Looking for a creative way to play a game with your kids or friends? Today I will be exploring drawing games for kids and adults, so grab you paper and your pencils!
I was probably around 12 years old when I learned that my dad was actually my stepdad and that I had a biological father. My mom wanted me to get to know him so Sunday’s became my day to hang out at his house. After taking care of any chores we would always play a game and one of my favorites was the Doodle Game.
The game is extremely simple and just a lot of fun. To play the game all you need is paper and colored pencils or markers. You can also play this game using Paint on your computer just as easy. You take turns making a random squiggle or doodle on a piece of paper and then the other person would have to turn it into a drawing of sorts.
The game really challenges your visualization & creativity skills. Do you see a whale, or maybe that’s a dog chasing a cat. The combinations are nearly endless as each person has their own perspectives on it.
When my family and I visit my father on Christmas Eve, we play this game while sitting around the fireplace as one of our traditions. We come up with some crazy drawings and it is a game that everyone enjoys playing. My father does like to keep the doodles from years prior and we also take time to reflect on them.
War Game – Capture the Flag
When I was a wee lad, my brother taught me how to play a war game on a piece of paper using just a pen or pencil. We had a lot of fun playing the game over the years and it was one that I shared with many of my friends growing up.
Each player gets one edge of the piece of paper, generally using the top and bottom. Players agree on how much space they get to use for their territory, usually one to two inches. In this space then you draw your land however you want too, as long as you stay within the defined space. Lastly you then need to draw two bridges coming out from your land to meet in the middle of the map with the other players bridges.
The next step is to determine what types of military are allowed to be used and how many of each type of unit. My brother and I generally played with tanks, helicopters, & jets. The tanks were squares, helicopters were asterisks, and jets were triangles. You can add units or take away and play however you want to. You also get to place your Flag somewhere in your territory.
On you turn you were allowed to take two actions and you could choose from either moving or firing. To move, you would draw out a dotted line 10 dots long and draw your unit at the end and cross out the old one. To fire you would put your pencil at the point of your unit and flick it across the paper towards your target. If your fire line went through an enemy unit it would destroy that unit and stop there as you could not destroy more then one at a time. Now you could move twice, fire twice, move then fire, or fire then move.
The ultimate goal of the game is to capture the enemy flag by getting a unit to move onto it. The first person able to capture the enemy flag wins the game!
My sister and I liked to play this game a lot and I think that most people will be familiar with it. I know I see it often on kids placemats at restaurants and other similar activity books.
To play you need to make a grid of dots in the form of a big square. Then each player takes turns connecting two dots either up & down or side to side, no diagonal lines. When a player completes the forth side of a box they put their initial or color the inside of the box and claim it as theirs. Also, when you make a complete box, you get to go again!
There is actually a lot of strategy in this game as you don’t want to put that third line to a box down and give your opponent the chance to score. You will see long snakes develop and with getting to go again when you make a box you will be able to complete the whole snake! Once all of the boxes are made each player counts up the number of boxes they claimed and the highest number wins.
These are three great games that I have played throughout my life and I highly suggest that you give them a try. Remember that you are not trying to be an artist with any of them and just need to play and have fun.
The best part about these games is they are very easy to play and can be played on the go or while you are out and waiting. My family and I often will play these games while out at a restaurant waiting to be seated or while waiting for our food to be served. Also, don’t forget about other simple games like Tic-Tac-Toe & Hangman too!
If you have any questions about these games, please do not hesitate to ask below in the comments and I will answer them for you. Also, if you have any other drawing games that you would like to share, please do so! I have also provided a checkbox that if checked you will get a notification of any replies to your comment. Thanks for stopping by!
James W D