Preschool Activities and Printables

Back-and-forth Drawing

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I recently read this book about artist Mica Angela Hendricks, who has been making collaborative work with her four year old.  While I don’t have her awesome illustration skills, I still thought it would be fun to create a game out of making artwork together.  So, inspired by Hendricks (and partially by the game “Exquisite Corpse” invented by the Surrealists), we began a drawing game together.

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We started with two pieces of paper, at the same time.  We decided to make people (I use the term “people” lightly, obviously).  At the beginning, we made very loose sketches.

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After about a minute*, we traded.

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And then we traded again.  And again.  And again.  Until we had these masterpieces!  It was a fun game, and a great way to interact.  It’s also a cool way to work on turn-taking, collaboration, and sharing!

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*I had originally thought that this “game” could be timed – as in, we each work on one piece for a solid minute, and then trade – but that doesn’t work super well one-on-one with a toddler.  We just kind of went with the flow, as far as timing.

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