How to Keep Kids Dreaming, Thinking, and Happy October 12, 2020 By Bekki Leave a Comment This content may contain affiliate links. Inside: Easy to follow Step By Step Drawing Lessons for your kids! Working from home is an incredible perk… Not all homeschoolers work from home. Not all work from home parents homeschool. But MOST of us are dealing with distractions and interruptions. Usually, it’s fine. This whole have ‘our own life at home’ thing.UNTIL: Your 5-year-old princess interrupts your Zoom Call for the 12th time.Your son designs a nerf ambush for his brother right in the middle of the baby’s nap.All of your kids decide the perfect time to come give you a group hug is right in the middle of your online presentation.Someone screams. Let’s be real. You ADORE your kids. You want to see their drawings and listen to their stories.You want to play. Mixing work and parenting is NOT for the faint of heart. You really want to be the best parent on the planet right now and join the nerf battle and hug your kids… But RIGHT at THIS moment you just need 20 minutes of UNINTERRUPTED time to focus on this project. Why don’t you let me keep your kids busy doodling, dreaming and thinking for the next 20 minutes while you focus! In just a few minute, your child will be FOCUSED, entertained, and learning something valuable. Developing fine motor skillsWorking QUIETlYPracticing the art of visual thinkingBuilding their visual vocabularyHaving FUN How?Learning to draw! Let me introduce you and your kids to the Doodle Clubhouse! Each week, I release a new series of How to Draw Videos for Kids of All ages (well, 5 and up if they need to do them independently) The videos are EASY to follow and are sure to give them Instant mastery over drawing. While you are Thinking and WORKING, your child will be focusing and practicing the art of bringing drawings to life, all while I teach them how to draw step by step. Start with a Plan for Success Without a plan, your budding little artist may decide to decorate your dining room wall, rather than that piece of copy paper. You can’t just slap those kids of yours in front of a screen and say, “see you in 3 hours.” Even the BEST online activities require set-up and practice with kids. Because they can smell busy work and “get out of my space” tactics faster than your dog can smell the peanut butter jar open. So, let me give you some NINJA Skills for getting those kids to draw happily for a few minutes! NINJA skills are those secrets for success that we brilliant work from home parents keep to ourselves so our kids begin to trust in our creative brilliance. I won’t tell on you if you won’t tell on me; deal? NINJA TIPS for SUCCESS: Do the first one TOGETHER. Seriously. Don’t roll your eyes. Do the first few videos of the SPACE theme inside the clubhouse together. Your kids will buy in to these drawing lessons if YOU show them they are worth YOUR time and interest.Layout paper and markers. If necessary, buy some new ones as a surprise. Drawing with pen is a powerful lesson for letting go of perfectionism. I talk about that all the time in the videos. Don’t let a lack of supplies slow you down. Use what you have and then sneak in a few new markers later to keep them doodling!Pick up a pen and a blank piece of paper and write the words: DOODLE CLUBHOUSE across the top. Set a timer and draw with your kids. Every day. One doodle goes a LONG way. (NINJA high five)ESTABLISH rules of engagement. “I know you’re going to be excited to show me what you’re learning, but when I am working, you’ll need to wait until (insert your secret cue here… I suggest a timer) to show me.”Instruct young kids about markers… Only on paper, not on the baby, or the wall… you know the drill… Once, I thought my little angel was doing exactly what I thought he was doing. Reality? He was painting hime]self and the bathroom with red nail polish. A few minutes of proactive will set you up for success!AFTER work, or when you take that coveted break mid-day, Be sure to find a few minutes to OOh and Ahhh over their creations. Better yet, watch their favorite How to Draw Videos together and YOU DRAW WITH them and create a happy memory. The Great news?Anyone can draw. The Better news?I’ve grouped the themes into 20-25 minute themes, BUT each image is its own separate video, making them easy to follow! Sign your kids up for the Doodle Clubhouse for Kids today! For only a few dollars a month, I can give you those 20 minutes you are looking for instantly. Ready? FAIR WARNING: Your kids are gonna LOVE the Doodle Clubhouse! Be sure you establish the boundaries for your work time.PRACTICE for a few minutes each day for the first few days. Heads up. The first few minutes of each theme include fun hand warmup videos that will make them laugh. Out-loud. They will make a little noise as they get started and then they will quiet down as they draw. The goofy videos are a NINJA trick to get kids to exercise their fine-motor muscles. You need some time to work. Let me help you!! Diane Bleck is my Doodle Teacher Doodling and Drawing is NOT just something to keep your kids busy. It’s REALLY powerful and beneficial for their learning! Who benefits from the Doodle Clubhouse for Kids? Kids ages 5 and up. Our oldest doodlers are in their 50s! Anyone who wants to draw, but feels like all they can muster is a dot or a very short line. Yes! You can draw!Homeschool kidsPublic School KidsYour kidsMy kids There’s something MAGIC that happens when a person suddenly is able to MASTER a little drawing. CONFIDENCE blossomsCreativity is UNLOCKEDJOY flows in The Doodle Clubhouse for Kids includes: Video lesson on how to deal with mistakes. Really important lesson for our perfectionists!Weekly themes including multiple step-by-step videos showing just hands and the images come to life.Printable sheets including step by step drawing, a coloring page, a worksheet template and a colorful display of the theme.Access to a private Facebook Group where you kids can share their creations (optional; but fun) Why only a few dollars a month? All kids benefit from the POWER that is unlock as they master hand eye control and overcome those self-imposed hurdles. “I can’t draw” TRANSFORMS into “LOOK what I drew!!” I believe all kids need this type of confidence building, fine-motor development, joy bringing activity in their lives. I don’t want any child to be left out. This Clubhouse could easily be priced much higher… but then the kids who really need it would miss out. So POWERFUL! You need a few minutes to think, true. But you’re kids need the CONFIDENCE and JOY just inside the Doodle Clubhouse for Kids. Give it a test spin, today. Those 20 minutes of time for you to focus are hiding right around the pile of colorful markers and smiling faces.