Whether your tween is a self-proclaimed creative or shy about her artistic abilities, writing and drawing can benefit her brain in a number of incredible ways. It’s just one reason the new graphic novel how-to book, Share Your Smile, is a great learning tool.
In the book, best-selling author Raina Telgemeier (you know her from Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts) shines the spotlight on a completely new character — the reader! With drawing lessons and thought-provoking writing prompts, this book helps your tween document all of her life experiences on paper.
Your tween will love having a fun outlet for self-expression, but there’s another reason why drawing and journaling is a good use of time: Creating art can improve cognitive function by increasing interaction between different regions of the brain, and can strengthen the ability to cope with stress, according to a small German study. In other words? If your tween just had a bad day at school, or needs to vent about a rude classmate, expressing those feelings on paper will help.
What’s more, according to an English study, even simple doodles can help boost brain functions such as concentration and memory.