The other day I was working on preparing for the upcoming school year, which meant that the kids were left to fend for themselves. Occasionally my youngest finds herself a little lost in figuring out what to do. My husband grabbed her, gave her a marker, and they started playing what he calls: "Add on Art." The game is very simple. Each player gets a marker, and then they take turns adding a line, squiggle, dot, circle, or whatever small element of design to the page (or whiteboard). As lines combine, an image might begin to appear. Then the players can work on developing the idea together. It's a cooperative game as opposed to a competitive game. The first line of the drawing below was the curved line that now forms the mouth. The goal of this art game is not to perfect the techniques of drawing, but rather to play with shapes and see what creative images emerge. As they worked together, my daughter was so encouraged by the attention of her daddy. It's amazing how a simple game can change the outlook of the day. This won't be art that is framed on the wall, but it can produce some fun products, but it is pretty cute! We have also played this game in the car on the iPad. We love the drawing app "Paper". Instead of having two markers, we just pass the iPad back and forth. It requires patience for the one waiting for their turn, but that's a great skill to practice as well. Here are some of our creations: Anything that strengthens relationships, cultivates creativity, and engages my kids is a game that I like to keep in my back pocket to pull out to diffuse a potentially negative situation. Try it - it only takes a few minutes! Let me know how your add on art game goes with your kids!
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.