Sunday, 6 November 2011

Doodlenation.com - on a mission to get UK kids and adults colouring creatively

Families are being urged to enjoy fun and creative times together this Christmas, free from the annoying bleep of computerised gadgets – by colouring-in, on a massive scale.

Doodlenation.com produce giant, intricate colouring-in poster kits which are sure to absorb the whole family for hours, and probably days, on end over the festive period.  Both adults and children can enjoy the Herculean task ahead when confronted with an elaborate poster to complete.

The artwork comes in a range of themes to appeal to children, parents and colouring fans of all ages such as nature, animals, a world of Cyborgs, Native American themes, angels and a giant, intricately detailed, sun! The posters are unique and created specially by Canadian artist Julie Van Alstine.  

Doodlenation.com owner, mum Nancy Detchon, jumped on the idea of colouring-in giant posters when thinking of ways to entertain her own children ahead of a rainy holiday in the Lake District.

Nancy, 42, said: “The children were getting fed up with being stuck indoors and were already tiring of the toys they’d brought along. Luckily, I’d thought ahead and remembered how I used to love colouring in giant posters as a child. I’d been online and ordered some but they were very expensive. When I surprised them with the posters, I couldn’t believe the effect they had on our technology obsessed children. Initially the kids were overawed at the size of the task ahead of them. Then, they became quite obsessed and, more to the point, wonderfully quiet.

"My partner and I joined in too and before we knew it the whole family were sitting around the table chatting, laughing and being sociable together – whilst completing our giant work of art. The children enjoyed the task so much they asked if I’d order more posters for them and so the seed of an idea for my own business was sown.”

Parents appreciate Doodlenation.com’s non-reliance on technology and the fact the relaxing act of colouring-in the giant posters encourages children to be creative and sociable. Children tend to enjoy the challenge of the poster project as well as the satisfaction from completing a giant work of art.

For more information visit www.doodlenation.com where the posters can be viewed in more detail and purchased.

FACTFILE:
Doodlenation.com’s posters are black and white A1 size measuring 841mm x 597mm.
The matt paper is high quality 170gsm and there are seven individual posters to choose from.
Each poster is rolled into a recycled postal tube and comes with a set of 10 free high quality, double-ended, Staedtler felt tip pens made from environmentally-friendly, water-based ink. The pens also have ventilated caps to reduce a choking hazard if swallowed.
Shipping within the UK and to Europe is free.
Poster kits cost £16.99 each or two for £29.99.
In a bid to support the local economy Nancy has ensured the posters are printed in her home county of Derbyshire and plans to bring new poster themes to the range.

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