I'm no artist, but this deck of cards got me hooked on drawing
in minutes! If you have a child who yearns to develop confidence
to draw faces (or if you're the one yearning for that confidence!),
then this inexpensive card deck is the perfect solution. The hard
plastic container keeps them all neatly together and ready to use.
The stack of 52 glossy cards includes several instruction cards
to put aside for use. The remaining cards can be divided into five
piles of nine cards each, and they are clearly labeled by color
and word: Face, Nose, Eyes, Mouth, and Hair. Without looking at
the face of the cards, the budding artist can simply pick one from
each pile. Be sure to have paper and pencil ready!
Play begins with the Face card first. Flipping the card over reveals
an easy-to-duplicate shape to draw, ranging from kidney-shaped
to triangular. The accompanying instruction card for this step
offers simple tips, such as leaving enough space for other features
later. The drawing continues by flipping the Nose card to find
a rather unique facial feature; then Eyes, Mouth, and Hair cards
follow. These are all humorous and unique, so no matter which is
chosen for the drawing, the results will be fabulous and expressive!
Because there is an instruction card to match each step, it's easy
to succeed at creating a cartoon-style face every time. Helpful
tips on the instruction cards include varying the size to achieve
very different results and how to add ears, among others.
My daughters range in age from 6 to 12, and they have all enjoyed
this card set--as have I! Having the variety of shapes to copy
made it possible to gain drawing confidence and to enjoy the thousands
of possible results. While this is certainly useful for playtime
or long road trips, it also could be used to create characters
for a story or a play.
We have found this simple deck of cards to be a lightweight addition
to our travel bags or a quick activity to enjoy when a friend drops
in. For additional fun, Rich Davis also has a drawing blog and
website which offer other drawing projects and insights about art.
I highly recommend this drawing game for kids of all ages.