my son who will be 4 years very soon is an overall happy child.
he loves to draw (not colour, but just draw), he can draw pictures like tree, ice-cream, cattepillar, fish, car, etc. much better than his peers and this is what their mothers have noticed not just me. i recently put him to drawing classes so that he can fine tune his drawing skills. initially the teacher is just giveing them colouring, but he does not seem to be interested in colouring and his teacher wrote a note that he is lacking concentration in class. he keeps on talking to teacher about everything but does not show interest in colouring.
yesterday i got his activity book from his school from viewing and in one of the sheets the same remark is written.
please can anyone suggest as to how can i increase his concentration. how should i motivate him to do something that he is not very keen on doing. I do agree that as a part of his cirriculum, he needs to be doing everything, not just a particular thing, but at the same time, i do not want to pressurise him because of the fear that he may go completely against them.
i look forward to your suggestions.
I think you don't need to worry if he is not interested in coloring as he is not even 4 yrs old yet. But you can check the following link for some help
To improve your kids concentration level, please see the link for some activities mentioned at the end of the thread.
He is just not interested in colouring thats it! But the good news is that he loves drawing which also requires concentration. He is just 4 years - allow him to choose the activities he enjoys. Introduce household chores and involve him with smaller tasks at home. That will surely work on this concentration levels.
Do not worry, he sounds like an intelligent kid!!
I think he is fine with concentration as he is drawing. Its more tedious than coloring. I think your child needs more challenging tasks and feel that coloring is mundane, Possibly could be that he has already mastered that or maybe coloring takes longer time which is why he may not be interested in it.
Have you tried rewards - for instance you could say that if he does a coloring task then you would take him to the playground --- something like that. Once he gets into a coloring mode, then a simple praise may make him happy. In any case if all else fails, try again after a few more months.
Or Perhaps he does not like to color big pictures (for instance, a big ballon with just a single color). Give him smaller pictures to color so that he could finish it quickly. Or you could try giving story encouragement -- for instance if he draws a fish, you can tell him to color it coz the fish would love to have a red color to show other fishe friends that <sons name> painted it-- something like that
Some children gets distracted when they are with other kids, so in case there are other kids in the drawing class, he may be getting distracted and hence would not have interest in the work. See if the teacher can give him 1-1 attention. Else try again the drawing class after 6 months or so.
thanks roshmom, nuha and nj - all the ideas seem to be super cool!
roshmom : i really like the ideas given in the second link, they seriously are brilliant. i'm going to hunt for the 'i spy'. looks it it will be interesting for my little one as well!
nuha : i do include him in petty household stuff like cleaning the bed after playing, making chappati with little dough, etc. he enjoys it too, may be i should increase the frequency
nj: yes you are ight, he hates to colour big pictures, after a few mintues, he gets bored and gets up from his place and goes to see tv or gets into some other activity. i have not tried to tell him to colour what he draws, i think that surely will make a difference.
thanks again friends!
You can try involving yourself in things that he is not interested in. You tell him that you love coloring and you are going to do plenty of it.Surround yourself with nice pictures and colorful crayons. You can even make it a game the one who colors best or fast gets a toffee and daddy will be the judge.
Tricks like that may work. Good luck
Children I feel get tired of coloring th whole page :-)
For my son, I sit with him and start coloring myself on a different picture. And then encourage him to start coloring his picture. If he leaves some I finish it for him ...he has started coloring more and more like that.