Doodle Journeys: A Fill-In Journal for Everyday Explorers
Do you or your children like to journal or create scrapbooks of places you have traveled? When our children were younger we had them create a notebook when we traveled (and yes we counted it as homeschooling), which would serve as their report for the trip.
In their book, they would include drawings, photographs, notes, summaries about the activities each day, ticket stubs, and anything else we may have picked up that they could include to document the trip.
And while these journals were a way to record the activities, it also kept the children busy and occupied which cut down on the “I’m bored” complaints.
Recently I received a book from Abrams Kids for review. The book, Doodle Journeys: A Fill-in Journal for Everyday Explorers reminds me of the journals our children used to create. Of course this book already has a lot of the colorful backgrounds and suggestions to get started.
Each page has prompts and places for recording thoughts or drawing the things around you as you travel.
Travel for kids often means sitting in a plane, train, or car with an iPad on their laps—head down, headphones on, watching a movie or playing a mind-numbing game. In Doodle Journeys, an interactive guidebook, Dawn creates prompts that inspire children to pick up their head and look outside the window. They are challenged to imagine where they are going, what they might see. They are also dared to envision worlds that don’t exist.
The book will offer suggestions of marking tools, ways to adhere photos, and tips for how to document with doodles. Young explorers will use prompts on pages overflowing with colorful, vibrant backgrounds to encourage them to note and document what’s around them. Throughout the book are travel-inspired doodles and quotes.
About the Author:
Dawn DeVries Sokol is the author of several doodling books, including Doodle Diary, Doodle Zen, Art to Start Doodling: A Sketchbook, Year of the Doodle, Art Doodle Love, The Doodle Circle, A World of Artist Journal Pages, and Doodle Sketchbook. She also has authored and illustrated 3 board books (Good Dog; Here, Kitty, Kitty!; and Leapin’ Lizards). Often referred to as the “Doodle Queen,” she teaches popular workshops through her blog (dawnsokol.com), at Interweave Press’s CREATE Mixed Media Retreat, on Creativebug.com, and through her DVD workshop Art Journaling: Pages in Stages.
I love looking back at the journals our children created over the years as we traveled. Some of our children still keep journals today while others competed the assignments but were not really into journaling at all.
If you are interested in exposing your children to keeping a doodle journal, this book would be great in a travel gift package.
You can pick up the items mentioned in this post on Amazon:
Doodle Journeys book
Premium Colored Ink Gel Pens with Travel Case Includes 48 Artist Coloring Pens in 12 Metallic, 12 Neon, 12 Pastel, 11 Glitter, 1 Mixed Color
Mini Colored Pencils In Case With Eraser And Sharpener
Journal Stickers – Assorted 1957 pieces on 43 sheets
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