In today’s post I’m going to share one of my favorite games. I love it because it’s simple, all you need is paper and something to draw with, you can play it almost anywhere, and it takes as long as you want to.
The way we play it involves two or more people. One person makes some line scribbles, completely random but not crowded (unless you’ve got a younger kid, then watch those scribbles fly). They give it to the other person to “find” a picture in it. Once the second player finds a picture, it’s their turn to make a random line scribble and give it back to the first player.
To find the picture, you can turn the scribbles around and look until you find something you like. Then you reinforce the picture by making its outlines darker, going over the original lines one more time, and adding details (such as eyes on a face, shading, whatever you want). If you have something to color with, go ahead, it makes it even easier to see what you found.
You know how it is: your children start whining about being hungry, and you’ve not even started making a meal yet. You want to let them help you with the cooking, but they aren’t quite old enough to let loose with a sharp knife and chopping board yet. What can you do?
Make some funny faces. And I don’t just mean stick your tongue out at your kids.
Make some funny pudding faces. They are super easy to do. They look brilliant, and they also give your children a creative AND handy way to help with food prep. These funny pudding faces are just a starting point. You can make the pudding into anything you like – my kids like faces because we get to joke about eating a nose or an eye, but feel free to do whatever you like with your kids.
This is exactly the kind of art I like – you get to make something without too much fuss or prep, and then you get to eat it. No waiting for glue to dry, no need to worry about paint on the furniture and no brushes to wash afterwards. Not only that, but it fits the nutritionist and mum and fun-factory sides of my world, and gets kids involved in choosing and making their own foods, and introduces them to new ingredients in a fun way.
What’s not to like?
You will need:
A pot of yogurt (natural, full fat organic yogurt is best, or soya or coconut yogurt if you don’t do dairy is cool too!). If you prefer, you can make your own base by blending up some berries with a banana and using that instead.
Some fresh berries: raspberries, blueberries or strawberries work well.
Some raisins, currants or other dried fruit.
Some nuts (almonds and peacans are good).
Some dessicated coconut or shelled hemp seeds.
Some pureed fruit (such as apple).
Put a few big dollops of yogurt or fruit base into a bowl and let it sit for a few minutes (so that it has a chance to spread out).
Take the fruits and nuts and use them to create eyes, a nose and a mouth.
Use the pureed fruit to create some hair (and a beard if you fancy) and then top it all off with the dessicated coconut or hemp to add a bit of life to the hair or beard.
Claire Stone is a nutritionist who thinks that first and foremost, food should be tasty, real and that you should enjoy it – no point eating low-calorie pretend food just because someone says you should. She happily jumps stalks of broccoli in her quest to help you fight your kryptonite, and find your superfuel. Get your free copy of her ebook full of Summer Detox recipes here.
Got some old magazines? Catalogues or ads in the mail? Let’s cut ’em up and put ’em to good use.
You want to find pictures with clean areas without patterns or text. Then you and the kiddos can add whatever you like on them with markers or pen and make your own collage or story. Simple and fun.
This activity is highly customizable. We used old magazines and catalogues we got in the mail, but you can find a picture online and print it instead. Or you can take a picture with your camera of things you find around you (veggies and fruit are great for this) and print it on regular paper too.
Have fun and as always, we’d love to see your results.