If you’re home during the holidays and are looking for a kid-friendly and fun craft activity for your family, this boredom-breaker I came up with a few years ago could be just the thing. It’s quick and easy to set up and can be done with nearly any supplies you have on-hand.
What you’ll need:
- Any writing surface will work: computer paper, cardstock, construction paper, even the back of all that wrapping paper from holiday gifts. We used cardstock.
- something to trace
- This is perfect for using the cookie cutters you pulled out to bake holiday cookies. Use simple shapes like we did or have fun and find unusual ones! If you don’t have cookie cutters you can get creative and trace tissue boxes, tape rolls, erasers, little toys, etc… We used the shapes from a large assorted set like this one.
- something to trace with
- Anything you have on hand! We used a pencil.
- something to draw/color with
- Once again anything you have handy will work. Crayons, markers, colored pencils…even ballpoint pens will work just fine. We used Crayola Super Tips.
Start by assembling your materials. I used a ruler to divide our pages into even sections but that’s unnecessary.
Figure out which cutters (or household objects) you want to trace and lay them out in a pleasing manner on your paper of choice.
Trace the objects and repeat so you have one set of tracings for every child or adult participating.
That’s it! That’s all the prep work you need! The goal of the game: be creative and turn each traces shape into something new.
It was fun to do and kept the kids occupied for ages while they tried to “out-think” the rest of us and come up with the most unique, original ideas. (Though as you can see from our sheets they managed to think themselves right into some similar outcomes!)
There’s no desired outcome so you can have fun and see where your kids’ (and your own!) imaginations run. In our case we ended up with:
Circle – a Pokeball, an emoji, Harley Quinn
Oval – an egg, an unimpressed balloon, a chick hatching
Rectangle – Adventure Time’s B-MO, a 500lb weight, Nyan Cat
Star – a Mario Bros star, a rainbow shooting star, Spongebob Squarepants’ Patrick Star
Square – DanTDM’s Minecraft avatar, a Minecraft Creeper, Adventure Time’s Finn the Human
Triangle – Gravity Falls’ Bill Cipher, another Bill Cipher (or general Illuminati reference lol), a poop emoji
Hopefully this easy coloring “game” can inspire imagination in your family like it has in ours.