I first heard of Pick and Draw a few months ago when Jolanthe did a review and giveaway on her blog, Homeschool Creations. I entered to win the giveaway because I thought Pick and Draw sounded like a perfect family game night option for families like us with kids in a wide range of reading and ability levels.
I didn’t win and I should have just ordered my own set of Pick and Draw cards, but, well, I’m a procrastinator. So, I was incredibly excited to receive an email from Pick and Draw creator, Rich Davis, asking if I’d like to review his game on my blog.
Rich Davis has been a professional artist and illustrator for many years. You can see his work in children’s books, greeting cards, and in coloring books. You can even follow his blog for regularly posted art lessons that you and your kids can enjoy together.
Pick and Draw is a game that encourages kids – and their parents – to get creative and have fun enjoying their God-given talent to create. The game was developed through Rich Davis’ interactions with kids at schools and libraries as a way for them to continue to be inspired to create even after his time with them was over.
Made up of a set of 45 cards, Pick and Draw comes packed in an easy-to-transport and store acrylic storage case, along with instruction cards that explain how to play and offer drawing tips for each step. It’s so easy to set up and play that you and your kids will be having fun in no time. You can see how to play – and even try it out for yourself – on the Pick and Draw website.
Essentially, there are cards for each of the following features of a cartoon character’s face:
You spread the cards out in stacks according to each of the components above and draw one of each, placing them face down in front of you without looking at the picture. Then, you turn the cards over, one at a time, drawing that feature before moving on to the next.
Megan absolutely loved this game! The first time we played, she was turning out drawings faster than I could count. She’d say things like, “I’m on number ten, Mom. How many have you done?”
And, my response would be something like, “Um, I’m on my second one.”
“I’m on number thirteen, Mom. What number are you on?”
Pick and Draw is the perfect game for waiting at the doctor’s office or at a restaurant. All you need are the cards, some paper, and a pencil. It’s something that all ages can enjoy, too – I know I had fun! I also love that it’s an activity that you can enjoy with your kids and still have a nice conversation with them. It’s not a game where you’re sitting there contemplating your next move or figuring out your strategy. It’s just a good opportunity to sit down with your kids, relax, and chat while you draw.
Included in the game are tips to draw out some conversation about your child’s drawings and encourage further creativity. At only $10, Pick and Draw would make a fun, interactive stocking-stuffer – and it’ll even give your kids something creative and constructive to do on the way over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this holiday season.