Doodle a Day the Recycled Way...

Doodling is a fun way of capturing your thoughts and feelings on a page without them having to have any kind of structure or meaning to anybody else other than you. I find it very calming and the bonus of it is that you can doodle on anything. This activity challenges you to make sure that you fit some time in to your day to sit and doodle. This could be a summary of what your day was like or simply sketches of what you are seeing there and then. So, where is the challenge? I want you to doodle in a recylced way. Using the world around you, how can you mould it to create your doodle?

What you will need:


  • find a tool to draw with - pen, pencil, chalk, paint, old lipstick, old mascara... think outside of the box.

  • find something to draw on - paper, cardboard, inside of a cereal box, old shopping receipts, paper labels off food packaging, etc.

  1. Choose a time of the day which you will sit and doodle. This could be a morning or an afternoon but the time will make a difference to what you are doodling about. Usually, a morning doodle relies heavily on your thoughts and dreams. An afternoon or evening doodle will often reflect what you have done through the day.

  2. Pick the tool you are going to use to draw with - be creative! Most things can be used to draw with if you think carefully about how you use it.

  3. Pick what you are going to draw on. Some suggestions have been made above but try to think outside of the box. A doodle, so long as it is not drawn in an inappropriate place, can be created on to most things.

Some creative ideas with the permission of a responsible adult:

  • Why not try breathing on a window and doodling using your finger?

  • How about carefully using water in a bathtub? If you use food colouring in the water, then you can draw in a sink and wash it away.

  • If you have paint, maybe you could roll a small stone around a tray to create an abstract doodle? The imagination is endless for ideas...

Tell us about it!

How you can support your child:

If you want to show off your doodle and want to share, take a photo of your doodle, you can submit it using the form found in the navigation bar titled "Tell us about it." You can also tweet us and tag @OGATrust on twitter, don't forget tagging your academy twitter account as well!

You can help out too! How?

  • Make sure that you are happy with the materials being used both to draw with and to doodle on. This activity encourages children and adults to doodle their thoughts in a creative way.

  • Check for items which are sharp or dangerous - these should always be avoided.

  • Maybe you could join in and make it a bonding activity? Play some nice music in the background and discuss each others doodles.

  • Share your doodles.