The Benefit of Doodling
The energy that goes into making a Doodle gives a child a sense of self-belief. Self-belief is fueled when the final composition is completed, but it is something that builds along the way. Children feel genuinely capable because they know in detail what it was they did right (which means they can do it again), because they have acknowledged the mistakes they feel they have made in one Doodle and now know how to avoid them (which means failures have been faced, not ignored), and because they feel certain that their Doodles are sure to please, they are ready to move onto the next Doodle, with a healthy mix of confidence and curiosity.
Doodling is not only an activity that allows us to know ourselves better, but it is also a relaxer, an activity through which extra energy can be channeled. Doodling appeals to both boys and girls (and adult boys and girls, too). There are no negative side-effects with Doodling. Parents, of course, want their children to grow up with good self-esteem. However, the foundation self-esteem does not develop without self-knowledge, sound relationships, and, of course, determination and perseverance.
Doodling encourages children to notice how details come together, which allows them to also notice other people's efforts. A child's awareness of the efforts of others often times leads them to comment favorably rather than be dulled by the noise of the world. When a child has had the experience of creating their own designs, they inherently recognize more possibilities.