Want to hear some great news? Doodling is good for you!!! Yes, that's right. Doodling isn't a waste of time.
Not only does doodling strengthen fine motor skills, it encourages learning, the recall of information and creative thinking. It also helps to build neural connections in your brain. And yes, there is research to back up such claims!
But the best thing about doodling .... it's SO much fun!
There's No Right or Wrong Way
I love doodling because there's no right or wrong way to doodle. Give a child, or an adult, a pen and say let's draw and it's all okay! What am I saying? It's not merely 'okay'! It's fantastic!
Recently, we embarked on a cooperative drawing project involving our 5 & 7 yr olds and myself.
Our doodling art was inspired by an article found on a great website, Imagination Soup. If you haven't discovered this website yet, you're in for a treat!
The nearby laptop was well used as the boys scrolled up and down looking for patterns which then inspired their own ideas. Thanks, Imagination Soup, for your inspiration.
Using permanent markers, we started by drawing wriggly lines over the page (top to bottom and side to side). Then we proceeded to fill each section in with patterns.
Add Some Colour
Once the drawing was finished, we set to painting it with water colours. (The permanent markers prevented the drawn lines and patterns from running when the paint was applied).
We divided the painting into 3 main segments and then restricted the colours in each segment. The first segment contained warm colours, the next two were filled with cool colours and the final segment, warm colours.
This art project was heaps of fun to do plus it produced an artwork that I absolutely love. It now takes pride of place on the wall in the entrance of our home.
Do you doodle? We'd love to see photos of your creations. Feel free to post them on our facebook page.
By the way, guess which part of the painting is my favourite. Hint: it contains words written by my 5 yr old. :o
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