This past weekend I had 5 preteens hang at my house for an evening in order to celebrate my 11yr. old daughter’s birthday. One thing I do when having a group of kids over is to try to have at least 2-3 structured activities available. This helps keep things a little calmer (though with 5 girls, I don’t think it ever got calm! )
One activity on our list was to create a custom canvas. Each girl received a blank canvas and a wooden letter. We pulled out the paint and brushes and let them create!
I seriously thought this activity would take at least a half-hour, but the girls blazed through it! (The projects did turn out cute though.)
Pick and Draw to the Rescue!
To the rescue– my homeschool closet of games and goodies. Since we needed to fill some time before the pizza came, I pulled out our game of Pick and Draw. Pick and Draw is a great non-competitive game activity– perfect for our party– and it fit in our art theme!
Each participant is given 5 cards- face, nose, eyes, mouth, and hair cards. These are placed face-down in front of each player (or the whole group can draw from the same set of cards.) Flip over the face card and draw the shape on the card. Do the same for the rest of the cards and you end up with a funny cartoon character.
Look at that face! Yes, there was lots of laughter— and no, they weren’t laughing because someone couldn’t draw– they were laughing because they were having fun! You don’t have to be an artist to play this game. You won’t feel lame because you don’t have drawing skills. Anyone can play! That’s what makes this a perfect party activity. It is not based on skill and it is not competitive. It does allow for creativity, laughter and fun.
Use Pick and Draw for Learning and More
Now this game is more than a time-filler. You can use this on family game night, as part of your art curriculum, writing curriculum and more! The Big Book of Pick and Draw (which is purchased separately from the game) is filled with ideas from various educational professionals on how to use PAD for learning. Rich also has a whole chapter on how to use Pick and Draw to share the gospel. It is the perfect size to carry along on mission trips. You don’t need to know the language in order to play this game– you just copy the image on the card. It is a great ice-breaker activity.
Rich Davis, the creator of Pick and Draw is giving me two sets of Pick and Draw to give away to two of you! Of course you can still go ahead and purchase a couple of sets-- they make great birthday gifts, OCC shoebox gifts (I’m thinking ahead), a tool to take along on a mission trip or to bless a missionary with, perfect for your classroom or homeschool, great for youth groups and more! They are only $10 and if you buy 3, you get free shipping.
The giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18yrs. and older. Please see my complete giveaway rules. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.
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