Take a piece of paper and fold into 8 parts. Grab your textas or crayons.
You will give your children a prompt and they draw something inspired by that prompt in one of the spaces on the paper.
When they are done, you provide another prompt to use for the next space.
Prompts that I have been using include descriptive words that can be interpreted many ways:
I don’t use words like dog, tree, house or person that will result in everyone drawing the same thing.
different types of lines and patterns: wavy, zigzag, squiggly, straight, curved, broken, pointy, spiral, curly
shapes: circle, triangle, star, heart, round, cross, square, closed, organic, angular
textures: bumpy, jagged, smooth, stripy, dotty
movements to make: scribble, fast, slow
size: tiny, long, short, thick, thin
This game is a great exercise in creative thinking, a descriptive vocabulary builder and provides drawing practise.
Here’s an example from my eldest son:
The eight prompts were cross, triangle, wavy, big (this is dad and dad has a big belly), curvy, spotty (this is a spotty dog – not sure why he didn’t give the dog spots in the picture, but he drew this because dogs have spots), long, curly.
Different children will interpret this differently. Some will draw an object that represents the word you have said. Some will fill the space with a pattern that represents the word. My youngest son was more likely to fill his spaces with a pattern, for example, lots of crosses or lots of dots.