Drawing games are a brilliant way to get kids dragging a pencil across a surface and developing the budding artist in all of them. Here are some ideas for simple drawing games to get kids creative and also have some fun at the same time.
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Sometimes kids can get a bit stuck on what to draw, so drawing games are a fun way to get them inspired and creating. These drawing games will hopefully get you started:
Simple Drawing Games To Get Kids Creative
#1. Scribble It
Take a piece of paper and a pencil. Scribble all over the paper. Look at your scribble and see what stands out. Once you have found something outline it in marker then colour it in.
Or colour your whole scribble in different colours.
#2. Five Dots
Take a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. Draw five dots on the paper spaced out and then using those dots start to draw a person.
One dot will be where the head is located, two dots are the hands, and two dots are the feet. Draw your person’s outline and then start to add clothes and features and colour them in.
#3. Draw A Monster
Start with a long piece of paper e.g. an A4 sheet cut in half lengthways. Fold the paper slip in half then in half again then in half again. Unfold it and then each person takes it in turn to add to the monster.
The first person draws the head and a neck then folds it so the second person can just see the neck to continue and so on. Each time they fold it back so the next person can only see a little bit to continue. Continue until the sheet has been filled. Then unfold your monster for a big laugh!
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#4. Draw Your Hands
Draw outlines around your child’s hands on a sheet of paper. They then have to fill in the detail on the hands such as rings, bracelets, nails and so on.
Take it a step further if you have a huge roll of paper and draw around your child’s body with them lying on the paper they then have to finish themselves!
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#5. Can You Draw What You Can’t See?
One child draws something and then verbally explains to another child(ren) exactly how to draw what they have drawn. This is a good way to practice communication skills and get those little heads working together. Try it out as a party game!
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#6. Blind Contour Drawing
This is a really simple yet powerful little exercise that artists of all ages can use to help train their eyes. It’s a funny one to do with kids as the results are always amazing.
Blind contour drawing is where you draw the outline of something you look at without looking at the paper while you’re doing it. So you draw what you see not what you think you see. Kids do this really early on in their development anyway and this exercise/game brings it to the fore.
#7. Simple Shape Starter
Each person has a piece of paper and pens. Tell your kids to draw (or draw for them) a simple shape to get them started. Each person then has to create a picture based on the starting shape.
Ideas for starter shapes:
- circle or oval
- zigzag line
- wavy line
Craftwhack aka artist Jeanette Nyberg has an excellent drawing game that also helps teach geometry. It’s called Geometrees. You build up a tree using lines and triangles and then colour it in.
She has a book called Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids: A Silly Book for Creative and Visual Thinking, available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. (We get a small commission if you purchase through our links.)
#8. Wallpaper Art!
We love this idea from Artfulparent for making wallpaper art! Simply hang some sheets of drawing paper (ideally a roll of paper from an arts & crafts shop/stationers) and draw a selection of picture frames on it. Then encourage your child(ren) to make their own gallery of their favourite pictures, places or things!
Over to you! Have you other suggestions for fun drawing games for kids? Share them with us in the comments box below.