If you have a pen and some paper, you can entertain your kid while you wait at a restaurant or doctor’s office. Heck, you don’t even have to have paper. Try a napkin or even the back of your hand!
Just draw some lines or shapes…
Then hand over the pen to your kid. See if they can make your scribbles into a doodle. (These are a flower, two clowns, and a caterpillar courtesy of my four-year-old daughter.)
Preschoolers: They can do it with a little help!
- Demonstrate how to turn a line or shape into a drawing.
- Use simple geometric shapes (square, circle, triangle)
- Help them get started by brainstorming with them. “It’s a circle. What things have circle shapes? Maybe it could be a face. Or a wheel on a car? Can you think of other things with circles?
- If the activity is still too difficult, switch it up! Your kid can make a few marks on a paper and YOU turn it into a picture!
Elementary: Elementary aged kids should be able to make doodles without much prompting. They might even need an extra challenge.
- Draw several lines on one paper and see if they can connect them all into one drawing!
- Can they make all the drawings fit in one category (food, animal)?
- Draw several of the same shape or line (example- 5 squares all the same size). Challenge them to make each one into a different drawing.