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How Do you Doodle?

How Do you Doodle?
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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

Do you doodle? 

I sure do. 

Blank spaces on my to-do lists, calendars, and notebooks are often decorated with arrows, swirls, stick figures, and cubes. 

It’s an involuntary act that’s been with me since my early days – tracing lines on my desk – while I desperately tried to concentrate on the material delivered by my teachers.

As it turns out, my penchant for doodling wasn’t a hindrance. Rather, it helped me navigate my way through school. 

Recent studies have proven that making doodles aids memory by keeping the mind from wandering.

Honestly, information like this makes me smile and it’s something to keep in mind the next time you find a tangle of scribbles in the margins of your child’s (or student’s) notebooks. 

Doodles are how we share ideas, give directions, recount events, plan projects, and pass the time while on hold with technical support.

For little kids, scribbles are to writing what babbling is to talking. 

For older children and adults, doodling is a way to let loose, communicate and experiment in a fun, non-threatening way. 

Making time for doodling is like giving yourself permission to mess up because – let’s face it – perfection is overrated. 

At the end of the day, every fully expressed thought begins as a few quick marks on paper and whether deliberate or accidental, a doodle is enough to spark a creative revolution.

No, really. 

Here are some fun doodle projects you can try with your students and kids.

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