PLAYING TOGETHER AT HOME
by Preschools and Infant-toddler centres – Istituzione of the Municipality Reggio Emilia, and Reggio Children
The group game we’re suggesting here is a variation on a well-known game you can find online, which has its origins in a game invented by the Surrealists in 1925.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR CHILDREN
What you need: some sheets of paper
Number of players: two or more
The end result will depend on how much paper you have and how many people play.
The game consists of players taking it in turns to make drawings of animals.
One person begins by drawing an animal or part of an animal on the paper, without telling the others what it is. Then they fold the paper to cover the drawing and pass the paper on.
The second player has to connect up with the end of the first person’s covered drawing and use it to start a new one of a different animal or part of an animal. Then, in turn, they pass the paper on to the next player, careful to hide their own drawing.
The number of turns will depend on the number of players. If people are keen to carry on you can add more sheets of paper to your scroll.
When everyone has finished, spread out the paper and you’ll find you have a small zoo, where each animal has been created from the one before.
In the example we show here, only very small parts of the drawings are left uncovered. Naturally, the bigger the piece you can see the more complicated the game becomes
Subjects can change: animals, faces, flowers, boats, aeroplanes, and lots more you’ll be able to think of.
However, the basic rule never changes: each drawing starts and takes its shape from part of the drawing that went before.
Like a thread joining up the pieces of everything we draw.