Drawing conclusions from children's art

Esther Burkitt on whether those pictures stuck to the fridge are really a window to a child’s mind.

IMAGINE a child runs up to you full of excitement, thrusting a drawing into your hands. You see two giant figures, coloured in murky shades of browns and greys, apparently fighting. Would you conclude that the child is really trying to show you that they are upset about the figures in their drawing? Or could it be that this child loves the colours they used, and feels so positively about the people in the picture that their size has been exaggerated out of all proportion?

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