Do your kids like to draw? Do you ever play drawing games?
If you’re looking for a fun drawing board game to play with non-readers, I’ll walk you through how we did this with Cranium.
A little background
The other day my kids and I were cleaning out the garage. Well, really it was me while they loitered, moved things around, and made a lot of noise.
My 3-year old found an old, but never-before-opened game of a Cranium. She adores opening new packages and ran into the house for a pair of scissors.
Once the box was open and she was done exploring its contents, she asked if we could play. I love how open-minded and full of enthusiasm children can be.
If you look at the packaging I think it recommends this game for age 18 and older, so it wasn’t exactly age-appropriate, but we played a version that she enjoyed and I think it could work in some capacity for kids of all ages.
I searched through the deck of cards for something that she had some chance of drawing (and understanding). Which meant “no” on Devil’s Food Cake, Card Shark, and Wicked Witch of the East, and “yes” on Mermaids, Bubble Bath, and Potty (short for Potty Training).
How to Play Cranium with Non-readers
I pulled out a card and read it to her while she looked on (and maybe picked up on how letters form words). Then she drew it to the best of her ability.
This part was the most fun for me, and in some cases frustrating for her. In the picture above, she was challenged to draw a mermaid and asked me if she could look at a picture of one. I pulled up a drawing of Disney’s Little Mermaid, she gave it her best effort, exclaimed that it looked nothing like a mermaid, and this exercise ended with, “it’s your turn.”
Then I drew one (a potty) while she guessed what I was drawing. Despite years of drawing classes, my drawing barely looked like a potty and it took her forever to make a correct guess. I think it helped her to see me struggle, showing that we can’t always create the things that our brains envision. At least I hope that’s what happened.
Back to her…she got to draw bubble bath…
Again, I was so curious to see how she would tackle this challenge. She chose a blue crayon….
Drew some water along the left side of the paper and bubbles on the right side. Ah, a bubble bath! We played a total of about 5 drawings before she was done.
If I were to do this again, I’d make my own cards with words of things that are in her drawing vocabulary: flowers, people, rockets, and rainbows. And I’d include a few things just outside of her drawing ability: house, bike, tree, bunny.
But venus flytraps and Hawaiian shirts may have to wait another 15 years.
More drawing games
Art Dice: A fun tool for creating randomly-created art. Also good for teaching shapes, colors, lines, etc.
Slide Drawing: A roll of paper and some crayons turn a slide into more than a downhill ride
Drawing Shadows: Play with sidewalk chalk on a sunny morning or afternoon
Organic Shape Monsters: You just need some string, a drawing tool, and a big imagination.
Hole inspiration: Draw around holes cut into a sheet of paper (The Artful Parent)
Challenge Drawings: Cut out shapes of paper and see what you can turn them into (The Artful Parent)
Pick and Draw Art Game: A deck of drawing cards reviewed by The Chocolate Muffin Tree
A simple way to learn how to Draw Circles from Lessons Learnt Journal
Stuck in a waiting room? Save this fun waiting room drawing idea (Mama Smiles)
Do you have a favorite drawing game or post about a drawing game?