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At what age can you play with pencils?

At what age can you play with pencils?

There is no more and your child will give up the barges or killings and will be keen to go through the heavy artillery: pencils, pens, plasticine, sheets of paper and other tools to showcase their creative and artistic talent.

But handling pencils can be dangerous for children at an early age, so it is advisable to know when to play safely with them!

6-12 months

At 6 months of age children are too young to play with such instruments. Only at 12 months he is able to have minimal control over a pencil (not to keep it in writing position, but to play with it).

It is okay to give him a pretty thick pencil that does not have the sharp tip at this age. If you help him a little, it doesn't take much more than 1 year and your little one will do the first work of art: a few stripes embossed on paper, at random! A true artistic achievement that deserves to be appreciated!

14-20 months

To hold a pencil in the handle as accurately as possible the child must have well-developed strength and determination to be able to draw lines on paper and to color something. The act of drawing involves developed motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It is important to give them pencils of a material that allows easier grip of the sleeve on them (so as not to slip, especially as the little ones sweat easily). Only between 14 and 20 months does the child really manage to make the first lines.

At 18 months, he will already try to imitate you when you write with the help of writing tools, even if he has not yet developed the skills to properly hold a pencil in his hand. But he will still play with the pencil in an attempt to do what you do. It is good to try to draw in front of him, to serve as a model! You will help him learn to write faster!

2 years

From 2 years upwards, the child will find a real pleasure in sitting on a chair in front of a table with a few sheets of paper in front and pampering what goes through his head. It is time to help him and guide his efforts towards the correct learning of pencil handling.

3 years

From the age of 3, the child leaves aside the air of a small artist who only knows how to make abstract art and begins to penetrate the mysteries of light geometric shapes: he can be learned to make a circle, a cross and a square.

It is even capable of drawing people from how many lines drawn (with a circle on the head and lines on the hands, trunks and legs). Up to 3 anisors the child can already learn 3 or 4 colors and can write a few main letters.

Pencils, risks and tricks in their choice

Even if you are proud of the child's desire to learn and practice the mysteries of writing and drawing at an early age, you must know that it can be dangerous for a baby to play with pencils: he can put them in his mouth (and he can drown). or in the eyes.

Therefore, it is good to buy quality pencils for your child, which do not contain toxic substances, such as paraffin (because he will tend to put them in his mouth) and which are adapted to his age. Have a good grip so that it does not slip out of the handle and not be very long. If you are interested in pencils before turning one year, buy thick pencils for toys, without sharp tips.

Specialists argue that when children learn to write or draw it is advisable to break the pencils in half. This way it will teach you how to properly hold a pencil in your hand and help it adapt more easily to the longer ones later in childhood.

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