Hello dear friends! I hope you all have had a beautiful final month of summer. My family and I spent it adventuring, traveling, days at the lake and beach, visiting family and just recently prepping for preschool! I have been a bit consumed getting my classroom together for the school year and decided for my sanity, and that of my children, I would take a few weeks off of the blog. But I’m back and so excited to start sharing ideas again. To start of out Take-A-Minute-Tuesday prompts I decided to keep it REALLY simple. Check out this fun drawing game I learned about while following TINKERLAB many years ago. Rachelle is an incredibly creative woman and I have always loved her ideas. This little drawing game especially has been a favorite of my children and I.
- Writing tool like markers or pencils
- Any additions you have laying around (foam, stickers, googly eyes, extra paper, glitter)
- Take your paper and make some cuts. I have no vision for what I want these shapes to turn out as but I find I often make them symmetrical without meaning too. They do not need to be! I might be OCD?
- Set out newly cut shapes and some writing tools
- Invite the critters…I mean children
This is so simple. Invite your children to pick a shape and get busy. You really don’t need to give them ANY instructions. Some children struggle with this, I have found, if a child is stuck in the very beginning, a few open ended questions can get the creative juices flowing and the drawing started.
“What does it look like to you?”
“If you turn it upside down what do you think it is?”
“Can you make it look pretty, or scary, or colorful?”
“I wonder if you could use ALL the green stickers on it?”
Another suggestion is to just put out the markers for the beginning of the activity. This really makes it a drawing game. Then as attention wanes, or creative juices demand for more, pull out more goodies.
Remember the objective mama-My girls ALWAYS want scissors with activities like this. EVERY SINGLE TIME I have to remind myself that the activity is FOR them, ABOUT them, and if scissors will make it more engaging then give them the dang scissors. I sometimes get caught up in what I want them to do, or what skill I think they should be working on but that is not what is most important. If it is child lead the activity will without a doubt be 100% more successful.
This little activity is a really fun one to join in on. My advice to you is to keep your creations a little abstract, especially if you join in at the very beginning. Children work very hard and it can be frustrating to look over at moms artwork and realize yours will never look as good as hers. This activity is a great way to be an example of enjoying the process and not obsessing over the finished project.
Also, just look at all the amazing small motor skills going on over here!
I hope your little ones enjoy this simple drawing game as much as we do! Let us know what you think or tag us in any of your beautiful creations!