National Scribble Day

National Scribble Day is a holiday observed annually on March 27th that encourages parents to introduce their children to the wonderful world of drawing. Scribbling, also known as doodling, is an important activity for children because it helps improve creativity and memory and enhances a child’s big-picture thinking.

Children who doodle are more likely to perform better in school and tend to be better at processing their emotions. Of course, doodling isn’t just for children. It’s also a great way for adults to reduce stress and keep their brains engaged when they’re not involved in other activities.

The History of National Scribble Day

Many people may be under the impression that this holiday was created many years ago, but it’s actually a holiday that hasn’t been around for too long. It was created in 2019 by Diane Alber, an author who wrote a book called “I’m NOT Just a Scribble.” This book was designed to highlight values such as acceptance and kindness.

It also encourages children to make art, regardless of whether they have an artistic inclination or ability. This holiday first appeared on Facebook and was then quickly spread around the U.S. thanks to the teachers who supported it. It is now a holiday observed all around the world.

The Benefits of Daily Doodling

Anyone who has ever wondered what doodling on a daily basis does to a developing brain (or anyone’s brain, for that matter) is probably going to want to check out this section. We’ve gathered some of the benefits of daily doodling into a convenient list for everyone’s benefit.

  • During a 2009 study, people who doodled while listening to a long, rambling voicemail retained 29% more information than those who didn’t doodle.
  • Children who doodle have better concentration than those who don’t.
  • People who doodle experience less stress than those who don’t.
  • Doodling helps “lock” people into the present moment and helps them be more mindful.
  • People who doodle are much more creative than those who never put a pen or pencil to paper to draw.

Observing National Scribble Day

As the name of this holiday suggests, this is a day for children and adults alike to try their hand at scribbling. The best thing about doodling is that it requires absolutely no skill, and anyone can do it.

It can be done with a variety of drawing materials, including pens, pencils, crayons, markers, or anything else capable of writing. People can also use the hashtag #NationalScribbleDay to encourage parents to introduce their children to scribbling.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 27 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
March 27 Thursday
Last year (2023)
March 27 Monday
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