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Interactive Drawing Game for the Family
Using Your Imagination
Have you ever had those days when the kids are running around going crazy because they are couped up in the house and bored out of their mind? Maybe you are on a long trip with a carload of kids. At some time, they start to get cranky from being confined to a small space with nothing much to do. If you have run out of ideas to keep them busy, try this game out. All you need is a few pieces of paper and a few pencils, pens, or crayons. This drawing game is a greating way to get the kids focused, calm (for awhile), and have fun with their friends or siblings. Growing up in Michigan with my three older siblings we had many snow days with lots of time on our hands. I don't know where this game came from, but we played it for as long as I could remember. It was my favorite thing to do that has inspired me to have a passion for drawing and art. It is a great way to practice free drawing, build artist skills and confidence. It is a lot of fun and gets the imagination flowing.
Fold paper in half then into quarters so it is in 4 sections.
- Top section for drawing the head
- Next section for drawing the arms and torso
- Next section for drawing the hips and thighs
- Last section for drawing the knees, calves and feet.
*The last section can be something other than feet and legs if you want to be more creative. It would be some kind of foundation like a car, a box, a cake, a tree trunk, a space ship. What ever skill level the drawers are comfortable trying.
If you want to keep it simple, fold paper into thirds.
- Top section for drawing the head
- Middle section for drawing the arms, torso, and hips
- Last section for drawing the legs and feet.
Use crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens or just a pain number 2 pencil. It's all about creativity and having fun. Start with each person drawing a head in the middle of the first section of the paper. It can be an animal, a female, a male, an alien, a monster, a baby, an old person, or what ever you choose. Try to keep a time limit on each drawing so that nobody is waiting on each other for too long to finish. A timer set for 2 minutes is good, but use your judgement based on the ages and personalities of the children. Don't let the other players see or know what each other are drawing. Turn the paper over to the next section and pass each persons paper to the person on his or her left. Continue this process until each section is used. Then open them up and see what you all have created together.
Folding the Paper
Fold paper into 4 equal sections.
Fold a center crease to use as a guide to keep the drawings in the center of the paper. This will create a better result.
Completed folds needed to start drawing.
Draw the first section; then fold it under so that the other people drawing do not see what you are drawing. Repeat the process with the next 3 sections. Try to bring the drawing lines slightly into the next section. This will help the next person know where to start his or her drawing.
Once everyone is finished drawing open the drawing to see the masterpiece.
This might seem a little complicated at first. Maybe you are not sure if your child may have the skill level to follow the drawing exercise. After you try it out a few times, it may become a new favorite activity for family and friends. Just keep in mind that the drawing may not or most likely not make a bit of sense. That is what makes it fun for everyone.