When the boys were around four years old I randomly came up with what we now call “Art Challenge!” as a way to occupy kids at the table when the kept asking “Now what should I draw?” Miles would want to draw things but have trouble coming up with WHAT to draw and after weeks of giving him ideas this came to me. It’s a way to make an art activity led by the child’s imagination but interactive with other family members.
Give each participant a large piece of drawing paper.
Put a bunch of drawing/coloring utensils in the middle of the table.
One leader gives short instructions and everyone is supposed to participate kind of like Simon Says.
In our house it always leads to a lot of laughter and added stories about what is happening in the picture. Usually the kids don’t want to stop when I’m ready to be done and they always ask for more and more steps to add to their picture.
Here’s the one we did tonight:
Using your non-dominant hand use a yellow utensil to draw a geometric shape in the upper left corner of your page.
Using blue draw a tree in the middle of the paper.
With red draw fruit in the tree.
Use brown to draw a creature of any kind to the left of the tree.
Take a gray utensil to draw another different creature hiding behind the tree.
Pick up an orange…. and draw a scarf around the tree.
Now add green dots to the scarf.
With purple write “I can see you” above the brown creature.
Take any color of your choice and on the far right side of your paper draw weather coming towards the group.