Tips & Suggestions…
- Keep plenty of plain paper handy (copy or drawing).
- If you use a white board, have something to erase with.
- Use different mediums and items to mark your papers with such as crayons, pencils, markers and watercolor paints and a brush or a cotton swab.
- The game continues until players no longer wish to play.
- Allowing the youngest player to lead the game gives them a sense of control.
- This game helps build fine motor skills.
- Introduces/reviews cool shapes, squiggles, letters and numbers in fun and creative ways.
- Learning how to write is less stressful.
Personal Note: This game always reminded me of ‘Simon Says’ played on paper. One of my children started this game when they were very young and my other children enjoyed playing it as well. (I tend to give my kids crayons and paper regularly as soon as they stop eating them!)
This game began when I started to playfully copy what my child did and then she asked me to do something on my page so she could copy what I did. Soon we were taking turns drawing fun things.
Every so often I would incorporate lines and shapes then letters of her name and numbers along with their value among the squiggles and loop-de-loops, but mostly we made creative things on our paper and challenged the other players to copy it.
I usually play this game with very young kids and keep it fun. I never force them to do what I do and if they want to lead the play that day, I follow whatever they do. Young children tend to know when someone is trying to teach them something, so keeping a playful mood is important.