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Kids Craft: The Benefits of Drawing for Child Development plus Nature Themed Drawing Activity

From first doodles to mini masterpieces, get ready to inspire a new generation of artists with our sweet, easy to follow drawing activity, inspired by nature.

Drawing from an early age has many benefits that help to support vital child development.  Read on to discover the many advantages of encouraging your little learners to pick up a pencil and have some fun.  


A world of Imagination

Drawing is a natural process for children to explore as they grow and develop. From a very young age they may start to experiment by picking up drawing tools and making scribbles on pieces of paper. Encourage your mini Monet’s and Petite Picassos by giving them access to materials and letting them express themselves freely. 

As they get older, these random scribbles and marks start to take on meaning as they begin to demonstrate an understanding of the world around them. 

Drawing is an excellent means of practicing and refining fine motor skills. As little ones learn to hold a pencil, crayon or paint brush, they are also learning to control their grip and movement in their hands and fingers too. Amazing isn’t it!

Another benefit of drawing is that it aids the development of hand-eye coordination techniques as well as helping to build your kiddies concentration skills and overall attention to detail. 

And of course, drawing forms the very foundation of pre-writing skills. So, getting them used to holding a pencil is good practice for when they reach their school foundation years and beyond. 

Drawing is also a powerful tool for allowing a child to express their emotions and to show others how they are feeling. 

It’s important to note that there is no set age for when your child can and should be expected to draw independently. As with most things, they will reach milestones at their own pace. Positive reinforcement and engaging in activities together will set the foundations to enjoying a lifetime of drawing. 


Nature Drawing Activity

> Free Printable -  Drawing Activity Sheet< 

Our delightful drawing sheet features illustrations from the natural world around us, providing a  wonderful introduction to engage youngsters with caring for and preserving our planet.  Something we are also hugely passionate about.


Back to Nature 

Did you know that all of our beautiful wooden toys are made using FSC certified wood or repurposed Indonesian Legal rubberwood, from trees that have reached the end of their natural latex producing lives. Rather than being burnt and contributing to greenhouse gasses, we use the wood to give it a second life as a cherished Le Toy Van toy.

Also close to our heart, One Tree Planted is a wonderful, non-profit environmental organisation dedicated to supporting global reforestation. You can help  by choosing to donate with any purchase you make with us, simply by adding a tree at checkout. Why not take a closer look at the vital work they carry out to help make our world a better, and greener place. 

And, our team of talented toy makers design right here in the UK. We only partner with ethical manufacturers where every piece is mindfully made. Read the full story. 


Little Artists 

If you’ve caught the drawing bug after all of that, then why not check out our fun drawing tutorial for kids, featuring a simple step by step guide to creating their very own frame worthy pieces of art. 

Our wooden table and chairs set is perfectly sized for little crafters and makes a great gift for budding artists.  Made from solid wood, it makes an ideal spot to get busy with all those doodles and artwork creations. 

You can shop our full range of beautiful wooden toys,  designed to spark curiosity and imaginative play in babies,  toddlers and beyond. All of our toys are sustainably made with love and built to last, for a lifetime of play.

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