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Criss Cross Doodles

Criss Cross Doodles
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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

Using materials found in every art room, students will draw criss cross lines to create shapes for doodles to live! Then, by following a few basic prompts, kids can work freely to make unique works of art.

This lesson is a short excerpt of a long-form lesson plan which can be found in the Scribbles & Doodles Bundle, inside The KinderArt Club.

What You Need:

  • White Sulphite (or other heavyweight drawing paper) 9″ x 12″
  • Markers (washable for little ones)
  • Rulers (optional)
  • Doodle inspiration handouts (included)
  • Messy Mats (poster paper)
  • Optional: Students can use crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels or markers for this project.

What You Do:

Explain to students that they will be filling their pages with criss cross lines, meaning lines that will cross over one another. The only requirement is that the lines need to run right off of the paper, edge to edge. This is why having a messy mat underneath is a good idea because it will protect the table.

Using one color, kids draw one line somewhere on the page, making sure it goes from one edge to another edge.

After that first line, students should choose a different color marker and draw another line, running edge to edge somewhere else on the paper.

Invite students to fill in some, but not all, of the spaces on their papers with doodles using as many colors as they would like. (The lesson plan inside The KinderArt Club features Doodle Inspiration handouts for your students).

To complete the work, children can fill in the remaining spaces with colors.

More Directions:

This lesson is a short excerpt of a long-form lesson plan from The KinderArt Club. If you like it, you will LOVE the Scribbles & Doodles Bundle which can be found inside The KinderArt Club.

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  1. Sheena Rogers says:

    My kids had so much fun with this project. Thank you so much for doing this. It has helped my homeschool art days a TON.

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