Someone recently asked me, “What’s a fun way to spend a quality 20 minutes or so with my kid?”
Ok, that’s a lie. I just needed an intro. I will cut to the chase…
This is an oldie but goodie, meaning I used to do it as a kid!
All it takes is pencil, paper, and a silly imagination to invent…
Clipboards come in handy if you’re cozy on the couch or rug, or without a hard surface to draw on. You need at least 2 players, but 3 is fun, too!
This is perfect for ages 5 and up, and by “up” I mean that YOU will actually enjoy playing too! Also, my younger Aumies want to do everything the older Aumies do, so we let them get in on the act, too. They don’t care so much about the end result as they do about being included:
First, Fold the paper into even thirds so that the folds are facing away from you.
Decide who will draw the head/neck, body/arms, and legs/feet. The first person starts the head, then extends the neck just a tiny bit onto the next third, giving the body/arms person the right place to start. The paper is handed over folded because the whole point is no one gets to see the entire crazy creature until the very end.
The second drawer continues with the torso portion and again, extends just enough of the torso to the last third.
Finally, the legs and feet are added and it’s time to unveil…
We keep these drawings in their own 3-ring binder because they are truly fun to look at and show others. Sometimes my kids make up silly names and stories starring these crazy characters.
I love all the fine motor skills involved, like drawing/erasing with a pencil, folding paper, using a 3-hole punch, and arranging, sometimes backwards, in the binder. I also love the teamwork aspect and how much these creatures crack us up! While writing this post, I just thought of adding a twist to this activity by starting from the feet up. This could be fun at restaurants, in the car between siblings, or even on a plane!
Did you do this as a kid?