National Scribble Day | March 27
(Last Updated On: March 17, 2023)


National Scribble Day on March 27 inspires children to kindness through art.


Each of us starts out as a little colorful, wrinkled up human being with eyes, nose and sometimes a shock of hair. Our personality develops as we go. We’re a bit like a scribble.

Children’s scribbles become more than just scribbles when eyes and a smile are added. Somehow a personality leaps onto the page and with it, encouragement for children to grow and express themselves. The positive result looking back at them spreads a surge of joy that is infectious.

That’s what’s so wonderful about scribbles – anyone can make them no matter their ability. This means everyone from Grandpa to the smallest family member can join in the day.  Gather up the crayons in every color and scribble up smiles for everyone!


  • Scribble with a child on National Scribble Day. Whether it laughs, dances or grins, it doesn’t really matter. The child can laugh, dance and grin, too!
  • Educators, visit for resources and to sign up for stickers.
  • Families, you can participate at home by bringing out the crayons and art supplies. Let the kids of all ages get creative with their scribbles. Art is an excellent way to relieve anxiety and there are no lines to stay between here!
  • Challenge your household to scribble sudsy scribbles – you know, ones that use the right amount of soap when they wash their hands.
  • Have fun naming your scribbles.
  • Turn your final scribbles into a game of who’s who. For example, whose scribble looks most like Mick Jagger or Marilyn Monroe?
  • Educators, also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ways to celebrate the day with your students.
  • Use #NationalScribbleDay to share your scribbles on social media.


    Diane Alber, author of I’m NOT Just a Scribble, founded National Scribble Day in 2019 to share a message of kindness and acceptance and to encourage children to create art no matter their ability. Every artist started with a scribble!

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Scribble Day to be observed annually on March 27th.

    Scribble FAQ

    Q. What other days on the calendar are perfect for scribbling?
    A. There are several but these three are perfect:

    Q. Are scribbles similar to doodles?
    A. Yes, they are similar but doodles are somewhat more structured.

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