship among them. Since he drew his parents and younger sister around the sides and bottom of the board and himself at the very top, I might point to that and comment, “Great drawing — you sure are the strong one in the family,” and wait for his response. I’d start there because he depicts himself in a way that indicates a well-developed sense of identity.


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