I was inspired by an email a friend sent me to do this drawing activity with my 6yr old daughter. (It is also similar to a game my mother-in-law calls ‘consequences’ where you draw a head fold the paper and pass it to the next person who draws the torso followed by the last person who draws the legs on – often resulting in brilliant random characters.)
We both write a few different subjects onto pieces of paper – hospital/magic garden/sweetie-land/pirate ship etc. fold them and put them in a bowl. We then each pick one out and start drawing – sometimes to a timer for 5-10 mins. We then swap over pictures and carry on each others drawing.
It’s great to see the unpredictable outcomes and you can have fun adding things you know the other person might find funny (Minty enjoyed adding a willy to my troll!) From my perspective it makes me less precious about the final drawing and simply enjoy the moment. Children always open the mind of adults with their unconventional way of looking at things. For my daughter and I it’s a great way of bonding over our shared love of art.