Fun for your family: Scribbles

I can’t believe it took so long for me to be reminded of one of my favorite teaching activities: Scribbles. When we needed a break from the routine classwork, an imagination boost, or just some time of peace and quiet, I always loved to grab my file cards and get the kids coloring.

A few days ago, the kids were running wild through the house. It was almost time for me to make lunch and all I wanted to do was cook in peace. I was prepared.

I had drawn scribbles on about 15 4×6 cards with a black marker.

I laid them out on the table and took out a box of crayons and markers.

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I announced one rule: Nothing is wrong. Then, I explained to the kids that whatever you see from my scribble is what you make. Not what someone else sees.

The kids took to it immediately.

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They drew. They colored.

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They created.

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They were silent and focused.

We’ve Scribbled nearly every day since.

This post is sponsored by Splash Creative Media as part of the Fill the Backpack campaign. Using your imagination bends your ¬†mind in a different manner than rote classroom learning. A mixture of learning and extending helps lead to healthy minds. Don’t forget to let your child be creative.¬†

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mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchaniser with Chloe + Isabel and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. […] Anytime one of the kids needs to know how to spell a long word, I help him think it out first on a card, then copy down the correct spelling into his school work. We use them for math practice, spelling words and letter games. We use them to figure out priorities when there are a lot of things to do (stacking in order of importance) and outlining report topics. 3 x 5 cards are also great for word games, letter games and puzzles. And it’s always so easy to play a game of scribbles. […]

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