Activity Plan 5-6: Collaborative Drawings
This activity literally supports the old adage that "Two hands are better than one"!
- Grades: PreK–K
- large sheets of white drawing paper
- drawing materials including markers, crayons, pastels, colored chalk, and pencils
- old magazines for cutting
- child safety scissors
- glue sticks
- sentence strip paper
- optional: number spinner from a game
Objective: Small groups of children will create collaborative drawings to encourage the development of creative thinking, fine-motor, and cooperation skills.
1. Tell children that they will work in small groups to make a collaborative picture. Explain that they will each take turns and add something to the picture. They can draw or cut out pictures from magazines to glue onto the paper
2. Divide the class into groups of four or five, Invite one or two groups to work at a time. Provide each group with the suggested art materials and one large sheet of drawing paper.
3 Have the children use a number spinner from a game to determine the order they will go. If a spinner is not available, write individual numbers on small sheets of paper and let them choose a number from a hat or container.
4. Ask each group to decide on a specific theme or topic for their drawings. Children can also create the drawing as they go along. Encourage them to discuss and plan what they would like to do before they begin.
5. After everyone has had a turn, ask children to decide if the drawing is complete. If not, allow everyone to take another turn until they feel that it is finished. Remember, some children may not enjoy drawing as much as others and they may be content to just do one drawing or may prefer cutting pictures from magazines. Encourage children to work together to add a background or to color in their work.
Curriculum Connection: LITERACY
Every Picture Tells a Story. After children have finished, meet with each group to create a collaborative story about their drawing. Take dictation and record it onto sentence strips or lined paper. Ask each group to present its drawing and story during class meeting time. Create a wall display to highlight their collaborative work. Have the class make a language experience chart to explain the purpose and process of the activity.
Harold's Fairy Tale by Crockett Johnson (HarperCollins, 1994)
Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle (Putnam, 1998)
Why Write? by Daniel Moreton and Samantha Berger (Scholastic Inc.)