Using Google Plus to connect the kids with the family. And draw insane caterpillars

What do you do when you and your relatives are just not geographically in sync? I love that tech can allow you to raise your kiddos to have meaningful relationships with their far away relatives Skype certainly helps. But now there is a super engaging way to make those connections even more fun for kids, believe it or not, through Google Plus.


Scoot and Doodle is a cool program on Google+ Hangouts that allows kids to doodle and play games with any of their cousins, grandparents, or long distance friends, no matter
their location. Well, they have to have WiFi, but you get the picture.


It’s not just doodling by the way. There are lots of cool ways to use Scoot and Doodle.
You can play good ol’ Hangman if that’s what you’re feeling, but you
can also draw a picture together. Or heck, get homework help from the
uncle who just happens to be an engineeer. It’s useful and silly and fun
and the entire interface feels like
you are sharing something really special. The cool thing is that tons of
people can jump in on the fun.


Another
sweet aspect of Scoot and Doodle is that it can be used for work
meetings. It can effectively serve as a big white board. Who am I
kidding — employees can just sketch their own masterpieces during the
super boring “planning” sessions.


Now I’ve
got to admit, I would have much preferred a Facebook app. Not as many
of my relatives are on Google Plus and I’ve found that
a lot of people are reluctant to embark on yet another social media
platform just to play with this. That will be your biggest barrier to
overcome. But once you do? I think you’ll love it -Eva


Eva Glettner is a lover of street art and skateboarding, the blogger behind Skate Mamas, and a former contributor to Cool Mom Picks

1 Comment

  • Reply August 5, 2012

    Beckie

    Thanks for sharing! This is great. We are about to move to another state so Scoot & Doodle will be a great way for my daughter to keep in touch with her friends! So excited!

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