I was on Gather.com a couple of weeks ago, and I saw an author looking for someone with a 4 – 7 year old to review her new book, The Daily Doodle. Since I have 2 kids in that age range, and my kids love all things art related, I thought I’d volunteer. I was a little nervous. I thought that the boys would fight over the book, and I was going to have a hard time getting them to share. Luckily, Janet Lee, PhD, the author of the book, was one step ahead of me. She sent me 2 books so that both Zander and Jace could try them out.
When I opened the package, the boys were with me. They barely gave me a chance to get the books out of the envelope before grabbing them! Zander can read, so he dove right in. Jace looked through each page, a huge smile planted on his face, and he’d ask Zander over and over, “What do I do on this page?” The both went through about 15 pages before I told them they had to stop. They didn’t understand the concept of daily. They were just having so much fun with the journal that they would have gone through the entire thing in one sitting.
There are several things that impress me about The Daily Doodle. First, I love that it inspires creativity. Jace is just learning how to draw recognizable objects, and you can actually see his little mind just working away while he’s using this book. Next. I *love* that I can keep a record of their artwork and how their little minds think all in one place. Sure, we’ll still have loose papers, but this is a great way to keep my favorites without all of the clutter. It’s already in the book, and the book doesn’t take up much room! And I love watching their progress over time. To see how much they’ll advance, how much better their artwork will get. I can track their progress easily by going through the book.
I took a video of the boys using the books and wanted to share it with you:
Jace responded by drawing a large building, a small person, and a bike. When I asked him what it was that he wanted, he replied, “A new Power Ranger toy, a bike, and to buy Walmart.” LOL! He doesn’t want much, does he?
On another page, it says, “My favorite things to do with my family are…”
Zander drew us at a table and then us in front of the tv. When I asked him what his favorite things to do were, he responded with, “Eat chicken and play the wii!” Eat chicken? Really? 🙂
These are the memories I want to keep forever. These are the moments I will treasure, and heck – I can even pull these books out years down the road and embarrass them if I need to. 🙂
I would absolutely recommend The Daily Doodle to anyone with kids in the 4 – 7 age range. And I would recommend buying new books often. Your kids will love them, and it’s a great, clutter-free way of keeping their talents all in one place.
Thank you to Dr. Janet Lee for allowing me the opportunity to test out her new book on my kids. It’s definitely a hit here!