Wednesday’s are usually reserved for photography but today, I bring you a different type of creativity…
Doodle: A little drawing.
Moodle: A drawing to change your mood.
Moodle Army: A group of people who draw their way to happiness!
Okay, so what am I on about, other than messing around with words?
Well, my new role at school is Behaviour and Emotional Welfare Support – essentially I’m responsible for promoting good mental health strategies with the children…and (unfortunately) dealing with their fallout when everything gets a bit too much for them.
But baby steps…they need to be taught the tools to cope first!
Part of my role is to provide lunchtime activities for those needing somewhere quieter than the crazy world of ‘Playground Land’ and here we often use drawing therapy. It’s long been considered therapeutic for stress relief, with the recent soar in adult colouring books confirming this.
At the same time, we also indulge in a little origami – although I had to invest in a book…there are only so many fortune tellers and paper hats you can make before exhausting your origami street cred!
However, whilst replenishing stocks at the weekend I came across these books, which are my new favourite find of the week!
There appear to be only three in the series but inside is a treasure trove of ideas and part completed doodles to finish, all with positive comments attached and ways to help you alleviate stress and bring happiness.
So I want to start a thing. A movement, in fact, and I’d like you to join me for the ride. Put simply, I want to recruit you lovely readers for my MOODLE ARMY!
Let’s face it, everyone can always benefit from a little extra positivity in their lives and there are many people the world over who need it more than ever right now. Therefore, I thought it might be fun to set a theme or task each week, taking inspiration from the books and you then share your moodle doodle interpretations with the blogosphere.
I know it will take a while to get the ball rolling but would love this to become a regular thing. And don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be a masterpiece. In fact the more scribble-y and doodle-y, the better. Most 5 year olds luckily don’t know the meaning of stress – so if you draw like one, it might get rid of yours!
To take part, you can create a blog post of your own and link back to the weekly challenge or you can email your doodles / creations to email@example.com (just remember to put a link to your blog so I can credit your artwork!)
I’ll then display them in a Tony Hart style gallery (Brits over the age of 30 should remember his teatime, artistic treats on kids TV!)
But a movement doesn’t work without people behind it, does it? So please join in!
The theme for week one is:
LOOK AT THINGS FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE – draw the upside down!
The book suggests bending over to see things differently but obvs use your own judgement on safety please! Oh, and let’s keep things clean… 😉
And fans of Stranger Things – well you may interpret it altogether differently!
The challenge will run until 6pm GMT on Monday 30th January 2017. Doodles will be displayed the following Tuesday or Wednesday with a new challenge.
There’s no prize, just the joy of spreading happiness and relieving stress with your Moodle!
Oh, and if you want the books themselves, they’re available from Amazon (among other places). And double oh…please share, even if you don’t want to moodle, others might!
Looking forward to what you come up with! 😀
Image Credits: My own, bbc.co.uk and wikipedia.