We enjoy a good ole drawing game such as Pass It On, or a creative workout with shape stickers. We recently played another drawing game whereby we used dice to determine the number of shapes to be drawn to create a picture. Our game was inspired by Rachelle Doorley and her Art Dice in her book,  Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide For Little Inventors on page 79.

Materials required:

~ 2 Dice (we used wooden blocks). On one die write down numbers (we used 1-6). On the other die draw six different shapes.

~ Coloured pens and pencils

~ paper

Drawing game - drawing using a certain number of shapes

How to play:

To play this game, each player requires a piece of paper and access to drawing materials. One player rolls each die and the combination rolled determines what each player draws on their paper – for example, if a number three is rolled and a rectangle, then each player draws three rectangles on their paper with the aim of transforming the random shapes into a picture.  We agree to the number of turns each player will have at the beginning of the game (however, we often extend this in order to complete our pictures) Miss Five prefers to play this game collaboratively and we will work on one picture with all of the players (as opposed to each of us drawing our own creations).

Drawing Game - Shape Pictures

It is exciting to see the drawings evolve with each toss of the dice.

Some of our creations include:

A lady. Turning the shapes upside down and on their sides (such as the hearts in this picture) adds to the creative designs.

Drawing game - dice with numbers and shapes - drawing of lady

Zin Zin Zab a character which speaks in a very robotic tone!

Drawing game - dice with numbers and shapes - drawing of a character

 A surprised Queen:

Drawing game - dice with numbers and shapes - drawing of a character with crown

A clown:

Drawing game - dice with numbers and shapes- drawing of a clown

Birds:

Drawing game - dice with numbers and shapes - drawing of birds

A quiet street:

Drawing game - dice with numbers and shapes - drawing of houses

This is a simple game to set up and inspires players to think in creative ways to draw a picture. At times, the roll of the dice might mean a change of plans as the original vision for a picture seems no longer viable – that’s all part of the fun and challenge!