This Homemade Doodle Art is a fun and easy art activity for kids of all ages to do. Toddlers, preschoolers, tweens and teens will enjoy designing their own doodles and colouring or painting them in. for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids too.
Who doesn’t love a doodle art? Remember those huge black velvety doodle arts we had when we were kids? Oh man, I loved those things. My friends and I could spend hours, sprawled out on the floor, markers scattered all around, doodling the summer days away.
Now, remember the amazing homemade watercolour paints we made the other day?
Well we put them to the test today, and used them for a neat little homemade doodle art project here in my daycare.
Unlike the fine-detailed doodle art from our childhood, these doodle arts have big, loopy sections for the kids to colour or paint; a perfect toddler art project but fun for kids of all ages.
To make your homemade doodle art, you’ll need:
- black marker
- paints or markers
Drawing your doodle art:
With a black marker make a large, loopy doodle to cover the surface that you’re working on.
We worked on paper today, but we’ve used white cardboard before.
Now the fun part!
Paint all of the sections different colours.
It’s amazing how well the young ones can grasp this concept.
I sat on the mat, working on my own, not instructing or directing them, and they did really well.
We’ve done a couple of other projects recently though, like our stained glass panels and our rainbow collages which followed the same basic concept – keeping colours in designated sections, so they’ve had some practice.
We kept the baby busy by giving her some construction paper, a paintbrush and a dish of water (shallow glass baking dishes work well for rinsing brushes because they don’t tip over).
The construction paper and water is a great alternative for little ones; they can see their brush strokes, and they have fun splashing the brush around, and clean up is a breeze. 🙂
You’re not limited to using paints for this either.
You could set out crayons, pencil crayons or the children could glue crumpled up squares of tissue paper into the sections of their doodle.
Here’s one that I made a couple of weeks ago using markers.
What do you think?
Don’t the new new paints look great?
And check it out!
After 3 of us completed our projects, the colours are still clean!
No muddy, mixed up mess!
I love it!!
Be sure to check out more of our easy art projects for toddlers and preschoolers!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
Lovely! Your blog looks fantastic!
Thanks, Melissa! I’m really happy with the new look too! 🙂
Caroline -De tout et de rien
Never did that, and I’m adding it to my to-do list 🙂 Your watercolors look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Caroline! And yes, the paints are awesome! It’s amazing how they’ve caused such a stir of excitement! I guess we’re all the same: If it’s beautiful, easy and inexpensive, Bring it on!
This is SUCH a great project. I want to do it myself … I guess I’ll let the kids do it too! ;0)
I hear ya, Laura! That’s why I’ve done a couple of my own. I love this kind of art!
Love them! We are doing Mondrian inspired paintings tomorrow, using black tape and watercolours.
I hope you’re going to share pictures of your finished work! 🙂
We’ll be trying this one. And thanks for the tip about giving the smaller ones construction paper, water in a baking dish, and a brush! Great idea!
Wow, love the doodle ideas and in particular – getting kids involved. I’ve been thinking about doing a doodle color book. Thanks for the cool idea and if you want to check out some of my doodle’s look at my link. Perhaps we can work together.