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The Scribble Drawing Game for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
May 6, 2022
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The scribble drawing game turns drawing prompts into a fun, interactive drawing game that can be played with kids or adults.

Updated June 2022

You know that we love drawing prompts and you also know that we love drawing games, right?

Well, the scribble drawing game combines both in one interactive and fun activity for kids and adults, alike!

We often do scribble drawings at restaurants while waiting for our food. And any other time we might be waiting, like at the doctor’s office. Our kids get a big kick out of doing scribble drawings with each other. (Unlike with the back-and-forth drawing game, which they mostly like to do with an adult.)

Here’s a video showing Scribble Drawing in action! And don’t forget to scroll down to get the step-by-step instructions.

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The Scribble Drawing Game for Kids


  • Paper (any kind or size; we’ve even done this on paper napkins)
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, or markers (again, anything goes)


  1. Draw a scribble

    To start, each person scribbles something quick on their sheet of paper.

    Playing the Scribble Challenge Drawing Game with Kids

    Sometimes our kids insist that we close our eyes and don’t look at the scribble we are producing but it’s also fine to look and even make an intentional scribble before handing it to the next person.

  2. Swap scribbles

    Exchange scribbles with your partner, or, if more than two people are playing, each can hand theirs to the person on their left.

  3. Study your scribble

    Look at the scribble in front of you to see what the lines suggest or remind you of (you may want to turn it various ways to look at it from different angles).

  4. Finish the scribble

    Finally, add your own lines and marks, turning the scribble more into the thing it reminds you of.

    Maia working on a scribble challenge drawing

Then, share your finished scribble drawings with each other!

Scribble Drawings from the Scribble Drawing Game
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Here are some scribble drawings we did on plain index cards (the perfect size for stashing in your purse for restaurant or waiting room drawing sessions!).

How about you? Have you played the scribble drawing game?

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Want More Drawing Activities? Visit the Kids Art Spot where we have a Drawing Workshop for Kids. This online workshop for kids and families features 10 super fun and easy drawing activities, each with a step-by-step video tutorial and printable instructions.

More Drawing Games for Kids

Does your child want to explore the world of drawing and expand their skills? Check out our three-part Drawing Skills Master Class for kids! Your child can learn to draw at home with 3 unique modules: Line & ShapeLight & Shadow, and Perspective. With at-home video lessons and easy-to-follow printable workbooks, your child will build skills and confidence as they learn to draw!

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