Pebble and scribble

Creative and fun craft ideas for children

The Shape Drawing Game

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Shape game bird

Shape game bird

I am really interested in activities that help children to develop their interest in and confidence with drawing, and this is a wonderful activity that we did as children, that I had totally forgotten about until we read the book Frida and Bear by Anthony Browne.  It is a really lovely book in which the elephant Frida and her friend Bear both love to draw, but one day Bear can’t think of anything to draw and so Frida drew a shape and gave it to bear to turn it into something. The book is a series of shapes that Frida and Bear give to each other to turn into something through drawing extra lines onto the original shape. Ted and I have done this together a number of times, and having a shape as a starting point really helps with both confidence and imagination, looking at what a shape might be turned into with a few additional lines or shapes.  Here are just a few of our drawings together – one of my favorites is Ted’s picture of a bulb growing shoots and roots.

 

Shape game super mouse

Shape game super mouse

Shape game snail and crocodile

Shape game snail and crocodile 

Ted's bulb growing

Ted’s bulb growing 

Car

Car 

Bear

Bear 

Hot air balloon

Hot air balloon 

Rabbit

Rabbit 

Helecopter

Helecopter

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