One day I was perusing through the Children’s book section in the library and I saw the book Frida and Bear Play the Shape Game! by Anthony Browne and Hanne Bartholin. This book is about Frida helping Bear think of things to draw. In order to accomplish this, Frida draws a shape and gives it to Bear. Then she asks Bear to “Try to turn this shape into something.”
This book encourages readers and young artists to use their imaginations to get their creative juices flowing.
My son and I read this book one night before bedtime. He thought it was a neat book and suggested we play the Shape Game. This is exactly what we did.
I will show you how to play.
- Writing Utensil such as Crayons, Markers, or Pencils
- Boogie Board (this is what we used instead of Paper and Writing Utensils)
- Draw any shape you like on paper or on the Boogie Board.
- Give the paper to your child and ask them to make the shape into a picture.
- Now have your child make a shape.
- Tell your child to give you the shape and you will make a picture from it.
My son and I had so much fun with this activity. He did not want to stop. He was excited to see what I made from his shapes.
This activity is great for spatial awareness and creativity! It is also fun to play while waiting for food in a restaurant or in a doctor’s office.