Friday, 13 February 2015

Crayola's National Doodle Survey - what is your child like?

Crayola Doodles Survey, what children's doodles mean, children personality

It's safe to say that a person's personality is partly developed pre-birth (they were born with it) and partly developed during their upbringing (influenced by others including parents/ caretakers and peers). We can see a lot of us in Abby and Clay, yet they are so different. With Clay, we can still see much of his own personality, but Abby is definitely turning more and more like her friends and *ehem* me (feeling guilty).

Before she started Reception year, she was quite different, and now I find myself often wondering whether we and her peers have helped her develop her true personality, bringing it out from the little shy toddler, or have we changed her into someone she wasn't by planting new behaviour into her?

I'm obviously not the only person who's curious about this, as Crayola has recently commissioned a survey with the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), to find out what young children's doodles tell about their personality. The survey is focused on doodles from 800+ children in nurseries across the UK aged between 18 months to 36 months, which is the age group where children aren't as affected by others yet ("true colours", "still who they are" came to mind). Their doodles were analysed by a leading UK Graphologist Elaine Quigley (past chairman of the British Institute of Graphologists), who was able to draw out key observations on each child (e.g. stressed, confident, happy, etc).

While they observe what the children's characters are like, they also found some interesting results:

- 68% of all children who chose Purple Colour are girls, and around 31% are boys. (purple often means bossy or confident to call the shots)

- 72% of all children who chose Blue Colour are boys (blue is widely associated with sociability)

- Equal number of boys and girls chose Red Colour as a favourite (can mean activeness and energy, but can also 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 Colour, indicating a sunny disposition.

The findings are really interesting, so I thought I'd get Clay to doodle and show us whether he is what we think he is (a happy, cheerful little person!).

Crayola Doodles Survey, what children's doodles mean, children personality

As we weren't part of the survey, we can't really tell what Clay's doodles is telling us about him, but his colour choice Orange more or less told us that he is indeed a sunny character with lots of energy (unless orange means something completely different than a bit of red and yellow!)

I haven't done this "test" on Abby as her choices are already influenced by us and her peers, but her choice of Blue and Purple isn't very far off from the personality she is showing us!

For hidden meanings from our daydreaming doodles (random drawings, or when you are waiting on the phone), I have written a blog post back in 2013 that shows some really interesting findings as well!