October 2022 sees the celebration of The Big Draw Festival. This annual event is held between the 1st and 31st October and is the world’s largest festival of drawing. It was first developed and celebrated in 2000 by St George’s Guild in the UK but now supports events around the entire globe. The theme of the festival this year is ‘Come Back to Colour’ and its aim is to reawaken our senses after what have been a difficult few years for all of us.
There are hundreds of events going on to celebrate the Big Draw Festival, but it’s also a great time to think about how drawing could be a fun activity to incorporate into the classroom and at home. Drawing not only supports children to develop their fine and gross motor skills and hand eye coordination, but also encourages creativity, concentration, and problem solving skills. It’s a lot of fun too! One activity you could try is including a ten minute doodle session at the start of the day. It’s a great way to express creativity as there are no boundaries or rules, but it has also been shown to help improve concentration. Or why not try a memory game where students to draw certain objects and then see how many they can remember when the paper is turned over?
At The Sticker Factory, we love drawing and doodling too. We design all of our of products ourselves (in fact most of our designs were drawn by our Director, Vanessa) and love drawing new stickers. In another recent blog post we even had a chat about our favourite designs of all time, which you can read here https://thestickerfactory.co.
You can visit the Big Draw Festival website to find out more about the event https://thebigdraw.org/about-