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A line scribble game: find the picture

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.

random line scribbles to find a picture within
One of the original scribbles. Can you find something here?
Look, it's a ninja birdie in pursuit of a spaceship
Look, it’s a ninja birdie in pursuit of a spaceship
Even Little Red Riding Hood made an appearance
Even Little Red Riding Hood made an appearance
random line scribbles and an octopus
A very happy octopus

Hope you have as much fun with this one as we do!


Characters straight out of a magazine

This is the second post of the Creative Outburst Fiesta, and it was a blast for us to do.

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.

making magazine collages
Let’s make some friends out of magazine photos

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.

Nature collage (a real stickman)

Welcome to our first post in the Creative Outburst Fiesta! I am so excited to have you here with us. Yes, with us, as there will be a few awesome guest bloggers coming in as well to share their inspired ideas. There will be crafting, playing, and of course eating.

This blogging fiesta has only one purpose: to share ideas for you to interact creatively with the kiddos in your lives. No fuss, no huge amount of preparation. Just simple and fun activities that will keep you all entertained (yes!) and playing with each other. Just remember one thing: it’s all about the process. Have fun and don’t stress!

Enough talking. Let’s go for a walk, because today’s idea begins outside.

This is an old, tried-and-true idea, but it was Pippi Longstocking that brought it back for me (Chapter 2 “Pippi is a Thing-Searcher and Gets into a Fight”).

Just like Pippi, we can go outside and become thing-searchers for fun, especially at this time of year. As both my girls and I walked, we’d find a leaf or an unusual rock and invent a name and use for it. Then we collected a few items and took them home. We placed our collection on a table, then tried to make something out of it. Of course, as it’s usually the case for us, it became a person. But you don’t have to make a stickman. It can be a structure, a nature scene on a bowl (we’ve done that before too), or anything really.

It’s all about the process, not the product.

creativity for kids using natural materials found on a walk
The making of a stickman

I’d love to see any creations you come up with!

Video: Mrs Ricefield presents (a new blog series on creative outbursts with kids)

I’m so excited that I could burst. Why you ask?

I’m starting a new series of posts here at the blog next week. And it’s going to be so Awesome!

Want to know more? Check out the deets in the video.

See you all soon!

Mrs Ricefield’s new blog and a Portland live craft event

Oh, hello there, nice to see you.

This is the new home of Mrs Ricefield’s blog. If you’re a brand new reader and would like to check out my old blog, you can find it http://noclevercraft.blogspot.com. It’s packed full of goodies and tutorials over a period of 2 years, so feel free to explore it and try out the projects.

As much as I loved it over there, it was time to move on. Mrs Ricefield is about art and illustration, and my old blog was a hodge podge of every craft you can imagine. I needed a dedicated blog for new paintings, events, news, and so on. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to maintain two blogs, so I’m saying goodbye to No Clever Craft. I’ll miss it for sure.

Speaking of missing something, if you’re in Portland (OR, not Maine) don’t miss this week’s Handmade NW event, Have a Heart for Mom Bazaar at the OHSU campus. It’s going to be insane: three days of awesome artists and crafters sharing their talent and giving 10% of the proceeds to OHSU’s Heart Research Center. I’ll be there on Wednesday, May 1st from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

poster for Heave a Heart for Mom Bazaar