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Doodles for Lunch, Dinner and any other time.

By Isabel Kallman


My son just loves to draw. And I love to keep his hands busy particularly if we’re out to a meal where waiting even just a normal amount of time can seem an eternity for a busy boy like mine.

Doodles at Lunch

Luckily, a friend gifted us with Doodles at Lunch a book filled with 36 tear-out placemats, seemingly tailor-made for my son. Each placemat comes with a six-to-eight step visual instruction on how-to doodle your own wacky animal or food. The drawings require good fine motor control and are intricate enough that your child will feel quite proud of his accomplishments. Heck, even I felt accomplished when I tried myself. I don’t think our nations’ school systems spend enough time teaching our kids how to draw. This is a skill we can get better at.

Doodles at Lunch

The book uses letters, numbers and familiar shapes to instruct in the detailed illustrations. It’s very innovative and with enough practice I can see your child soon teaching classmates how to doodle these same images. It’s that simple.


When you’re done with Doodles at Lunch, you can move on to the companion Doodles at Dinner and now the follow-ups Chicken Doodle Soup and Super Hero Food Doodles. The recommended age is 6 years old, but if your kid is the type to get easily frustrated, you may want to try Doodle All Year by Taro Gomi first.

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • jenny

    August 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    These are awesome!  Great find.

  • Jaz @ Odd Mom

    August 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I think my 11 year-old son would have a blast with these! Thanks!

  • MusingsfromMe/Jill

    August 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    My kids would have fun with this. I write about making family mealtimes fun and something that a kid, tween, and teen want to sit at. Sometimes older kids want to shovel food and run!