These Easy Doodles For Kids Are Such Fun!

These easy doodles for kids really keep them engaged. You can give these simple ideas a go in the classroom or at home.

Doodling helps us to relax our minds and takes us away from screens. Kids love to experiment, play with color, shape and pattern with no fixed outcome in mind.

Mindful coloring books have been popular for some time , and we all know the relaxing benefits of switching off for a while.

However, sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. We don’t always need expensive art materials and coloring books to keep kids creatively occupied.

I grabbed a roll of tape and a ballpoint pen and started playing…….

This experimental process has been quite addictive. If you scroll down this blog post, you’ll see some lots of examples, using rolls of tape, lids and tiles. Any simple-shaped household objects work well.

You’ll need some basic art materials – a ball point pen, lead pencil, oil pastels and water color paints.
I’ve experimented on music paper, old stamp album paper, maps. These can all be found affordably in local charity shops – the older and more yellowing the better!

Draw small circles on music paper and color them in with marker pens
Use a small square tile as a template or make one out of cardboard
A roll of tape as a circular template on squared paper – I found an old stamp album at a charity shop and loved the old feel of the paper
We all have old maps! I drew a circle on a page from an old London A-Z. These bold colors with black make it look quite Mondrian inspired.
A roll of masking tape and lined paper
Playing with overlapping circles, color and diagonal lines
Oil pastel circles on brown paper – use old packaging or envelopes
I drew round a roll of tape and added extra lines to color in
I drew round a plastic lid for this idea – I used yellows and greens as the shape reminded me of lemons and limes!
I used a roll of tape to draw round and make a kind of fish scale pattern, and used a mix of oil pastels and water color paints.
This bold pattern has been created with a ruler and butter lid!

My kids love it when I stop – stop tidying, stop ‘doing stuff’.

Putting some music on and getting the marker pens or oil pastels out is a great family activity – a rare moment when you can all be round the table, tv off, chatting, doodling – and all doing the same thing together

If you like these ideas, you might like to view my all year round activities for kids, check out my freebies or visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store for lots of downloadable art projects to use in the classroom or at home,

Hope to see you again, stay creative,


Ps – I’d love you to share some photos with me if you give these fun doodles for kids a go!

Back To School Art Projects That Kids Can Really Relate To!

All About Me, Back to School fun first week back themes that spark kids’ interests include:

  • Modern Technology – phones, tablets, watches, gadgets, computers, social media, instagram, facebook. Tech Geek is the new cool! 
  • Sport inspired – always a great cross over with art, and can help engage reluctant artists, energetic boys and girls. Kids love expressing themselves through the clothes they wear and the sports they participate in and watch – prints, logos, t shirts, hoodies – all part of their developing identity.
  • Graffiti, Street Art – Banksy, ‘tags’, spray can art, reflections of the world today
  • Pop Art – bright colors, bold imagery and graphics, simple eye-catching patterns

Through designing and road testing art resources for the classroom, grades 3 to 8, I’ve learnt that kids – both girls and boys – really do love to engage creatively with current, relevant themes that reflect their ‘tech savvy’ lives and ‘appy’ pursuits!

Many pre teen kids now own cell phones or ‘mobiles’ as we call them here in the UK.

Most parents, including me, are keen to limit screen time and remind our kids about pastimes from ‘the olden days’  including engaging with ‘books’, ‘paper’, ‘pens’ and ‘pencils’!

So my mission is to keep art going in the classroom and combine the two  – Good Old Art with a Modern Tech Twist! – 

Through art, kids can express themselves in an abstract way, explore their feelings, how they fit in the world, their hopes, fears, goals, likes and dislikes – often in a deeper and more meaningful way than using only words.

Art activities can be especially useful at the beginning of a new year when anxiety may be running high – for both teachers and students!

My classroom and homeschooler/parent art activities are designed to engage kids of all abilities, are low prep, include finished examples for inspiration, require limited workspace and basic art materials

You can browse back to school projects here by or by clicking on these best sellers below:

Graffiti All About Me
A Hoodie All About Me
A Sneaker All About Me
A Backpack About Me
A Camera All About Me
A Box About Me