Author and artist Mo Willems launches “Lunch Doodles”
Mo Willems, the artist behind popular children’s book series like The Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie, has come to save us all. As schools across the country close because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Willems has stepped in to fill that family quarantine void with Lunch Doodles. In each episode, Willems shows you and your kids how to draw some of his iconic characters which translates to a solid 30 minutes of your kid quietly drawing.
“Lunch Doodles” livestreams each weekday at 1 p.m. EST on the Kennedy Center’s website, though Kennedy Center has released the first two episodes on YouTube the next day. “You might be isolated, but you’re not alone. You are an art maker. Let’s make some together,” Willems said in a statement.
In each episode, Willems teaches you how to draw some of his favorite characters and gives little tours of his studio, and even if you don’t want to doodle, watching him slowly and methodically draw an elephant is extremely relaxing. You can also send in your kid’s drawings and questions to [email protected] for a chance to be featured on the show.
“I know a lot of you guys are not in school, you’re at home right now because of all the things that are going on,” Willems said in the announcement video. “Well guess what? I’m at home too. So for the next couple weeks… I’m going to make drawings with you, I’m gonna show you some stuff about my studio and we’re gonna hang out together.”
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Announcing Lunch Doodles with #MoWillems! ✏📚 Join our Education Artist-in-Residence at Home as Mo invites YOU into the @mo.willems.studio every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing—starting today! #MoLunchDoodles Learn more in our profile link! 👆
Believe it or not, Lunch Doodles is working, and by that we mean, kids all over are quietly drawing alongside Willems’ broadcast. Some parents are calling it “creative homeschooling” and honestly, do what you gotta do during these trying times.
Mo Willems lunch doodles! Creative Homeschooling online. pic.twitter.com/S8zAlZbQAZ
— Martha B. Reiskind (@MobReiskind) March 18, 2020
One of our favorite authors, Mo Willems, is doing daily doodles! Ava and I watched his first video today and learned how to draw one of our favorite characters, the pigeon!
— Mrs. Miller (@MrsMillerNPSD) March 18, 2020
— Mel C (@luckymel007) March 17, 2020
To all of my art students: I miss creating with you! Take a creative break and join us everyday for some Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! Go to https://t.co/3sPtL8PqPo
The Antonelli kids will be participating too! pic.twitter.com/DMD2ZjnhYY
— Andrea Antonelli (@MMSartonelli) March 18, 2020
Other authors and notable folks are stepping up to help entertain during the quarantine. Josh Gad, aka Olaf, is reading bedtime books to kids and you can find all his old streams and videos on his Twitter feed.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 17, 2020
Save With Stories has been recruiting dozens of different celebs to read books to kids, which is awesome, because famous actors are great at narrating all the parts.
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“Dinosaur Princess” story by Aviana Olea Le Gallo, illustrated by Darren Le Gallo . THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN rely on school for food. Responding to the needs of kids during school closures, @savethechildren and @nokidhungry have a new fund @SAVEWITHSTORIES to support food banks, and mobile meal trucks, and community feeding programs with funds to do what they do best—and also—with educational toys, books, and worksheets to make sure brains are full, as well as bellies. . If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. . Thank you and stay safe. XX #SAVEWITHSTORIES
Plus, Scholastic is providing 20 days of home learning content for free on their website to help all the parents that have suddenly been forced into home schooling.
As families scramble to make sense of this new world, we’re grateful for those helping to soften the blow a bit.