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Magination Press Learning at Home: Writing and Doodling Activities for Kids

The life changes and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have people all over the world feeling a mix of emotions.  Children are working through a lot of feelings as they navigate distance learning, being separated from their friends (and possibly family members), cancellation of their extracurricular activities, and being stuck at home. Parents have a lot to cope with too, especially managing their children's learning in this unprecedented situation. Writing and doodling can help kids (and adults) explore their feelings and creativity. Two books from Magination Press can help kids develop these forms of expression.  How Do You Doodle?: Drawing My Feelings and Emotions by Elise Gravel and Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing by Marge Pellegrino and Kay Sather provide drawing games to explore feelings, writing prompts, and book-making activities.  Here are some pages from How Do You Doodle? and two chapters from Neon Words for your kids to try! How Do You Doodle? is a book for your child to doodle, scribble, and draw out their thoughts, emotions, and feelings.  It is made up of doodle games that let your child explore the way they feel, name their emotions, and think about how they feel in different situations. Some thoughts and feelings may be hard to share, but lots of kids feel better after they doodle about these things. And just what is a doodle, you ask? A doodle is a special kind of drawing that happens all on its own—spontaneously. A doodle just flows from you, like when you are talking on the phone and not really paying attention and you start drawing spirals and circles and polka dots and bunnies. Some people think of doodles as the opposite of drawing—you're not supposed to be drawing something specific. Doodles come completely from the heart. They are expressions of your emotions and what you are feeling. Doodling can provide an outlet for the mix of emotions children are feeling due to the pandemic experience. Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing, helps young writers  learn about creative writing by honoring, strengthening, and playing with their ideas and words. Writing activities can spark imagination and allow young writers to make their writing more powerful, but they can also help kids engage with words to be more present in life and to use language arts techniques for self-discovery and emotional well-being. Creative writing is a powerful form of self expression that can help your child explore their feelings, experiences, and dreams, as well as build empathy for and understanding of others. Expressive writing about life helps people, among other things: get healthy! Research shows that people who write about emotional upheavals require fewer doctor visits and are generally happier. combat depression! Writing a gratitude journal helps with mood. Expressing yourself lets you ditch your stress for a while. build their brain! People best express themselves in different ways–through words, music, movement. Some people prefer to be alone to be inspired. Others

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Magination Press Learning at Home: Writing and Doodling Activities for Kids 2020-05-04T00:28:40-04:00