This is what Maia and I do when we are sitting at the bakery/coffee shop on the weekend waiting for our breakfast—we play a back-and-forth drawing game in the notebook I always carry in my bag.
Harry is probably reading the New York Times, Daphne is playing in the toy corner, and I’m half writing my notes and to-do lists and half drawing with Maia.
This drawing game for kids and adults is a fun and low-key way to connect through creativity.
We play it at home, at the coffee shop, while waiting for our food in restaurants, and in the doctor’s office.
Update :: I created a video of back-and-forth drawing in action!
A Back-and-Forth Drawing Game for Kids
Instructions and photos…
- A pen or other drawing tool
One person starts the drawing with something simple and quick. For example, I might draw circle or a line, a pair of eyes, or the outline of a house.
Then we just take turns adding elements back and forth.
Or, as in the drawing above, I start it (with the head circle) and Maia starts drawing and just doesn’t stop.
Other times we both contribute about evenly to the drawings. We add dialogue and thought bubbles for an added element of fun and interaction.
Tic tac toe is a regular waiting game for us, with or without the drawings (as you can see throughout these pages…), and Maia often starts a tic tac toe game on our back-and-forth drawing.
Here’s a back-and-forth drawing of a house, with occupants talking to each other.
Here’s Maia’s request to play tic tac toe.
Our drawing game doesn’t always turn into tic tac toe, but today’s examples seem to be. :)
More Drawing Games for Kids
- The Combination Man or Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game
- An Interactive Heart Drawing Game
- Simon Says, Draw! An Interactive Drawing Game for Kids
- A Quiet-Time Drawing Game for Kids
- The Scribble Challenge Drawing Game
How about You? Do you play drawing games with your kids? If so, I’d love to hear about them! I’m always looking for new drawing game ideas…
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