What your children’s doodling reveals about them

It was interesting to receive the below survey results. I encourage my children to doodle, sketch and draw because it takes their mind off playing on devices. I find that on the occasions that I have insisted that there will be no use of technology at home, they haven’t really missed it and we have enjoyed our time together laughing and getting creative.

Which is why I love being a Crayola blogger. 🙂

Anyway, having read the mailer, I decided to put my little one to the test. Aeryn’s favourite colour is pink, so I fully expected her to pick up the purple colour or the red. I was tempted to influence her choice but refrained from it.

I was  pleasantly surprised when she went straight for the yellow. Sunny disposition. Yay!




Is your child confident, bossy, angry, sociable? A National Doodle Survey commissioned by Crayola reveals that the colours children scribble with speak volumes about their character.

The survey, which ran through the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), focused on doodles from 800+ children in nurseries across the UK aged between 18 months to 36 months. Each doodle was analysed by a leading UK Graphologist who was able to draw out key observations on each child for example, whether they were stressed, happy, confident etc. by looking at the use of colour and the structure of the doodles. The survey threw up some interesting findings. Twice the number of girls chose to draw in purple than boys with 68% of all children who chose purple being girls, as opposed to only 31% of boys. “Purple can mean that someone is bossy or confident and is happy to call the shots, this quite often the case with girls at this age.” Said Elaine Quigley, the Graphologist involved in the survey.

Fuelling the current gender debate, the survey revealed that 72% of those children who chose blue, the colour most widely associated with sociability, were boys. Red, which can depict energy and activeness, was a favourite colour used equally by boys and girls however the Graphologist expressed concern that the number of children choosing red could indicate a prevalence of stressed out children in nurseries.

Regional variations highlighted that East Anglian children were the happiest in the UK, with over 24% of them choosing to doodle in yellow, indicating a sunny disposition!

Elaine Quigley Senior Graphologist who analysed all of the doodles said: “This was a complex project, as children can be influenced by variations of moods and spurts of energy. However there was interesting creativity and potential indicated, providing useful information to enable teachers to give appropriate encouragement, as well as providing a deeper insight to what motivated their charges.”

Mia Roth, Senior Brand Manager for Crayola is fascinated by the findings: “This has been an incredibly in-depth survey which has revealed some interesting insights into children’s development and how big a part colour plays in their daily lives. Every child has a unique way of expressing themselves through creative play and these findings highlight how influential colour choice can be in defining their character in the early years.”

Elaine Quigley is a graphologist, handwriting analyst and psychologist and past chairman of the British Institute of Graphologists. With over 30 years in the industry, Elaine offers advice for staff selection, counselling, lecturing, exhibition presentations, public speaking and TV as well as radio and newspaper articles.

My First Crayola Doodle Magic range is available from leading retailers nationwide. 

Do your children like doodling? Which colour did they choose to doodle with?

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