workshops

Workshops to inspire parents and educators to draw with children

We offer workshops in two formats:

  • activity-based workshops for parents, carers, educators and children (Children’s workshops)
  • parent, carer and educator (adult-only) workshops (Parent workshops)

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

Founded in research, parental and clinical experience and including a hands-on, interactive component, our workshop programs promote learning and development through shared drawing activities for families with children up to
6 years of age.

In particular, our Squiggle Kids workshops:

  • identify, based on research and clinical experience, the benefits of drawing and, particularly, drawing as a shared activity
  • help parents 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 for engaging children in drawing activities, including engaging reluctant and disinterested drawers
  • give parents ideas to help address common problems
  • help parents extend drawing activities to get the most out of drawing for the child

Interested in hosting a Squiggle Kids workshop at your kinder, childcare, primary school, community centre or other venue?

More information for venues is included in this brochure.
Picture of an adult and child drawing together at a table with the words Squiggle Kids on the photograph

Upcoming Workshops

Play, learn, grow hosted by Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Who: Children 2+ to pre-school age, plus a parent/grandparent/carer

When: 10am – 10.45am Fridays from 16 July 2021 (6 week program)

Where: Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, 157 Union Road, Surrey Hills, Victoria

Tickets: book through the Neighbourhood Centre, see here for more information and bookings


Creative Playgroup by Squiggle Kids hosted by Craig Family Centre

Who: Children 2-5, plus a parent/grandparent/carer

When: 9.30am – 10.15am Tuesdays from 20 July 2021 (9 week program)

Where: Craig Family Centre, 7 Samarinda Avenue, Ashburton VIC

Tickets: book through the Centre, see here for more information and bookings