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Sometimes, the best games aren’t ones that come in an expensive looking fancy smancy glitzy box. Sometimes, the best games don’t cost millions of dollars. Sometimes, the best games are ones that require very little equipment. Sometimes, the best games just require a whole lot of creativity. Add a little inspiration from a book, add some paper, and a pen, and you’ve got perfection.

What am I talking about?

No, I’m not just rambling (I save that for other days  🙂 ). I’m talking about a doodle game my daughter came up with inspired by a book series that she currently loves. We had a few minutes before dinner, she asked if we could play, and I agreed. She explained how the game worked: your randomly draw a scribble. The other player then looks at the scribble and turns it into something else.

Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s not.

By the time you get your random squiggle it takes a lot of cranial power to spontaneously come up with a ‘thing’ that uses the scribble as the building block for the illustration. pic - scribble pic - scribble gameCase in point: I made this random squiggle and my big kid quickly turned it into a fish with a few flicks of the marker. When it was my turn, it took me much longer to come up with an illustration. I did it and it took a while but I loved the creativity and the brain work that was involved in this game.

When I was drawing my squiggle, it was purely random and didn’t follow any particular conventional shape for a fish. I certainly didn’t have my mind set to do a fish shape when I drew it. In fact, I was given very specific instructions to just ‘take the pen and move it around quickly and stop’. The fact that her brain then deciphers my squiggle and turns it into a fish is quite profoundly cool.

Yes, this doodle game also involves some potentially gross and humorous moments as well. See this squiggle? Looks harmless enough right? pic - scribble pic - scribble gameWell…let’s just say my daughter decided to turn it into THIS illustration. I’m not even going to say what it is but if you look closely enough, you’ll see it. My big kid cackled and laughed hysterically when she decided what she would turn my squiggle in to!

Beyond the creativity, perhaps what I love most about this doodle game is the time I got to spend with my big kid. It was quality time where we could just be together, mom and daughter, playing a simple yet powerful game. We got to laugh, we got to use our brains, but most importantly, we got to bond. Now, that’s magic.

Things to do: embrace creativity and spend quality time with the family. Try this game with your child. Take a pen, make a doodle and see what comes out of it.


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