Drawing Games With Jeanette Nyberg

If you haven’t already fallen in love with Jeanette Nyberg and her hilarious blog, Craftwhack, go check it out and I promise you will not be disappointed. Not only does Jeanette’s humor shine through in everything she does, but she is incredibly creative and has an awesome eye for design. After years of drooling over her blog, you can imagine how excited I was when I heard she was coming out with an art book for kids! I received a copy of Jeanette’s book for review and am excited to share it with you today.

(I received a free review copy of this book, but all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links)

Tangle Art & Drawing Games For Kids

Jeanettes book, Tangle Art & Drawing Games For Kids, is perfect for kids and adults who are looking for simple and silly drawing prompts. I love how the book isn’t just written for kids, but it’s written to kids. In the introduction, Jeanette writes,

“You are a creative kid, right? Even if you don’t think you are, you have creativity running through your whole being, and you are totally cool because of it.”

I shared this book with Karuna (7.5 years old) who immediately flipped through it and found a ton of drawing games she wanted to try. At first she wanted to try the “draw with your foot” exercise, but then she came across the Gravity Drawing activity and decided to start with that.

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This activity called for using black India ink. We didn’t have ink, so we decided to swap it out for liquid watercolor, which worked well too! This is a fun and really easy activity for kids of all ages. The instructions were to fill a dropper with ink, drip the ink in one place on the paper, and then tilt the page around in different directions to create a drawing.

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A lot of the activities in the book are great for ages 6+, but this one was so easy, even Ora (age 4) loved it. This can also be turned into a art game by having someone call out an object to try to draw just as you drop the ink onto your paper. That sounds challenging! There is a whole section of the book dedicated to games with friends, which look really fun.

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This type of gravity drawing is something we’ve done before while making abstract watercolor paintings, but I’ve never thought to try to draw an object this way. I was really curious, so I decided to give it a try as well!

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Some of the other projects that we’ll be trying soon…

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Do you know of someone who would love these types of silly art prompts? Pick up a copy of Jeanette’s book here. Or head over to Craftwhack to learn more about Jeanette and her incredible work.


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  • Jeanette April 26, 2016  

    WOOOH! I love these, and it’s so exciting to see which projects kids are attracted to doing. It’s cool when the little ones get involved too, when they see their older siblings having fun! Thank you so much for your amazing post!

    • Megan Schiller April 26, 2016  

      I was curious to see which projects Karuna would be attracted to as well, but she wanted to do so many! Really, this book is full of such great activities. I can’t wait to do more too :)

  • Crystal April 27, 2016  

    I’m at a Barnes & Noble right now… totally checking this out. Thanks for posting! My boy (once again) needs some inspiration! :)

    • Megan Schiller April 27, 2016  

      Crystal, oh good! hopefully they have it in stock.