By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jan 24, 2011, 12:43 PST

Google is sponsoring a very cool competition for K-12 art students (age 5-18) called Doodle 4 Google. They’ve split the competition into 4 sections: 1st- 3rd grade, 4th – 6th grade, 7th- 9th grade, and 10th – 12th grade. each of the divisions will compete against other students in their grade category in state, regional, and then national competitions. At stake? A $15,000 college scholarship.

If you’re a Google user, then you are familiar with the Google Doodles they run for holidays, and birthdays of famous people. For this competition, they are focusing on the theme: What I’d like to do someday…” Perhaps you wish for health care for everyone that needs it, or acceptance for everyone regardless of who they are, or a college education for everyone who wants to go. This is your chance to turn your wish into a Google doodle that everyone may get to see.

Google Doodle for Van Gogh’s Birthday

Your parents or someone from your school has to register so that you can enter, but it’s very easy to do. Just have a teacher or someone from your school fill in this form. and your parents fill out this permission form.

Registration closes at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 2, 2011, and entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). The winning doodle will be featured on the Google.com homepage on May 20, 2011.

New For 2011

  • Parents Can Register Their Kids: This year, based on your feedback, we are expanding the contest. Now, in addition to schools, parents and legal guardians can directly register their K-12 students in the contest and submit their doodles. Check with your child’s school or After School Programs first to see if they are participating, since they only allow one entry per student. As always, public, private and home schools can register on behalf of their students.
  • After School Programs: We are working with two After School Programs: Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girl Scouts of the USA to register students.
  • No Cap On Doodles Per School: There is no cap on how many doodles each school, After School Program, or family can send in. Just remember, only one doodle per child.
  • A Variety Of Guest Judges: This year, a group of guest judges, including Whoopi Goldberg, Actress/Comedian/TV Talk Show Host, Jim Davis, Creator of “Garfield”, and Evan Lysacek, Gold Medalist for Ice Skating, and several other well known cartoonists, animators and illustrators will help judge the contest and attend the final awards ceremony to personally congratulate our winners.

So, your job is to come up with a wish for the world, and then to do a Google doodle that represents that wish. You will need the Google logo to get started. They have it available in PDF format.

Here are the Doodle 4 Google Basics

  • The doodle should be presented on a white, landscape sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
  • You can download the Google logo template (see above)
  • The winning doodle will be displayed on the Google.com homepage, so the Google logo should be clearly visible and recognizable.
  • The doodle can be in pencil, crayons, felt tip or paint, or can be done using computer drawing or design software.
  • Unfortunately, they can’t accept entries which use additional materials to create 3D effects.
  • Be inspired by Dennis Hwang, Google’s original doodler – but don’t recreate his designs. Your designs MUST be original.
  • Here are the full Doodle 4 Google rules

Your Doodle 4 Google can be simple like this one for Hitchcock’s Birthday.

Google Doodle for Hitchcock’s Birthday

Or you can get more complicated, like this one for New Years

Google Doodle for New Years

Or you can even get into high-end illustration, if you like, as this one does for Halloween

Google Doodle for Halloween

Just make sure that you can still tell that it’s the Google logo. You can enter more than once, so you can do more than one Google doodle for one idea, or more than one idea. They will be picking out the top 400 designs to start.

Good luck on the competition and have fun!


Google Doodle Party Kits

This year Google has also put together some Google Doodle Party Kits for Parents and Teachers. So, here they are for a little extra fun.

  • Parent Google Doodle Party Kit

  • Citation styles

    APA style
    Enter Google’s Doodles Competition. (2012, December 7). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 08:35, February 19, 2018, from http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/
    MLA style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, “Enter Google’s Doodles Competition.” ClassBrain Teens. 7 December 2012, 13:19 UTC. . 19 Feb 2018 <http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/>.
    MHRA style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, 'Enter Google’s Doodles Competition', ClassBrain Teens, 7 December 2012, 13:19 UTC, <http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/> [accessed 19 February 2018]
    The Chicago Manual of Style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, “Enter Google’s Doodles Competition.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/ [accessed February 19, 2018].
    CBE/CSE style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, Enter Google’s Doodles Competition [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2012 December 7, 13:19 UTC [cited 2018 Feb 19]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/.
    Bluebook style
    Enter Google’s Doodles Competition, http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/ (last visited Feb. 19, 2018).
    AMA style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, Enter Google’s Doodles Competition. ClassBrain Teens. December 7, 2012, 13:19 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/. Accessed February 19, 2018.

    Citation styles

    APA style
    Enter Google’s Doodles Competition. (2012, December 7). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 08:35, February 19, 2018, from http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/
    MLA style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, “Enter Google’s Doodles Competition.” ClassBrain Teens. 7 December 2012, 13:19 UTC. . 19 Feb 2018 <http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/>.
    MHRA style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, 'Enter Google’s Doodles Competition', ClassBrain Teens, 7 December 2012, 13:19 UTC, <http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/> [accessed 19 February 2018]
    The Chicago Manual of Style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, “Enter Google’s Doodles Competition.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/ [accessed February 19, 2018].
    CBE/CSE style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, Enter Google’s Doodles Competition [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2012 December 7, 13:19 UTC [cited 2018 Feb 19]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/.
    Bluebook style
    Enter Google’s Doodles Competition, http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/ (last visited Feb. 19, 2018).
    AMA style
    Cynthia Kirkeby, Enter Google’s Doodles Competition. ClassBrain Teens. December 7, 2012, 13:19 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/enter-googles-doodles-competition/. Accessed February 19, 2018.