squiggle kids

Image of a mother sitting with her daughter and drawing with chalk

A drawing with kids revolution!

Yes! It’s what we want all one to six year old kids to be doing with their parents and carers – squiggling together!

And, why do drawing with kids:

  • to bond and to snuggle
  • for fun and for play
  • to teach about colours, shapes, emotions and develop literacy skills
  • to express thoughts and feelings and tell a story
  • to develop gross and fine motor skills
  • to help prepare children for school

But drawing with kids can be hard for reasons including:

  • the mess
  • lack of time
  • adult’s lack of confidence/ interest in drawing
  • the frustration of setting up a drawing activity only for it all to be over in 20 seconds with a line and a scrunch
  • difficulty appreciating a child’s creations early on (it all starts with a lot of scribble!)
  • myths about boy’s interest in drawing / drawing capabilities

Our Squiggle Kids Workshops

Come join us at a Squiggle Kids Workshop to find out more!

Presented by Melbourne mum and author of the baby + me book, Lauren Gardiner, and Debbie Isaac, a Melbourne-based paediatric occupational therapist (also a mum of three).

With a foundation in research, parental and clinical experience and with a hands-on, interactive element, our Squiggle Kids Workshops are for parents and carers of children from one to six years and:

  • encourage drawing as a shared activity
  • help parents and carers appreciate and engage with a child’s drawings (including all those squiggles!)
  • explain the typical development of drawing skills in children and help parents identify activities and tools to engage children at different stages of development
  • give parents and carers tips and tools for engaging children in drawing activities, including engaging reluctant and disinterested drawers
  • give parents and carers ideas for problem shooting some common problems encountered when engaging children in drawing activities
Picture of an adult and child drawing together at a table with the words Squiggle Kids on the photograph

Upcoming Workshops

Stay tuned! New workshops coming in 2020!

Further Resources

Here are some futher resources we recommend for drawing with kids:

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken – a beautiful picture book that encourages children to think differently about mistakes. Perhaps they are part of the creative journey and lead to something wonderful? Perhaps they, just like all of our successes, go towards making us who we are?

It’s not scribble to me by Kate Ritchie – a gorgeous picture book that highlights drawing as a tool of communication and expression for children, while also acknowledging the difficulties parents can face with the mess of it all! The final page invites parents to draw with their children: “Could you sit next to me, and please draw me the magical things that you see?”

Art workshops for children by Herve Tullet – provides inspiration for 11 art activities for adults to do with children at home, at school, at parties or other special events

Drawing activity inspo!

Drawing activity 1: Copy these lines onto a piece of paper.

Ask: Where am I? What am I doing?

Drawing activity 2: Copy this shape onto a piece of paper.

Ask: What can I do with this?

Drawing activity for children