Doodling with kids is a great way to combine art and language at the same time. It is a relaxing activity which promotes many skills including language, fine motor skills, creativity and problem-solving. More importantly, however, doodling with kids is fun!
So how did we combine language and art in the same activity? Simple ... we listened to an audio story while drawing and painting.
For this particular doodling activity, we started with an organic shape - one we created by simply drawing randomly.
Next we added more doodles ...
and more ....
and, you guessed it, more.
There really are no rules except for the one where we tried not to overlap the shapes.
Once the page was full, the boys randomly added colour to the shapes. The key here is to limit the colour palette.
We kept the colour choices to three colours ... although, of course, you could choose any colours you like.
The results were beautiful.
I love doddling with kids as it allows us to listen to an audio story and is very relaxing at the same time. There's no right or wrong doodle. It's just a matter of playing and enjoying the experience.
Doodling with kids is also great for cooperative art where the parent can work alongside, and encourage, the child on the same art piece. Over the years, I've found that cooperative art often has the added benefit of keeping children engaged in art activities for longer periods than if they were working on their own.
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