Help your teens pass the time with a creative paper-and-pen activity.

Drawing Games for Teens

by Laura Roberts

Who knew you could keep those teens busy with nothing but a sheet of paper and a pen? Bring out the laughter and camaraderie with a series of drawing games for a group of teens. Whether the young people are artistically inclined or stick-figure pros, they will love it if you challenge them with a game surrounding the principles of drawing. Through team games and individual efforts, engage the teen's minds and imagination.

1. Guessing Games

Gather the teens into multiple teams, and give each group their own paper and pens. Set the timer, and have one team member silently draw something while his teammates try to guess what he is drawing. For added entertainment, keep the drawings within a certain theme, such as camping, sports or movies. If you have a group of teens who know each other well, add a twist to the game. Assign each one to draw the same thing, such as a tree. Fold up the pieces of paper into a basket, and have a teen pull out one drawing at a time while the others quietly write down which friend might have drawn that picture. For each round, the young people can get one point for each correct guess.

2. Timed Drawing Games

Take your group of teens on a nature excursion to find something simple like a leaf, flower or pine cone. When they get back to a writing surface, challenge them to draw that item in as much detail as possible within five minutes. Hand out a new piece of paper and give them 60 seconds to again draw their nature find. In subsequent rounds, work down to 30 seconds and 10 seconds – all while drawing the same item. Compare drawings and note the shape similarities at each level.

3. Sightless Drawing Games

Challenge your teen’s spatial awareness with a drawing game he will have to complete without looking. Allow your child to stare at an object for 60 seconds. For this project, something with simple lines will work best, such as a teapot or an open book. Next, blindfold your teen, hand him a paper and pen, and have him try to draw the outline of what he saw. Advance through multiple levels of the game with various shapes of objects.

4. Pass the Line Drawing

If you have a group of teens, play “pass the line drawing,” which is similar to a continuous story. Hand each young person a piece of paper and pen, and have them start drawing something. In ten seconds, they each have to pass their drawings to the left and add onto the new drawing for ten seconds. Continue passing the drawings around the circle until they are complete. The teens can keep the shapes abstract or stay within a certain theme, such as roller coasters.

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