Review: Pick and Draw

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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:

  • Face
  • Nose
  • Eyes
  • Mouth
  • Hair

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.

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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?”

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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.

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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.

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78 Comments

  1. We would love to have this in our home. It looks like such a fun game…and something our 4 yr old can do…even me….I can't draw a straight line and generally do not play games because I'm so tired by the end of the day…but, this I think I could wrap my brain around!

  2. This is the neatest idea! As an artist, my kids see me painting EVERY day of their lives….so naturally they always have art supplies of their own out constantly. They would LOVE this!! I went to his site and tried it out…let's be honest, I would love this too 🙂 Very cool idea!

  3. Oh what a cute game! My girls would love it. I especially like that it's not age specific, so my 5 year old will have as much fun as me or my 7 year old. (Yeah, cuz I like playing games like that.)

  4. Ironically I was just on Amazon looking for a game that did not involve a TV and a remote. This game would be perfect and looks like a lot of fun!

  5. I love this and I know my kids will. I named my character Froman because his hair looked like an afro. Even if I don't win I am going to get this for the kiddos.

  6. Maybe everyone is thinking what I'm thinking: the person who posts first never wins! But I'll go for it. That is a super fun game!! It should keep my rowdy boys entertained for at least three minutes! I'd love to win.

    sarahrebeccachapman at gmail dot com

  7. This looks very cool, a game simple enough for young kids, but not boring for adults. I love games we can all play.

  8. This game looks like a lot of fun! I've never seen it before…if I don't win I think I still might have to get it for dd for Christmas…she lacks the logical/plotting skills for most games (although we try!) so this would be right up her alley 🙂

  9. What a fun game! I love that it makes drawing faces easy by making it step by step. I'm guessing even my youngest could play this!

  10. Most of my children are distinctly lacking in the 'draw' gene, but it is a significant strength of my son. This game would be great as it looks like even my non-drawers could tackle it, but he would get to SHINE! Always looking for 'shine' moments for him.

  11. Fun! I like that it gives you suggestions to move the parts around and change their sizes!

    My son would have a blast with this!

  12. How great this game is! We are a drawing challenged family. This looks like such a fun way to draw. Would love to have this game!

  13. I tried the game on the website and really enjoyed watching my character take shape. I was surprised how easy it was! Even if I don't win, I think I might have to buy one!

  14. Oh my goodness that's so neat! Would be great for my two little guys to play while waiting for the big guys at their weekly class!
    Susan
    Sjgrip at gmail dot com

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