Drawing to Learn and Learning to Draw (DLLD)

The Drawing to Learn and Learning to Draw (DLLD) program uses drawing activities to boost language, literacy & social skills for children and educators.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication (language development)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers, children
  • Delivery mode: Resources (books, kits, manuals), group training, online, coaching
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 Promising research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Language and cognitive development basic literacy
    • Language and cognitive development interest literacy/numeracy and memory
    • Communication skills and general knowledge communication and general knowledge
  • Item cost: Variable

Program description

The Drawing to Learn and Learning to Draw program (DLLD program) supports parents, carers, families and educators to engage in drawing activities with preschool children to enhance their learning and development outcomes, particularly as they relate to language development and literacy.

The DLLD program demonstrates, through hands-on activities, information and research, how to use drawing activities to stimulate and extend the development of oral language, shared and imaginary play, social interaction, and literacy generally.

The DLLD program is delivered in 3 packages, each tailored to different audiences.

SK Incursion and Resource package

A one-hour in-person incursion for up to 15 children and one adult per child that includes:

  • online or phone pre-meet with the lead educator to determine incursion theme, room set up, and any specific needs of children
  • a session facilitated by Squiggle Kids, including information for parent/carers and a parent/carer/child drawing activity
  • access for kindergarten educators and parents to information resources, including a pre-recorded information video covering research and learnings from clinical experience and infographics
  • phone debrief with lead educator, feedback survey and 30 days of email support for educator and parents.

SK Parent Workshop and Resource package

A 90-minute in-person workshop for up to 30 adults that includes:

  • online or phone pre-met with the lead educator to determine theme, room set-up, and specific needs of children/kindergarten
  • a presentation about drawing with children by Squiggle Kids, including the latest research and learnings from clinical experience, and a hands-on drawing activity demonstrating tools, tips and tricks
  • a sample of drawing material and tools and printed information for each attendee to take home.
  • access for kindergarten educators and parents to information resources, including a pre-recorded information video covering research and learnings from clinical experience and infographics
  • phone debrief with lead educator, feedback survey and 30 days of email support for educator and parents.

SK Professional Training and Resource package

A 2-hour in person training and coaching session for up to 12 educators from the same kindergarten program that includes:

  • online or phone pre-meet with the lead educator to arrange session times, determine possible themes and foci
  • a drawing activity designed for the educators to implement in the kindergarten, including materials and tools for the activity for up to 30 children (tools such as scissors, tape and glue not included. Some activities may also require recycled everyday items (e.g. pantry item boxes))
  • a 2-hour workshop for educators about drawing with children, including the latest research and learnings from clinical experience, and a hands on component
  • access for kindergarten educators and parents to information resources, including a pre-recorded information video covering research and learnings from clinical experience and infographics.
  • phone de-brief with lead educator, feedback survey and 30 days of email support for educators.

Participating services

In addition to the packages, Squiggle Kids can also supply participating services:

  • Take home packs: A specially curated pack of drawing tools, materials and resources for parents/carers/children to take home.
  • Squiggle Kids drawing story books: The supply of one or more Squiggle Kids activity books for use in a kindergarten setting, including sharing with kindergarten families. Each book includes a fun and engaging narrative and simple drawing prompts to encourage children to draw and to build confidence drawing. To view the current range of drawing books, visit me mo books.

These resources are only available to services participating in the workshop or incursion programs offered by this provider.

Detailed cost

  • SK Incursion and Resource package: $1,100 (including GST) for the first group, $880 (including GST) for subsequent groups of 15 children and one adult per child at the same kindergarten service. Includes all materials. Some activities may also require recycled everyday items (e.g. pantry item boxes).
  • SK Parent Workshop and Resource package: $1,650 (including GST) for a maximum group size of 30 adults. Includes all materials.
  • SK Professional Training and Resource package: $1,650 (including GST) for a maximum group size of 12 educators. Price includes materials for up to 30 children (tools such as scissors, tape and glue not included). Some activities may also require recycled everyday items (e.g. pantry item boxes).
  • Take Home Packs: Between $30-$38 each (including GST). Postage of the packs to the kindergarten service or to individual homes is additional.
  • Squiggle Kids drawing story books: Prices start at $55 (including GST) for an electronic copy of one book and vary depending on the number of children at the kindergarten. Discounts apply for purchase of multiple books. Please note that the pricing on the shop of the Squiggle Kids website is for personal use. Please contact the provider for pricing for books for organisational use.

Additional costs may apply for:

  • travel in excess of 25 km to the services, including travel over a shorter distance made multiple times that exceed 25 km in total. To estimate travel costs, calculate the distance from Surrey Hills (Victoria) to the service and back multiplied by the number of trips. Travel charged at a rate of $0.85 per kilometre.
  • accommodation where the booking involved more than one day out of the Melbourne areas. Estimate $400 per night for accommodation for 2 presenters.

Visit the me mo books website for more information.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: children from 2 to 6 years old and their parents and educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: the DLLD program consists of interactive and hands-on incursions and workshops for parents/carers, children and educators. The presenter will demonstrate, through the use of book reading, songs and drawing, and using novel tools and materials, how to stimulate oral language, imaginative and social play.
  • Program adaptability: Larger group sizes and kindergarten pooling can be explored. Online delivery of the SK Professionals Training and Resource Package can also be arranged. Please contact the provider for options and pricing.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing the program (either online or face-to-face). Pre-meet time is required by educators to organise dates/times, room set up. For the Professional Training and Resource Package, lead educator time commitment for training and set up is 3 hours. For SK incursion and Resource package, classroom educators are encouraged to take a hands-on role in incursions. Accordingly, additional staffing is encouraged.
  • Tools and systems: the program requires participants to have access to a device which can connect to the internet and receive emails.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Partnership with families
  • Equity and diversity

Item uses these sub-outcomes

  • Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  • Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
  • Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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