Doodling is conducive to even the youngest children. The owners of a creative preschool/art class/daycare center have been taking my Creative Meditation class, and found that zentangle activities really focus and calm the little ones. They put out a large sheet of paper and let all the kids participate.
Zentangles are non-fail projects which encourage even the most timid. Here are our photos from Jeremy Ranch. For these kids, I stepped away from the tiny 3.5 inch squares of the traditional zentangle and gave them die cut shapes of their choosing. LOVE IT ! We created a large group project where everyone got a space, and each child could make as many individual ones as an hour could hold. You can see their intensity and focus. ( I wore my zentangle shoes, of course.)