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Reader-submitted child’s drawings December 8, 2011

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Art, Reader submission, Smiley.
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I get my share of reader submissions (mostly from friends and family but I’m always happy to receive them!), but they usually come via Facebook or email. Today I got a reader submission by mail!

The envelope my smileys came in. (Addresses blurred, of course.)

The Zoey in the return address is my four-year-old niece. She sat down a short while ago and drew some smileys at her kitchen table then insisted her mother, my sister, send them to me.

I wound up with several sheets of drawing paper covered in bright, happy faces!

Reader-submitted smiley art, by Zoey. (Thanks, Zoey!)

I love the smileys that children draw. I’ve had child art here on the blog before, and I’ve seen a lot of other drawings elsewhere, and they always make me happy. One thing I find interesting, though, is that smileys drawn by very young kids always seem to focus less on the grinning mouth and more on the eyes — the eyes in most young kids’ smileys are HUGE, the gigantic circles almost as big as the whole “face” of the smiley face. It’s as though they can instinctively tell fake smiles from true smiles, which, research tells us, actually does involve the eyes as much as or more than the mouth!

Kids are so smart. 🙂

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