The Complete Guide to Children’s Drawings

Study the fascinating language of drawing interpretation

This practical book elaborates on a broad range of issues in children’s lives, as articulated in their drawings. Clinicians, educators and parents will find it helpful for evaluating children’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as understanding the reasons for their behaviors.

The knowledge in this book is based on an extensive literature of studies conducted worldwide, as well as our own innovative studies involving hundreds of children. The book is accompanied a wide variety of colorful drawings and explanations, in order to clearly illustrated the material learned.

The book presents cases of children and adolescents who have experienced a variety of problems and life events, such as divorce, ADHD, adoption, eating disorders, social problems, fears, power struggles in the family and at school, learning disabilities, the birth of a little brother or sister, lies, disease in the family, relocations, and temper tantrums.

Beyond this list and additional parenthood problems, the book also discusses how to identify talents in children’s drawings, which will enable you to choose the optimal afternoon activity for your child, most appropriate for his abilities and personality traits.

Practical tools

In addition to hundreds of examples of children’s drawings and explanations, the book offers a variety of effective tools for coping with children’s difficulties, based on extensive clinical experience. These tools will help you help your child cope with his difficulties, enhance his self-confidence and improve his family relations.

In this book you will find answers to important questions such as:

  • How to identify artistic talent in areas such as music, painting or drama?
  • Why do children use mainly black, and what do colors mean in drawings?
  • Why do children draw human figures without arms?
  • Do monster drawings indicate fears?
  • What happens to a child at kindergarten or school? Is he happy there?
  • What are some of the indicators of distress in children’s drawings?
  • How can you better understand the way a child will cope with significant changes in the family, such as the birth of a new sibling, relocation or divorce?

Train yourself

At the end of the book you’ll find exercises and detailed answers that will give you a chance to experience drawing analysis firsthand, using real-life original drawings.

Want to read one of the book’s chapters? Here’s a SampleChapter

Table of Contents

In this book, you will find reference to general issues that can be diagnosed based on drawing analysis, as well as particular parental issues, including:

  • Introduction to children’s drawing interpretation
    • Developmental Stages
    • Scribbles
    • Drawing process and tools
    • What to look for in drawings?
    • How to respond to drawings?
    • Intervention in children’s drawings
    • Why do some children refuse to draw?
    • Boys vs. Girls
    • Copying
  • Family relations
    • Family coalitions
    • Temper tantrums
    • Willfulness and power struggles
    • Spoiled vs. independent children
    • Discipline and boundaries
  • Sibling relations
    • Birth order significance
    • The birth of a little sibling
    • Fights among siblings
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
    • Emotional background
    • Elements and manifestations
    • Cognitive effects
    • Socio-emotional effects
  • Divorce
    • Advantages of drawing interpretation
    • Stages in the divorce process
    • Coping stages
    • Children’s reactions to divorce
    • Parents’ reactions to divorce
    • The effects of divorce on young children
  • Social life
    • Popularity
    • Rejection
    • Social anxiety
    • The child’s temperament and its social effects
    • The socially rigid child
  • Fears
    • How to identify fears in drawings?
    • Coping with fear
    • Types of fear
  • Anxieties and traumas
    • Child abuse victims
    • Children at risk
    • Children who lost family members
    • Drawings from a ghetto
    • Children under the threat of terrorism
  • Transitions
    • Separation
    • Bedwetting
    • Constipation
    • Moving to a new kindergarten
    • Adoption
    • Moving to a new house
    • Moving overseas
    • Adolescence
  • The human body
    • Human figure drawings
    • Drawings by sick children
    • Drawings by children with sick parents
  • Cognitive performance
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Talented children
    • Pre-school children
    • First grade preparedness
    • Coping with academic difficulties
    • Lies
    • Perfectionism
  • Colors
  • Recommendations and solutions:
    • How to cope with various situations in children’s lives?
  • Exercises and detailed answers that will provide you with firsthand experience in analyzing original drawings

Here is what some of our readers had to say:

“The Complete Guide to Children’s Drawings is a must-have book for professionals and parents. Michal presents to the reader in a fascinating and clear manner the complex world of children’s drawings analysis, from a dual perspective – both practical and theoretical”
Henrike Hershlikobitz, Ph.D, Social-Clinical Psychologist

“I’ve read your book several times and every time I’ve learned something new. Michal Wimmer’s book offers a wealth of examples, has profound insights, is accessible to every reader and approaches the child who makes the drawing with great love. I recommend this book to every educator and parent.”
Michal Daliot, Senior Parental Advisor (“Super-Nanny TV show”)

“As a school head-master, who practices education for over 33 years, I carefully read Michal’s book, which illustrates meticulously the direct relation between children’s social, emotional and cognitive status and their drawings. The writing is very professional, yet clear and it offers numerous examples of children’s drawings. It is highly recommended to educators who work with children and adolescents.”
Tali Shalom, School Head Master

“Studying children’s drawings and their meanings helped me create a way of storytelling that fits the subject and the main character (an 8-year old girl who’s parents divorced). So, the book was very helpful, thank you!”
Tünde Vollenbroek


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