Two Grasshopper colleagues are launching a new mindfulness colouring ecommerce website dedicated to activities to help cut children’s screen use during lockdown and beyond.
Lead consultant Matt Thorpe and copywriter Jess Watson created Doodle & Calm around the theme of mindful colouring for children and focusing on the here and now.
The colouring wall sheets are a new take on the mindful colouring phenomenon that’s exploded in recent years. They’re made of high-quality vinyl, come in different sizes, fix to the wall and can be wiped clean at any time so a child can start afresh whenever they wish.
Mindfulness colouring and how it can help reduce screen use
Almost every parent is currently struggling to limit their youngsters’ use of screens. The battle is especially acute given the exhaustion parents are feeling because of Covid school closures.
Our reusable mindful colouring walls can provide a non-screen activity that encourages focus and concentration in anxious or fidgety children.
The posters encapsulate the very concept of mindfulness colouring in each roll. They’re meditative art in its truest sense and quite literally part of the wallpaper. They offer a screen-free reprieve for parents and a mentally healthy way for a child to unplug their mind and pass an hour or two while stuck at home.
Mindful colouring walls – an essential item in any parent’s lockdown survival kit
The pandemic has increased anxiety in children and adults. Several surveys show we’re not the only parents to feel concern over our children’s use of smartphones and devices.
In one study, more than half of respondents worried about their children’s use of social media and another showed concern over computer game addiction.
In February, Children’s Mental Health Week’s central theme was ‘Express Yourself’. This can be so easily achieved through colouring the detailed shapes on each of our vinyl mindful colouring wall sheets.
The physical and cognitive act of applying colour to intricate shapes is especially effective at quietening runaway thoughts and achieving calm and focus in little ones.
Mindfulness colouring: the expert’s view
Mindfulness colouring is an activity that’s also endorsed by mental health professionals like specialist neuro occupational therapist Laura Slader of LSOT. She is convinced of the benefits that such an activity can have on fretful youngsters.
‘Colouring is a wonderfully effective activity that helps keep people centred. I regularly recommend it to my patients as a way of stopping, resting and restoring their brain energy,’ she said.
Doodle & Calm’s posters stick to the wall like wallpaper so there’s no chance of them getting lost under a pile of lockdown chaos. They’re printed in a range of sizes from a local company in Surrey, UK. At their largest, they span three metres and make for beautiful additions to a child’s bedroom.