Creating our own doodle world!

Making kids sit confined at home for days, is one of the toughest job for any parent. Their unending talks; tantrums & meltdowns; messy house; increased screen time makes one tired & clueless….. thinking what next & how to keep them occupied! 

My 4-year-old daughter who is excessively active- likes to run and jump around at home…In such situation, i wish my kid quietly sits for hours doing some productive activity and i get some time for myself.

As doodling change’s – one’s state of mind and is both mindful & relaxing, I started to “doodle”. In no time my daughter came to me and with a curious voice said, “Mumma what are you doing, even i want to do the same?”

Well, since then this art form has given both of us a good “Me Time” together; we discuss, laugh, draw, color and in the end happy to see our art work.

What is Doodle?

This a free-form of drawing that involves various elements viz. shapes, random lines, abstract images, texture & color. It symbolizes feelings; thoughts and perceptions in visual forms.

Why kids should doodle-

Through Doodling children will benefit with better focus; boost memories; improve artistic skills & learning. It also helps children to be a #problemsolver; build #cognitiveskills; improve #motorskills thereby #enhancescreativity and #learnnewconcepts.

Art Supplies-

  • Sketch/ Drawing Book
  • Pencils, Eraser, Felt- Tip pen, 
  • Markers, Highlighter, Pencil Crayons, Paint, Ballpoint pen

Process-

Step 1:

  • You can ask kids to first list down the objects/elements they would like to draw.This will enable them to #think; take #decisions and express #emotions.

Step 2:

  • For younger kids, parents can create the #doodleart & they can color it. Or if children are older enough…ask them to choose one spot on the paper and start drawing doodles with pencils (beginners can refer objects from google images). 
  • One can doodle – flowers, planets, nature, animals, name, city, landscape, silly faces, doodle whatever they see around. 
  • The same doodle can even be repeated multiple times as the point of doing this activity is to relax & enjoy.
  • Stencils can be used to draw shapes and fill patterns. Gaps can then be filled with dots, crosses, dashes, hearts whatever they like. With time & practise, kids will slowly invent their own filler patterns.

Step 3:

  • Once the paper is filled with doodles…children can give it a good outline with a black marker pen. Lastly, kids can do what they like the most…coloring & filling it up to make the doodle art look attractive.

Step 4: 

  • Click a picture of the doodle art or you can also frame your work!

Happy Doodling & Happy Bonding

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