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Drawing with kids!

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

And why?

Research points to the importance of drawing for child development and school readiness.

Drawing is both a precursor to writing (a series of drawing patterns) and a communication tool for a child’s expression of ideas and identity.

Drawing helps children to develop the fine motor skills they need to write as well as visual skills and memory skills, which are also used for handwriting.

When done with an engaged adult, drawing also presents a wonderful opportunity to bond, for fun and play with your child, for language development and to teach your child about the world (colours, shapes, emotions).

Inspiring parents to draw with children

Through workshops and drawing activity books, Squiggle Kids aims to inspire shared drawing activities between parents and children.

We aim to give parents the knowledge, skills and ideas to stimulate and extend drawing at home. Our drawing books encourage kids to draw and build confidence drawing.

See below for more on our workshops and to see upcoming workshops.

For more on our drawing books and to purchase online, see here.

Drawing: a key early literacy activity

On Thursday 8 September, the Squiggle Kids team gave a talk for International Literacy Day.

Hear (and see through original children’s pictures) why drawing is a key literacy activity for young children and get some tips and ideas for engaging your child in drawing activities at home.

Scribble: it's more than meets the (adult) eye!

There’s nothing more memorable than your child’s first tadpole person or the first time your child draws their family?

But what comes before is also really important – scribble – and, in fact, if you look closely you may be able to see your child progress through different stages of scribble.

In this video, the Squiggle Kids team talk about the different stages of scribble and uses original drawings to demonstrate some of the features of early scribble. We hope you find that there really is more to scribble than “meets the (adult) eye”