workshops

Workshops to inspire parents 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 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 with Drawing Workshop Series at Escape Hatch Books

Who: For parents and children 2+

When: 10.30-11.30 Friday 24 April, 1 May and 8 May – EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 – NEW DATES TBA

Where: Escape Hatch Books, 9 Strathalbyn Street, Melbourne

Tickets: new ticketing not yet released


Learning to Draw and Drawing to Learn at Little Creatures Play Space and Party Venue

Who: For parents/carers of children 0-6 years

When: 7.30pm- 9pm Tuesday 2 June

Where: Little Creatures Play Space and Party Venue, 323 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn

Tickets: not yet released