This post is sponsored by Google & Mom It Forward Influencer Network, but opinions expressed are my own.
The annual Doodle for Google art contest is open and this year’s theme is one of my favorites so far. “When I grow up, I hope…” Don’t waste another minute, though. The deadline for entry is March 18.
Kids from kindergarten to 12th grade are eligible to enter their doodles to be featured on the Google.com home page and to win prizes. From awesome Google swag all the way up to a $30,000 college scholarship, there are large and small goodies they’ll love.
Their schools could also win a $50,000 technology package!
There will be a winner from each US State and Territory. If you’re a service member with kids abroad, your kids can still enter using their home state.
Why This Mom Loves “When I grow up, I hope…”
My kids are in elementary school and they are always happy to tell you what they want to be when they grow up. One day my son wants to be a basketball player and the next day he’s positive he’ll be both a police officer and President of the United States – at the same time.
My little girl says she’ll be an “animal doctor” and also do concerts where she’ll sing and dance like a pop star.
That’s all good, and I love hearing about their little professional plans. But, the theme “When I grow up, I hope…” gives me, as their Mom, an opportunity to talk with them about hope.
What is hope? What kinds of things can you hope for when you’re a grown up? I loved having that conversation with them.
I realized that all the time I spend in the car driving them to baseball and dance practice, piano lessons, and basketball camp, that I hadn’t spent much time at all asking them what they hope for when they are an adult.
Doodle for Google: What You Need to Know
This year’s guest judges are none other than Jimmy Fallon, Kermit the Frog and 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning. Fun!
As a parent, you can do so much more than hand kids a piece of paper, tell them the theme and ask them to draw. Google has a bundle of clever resources for you and your kids so that you can help stir their imagination and put them in a creative mindset. Go here to check them out.
Ready, set, go here to enter the 2019 Doodle for Google competition!
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.