Recently I was contacted by illustrator, artist, and game creator Mr. Rich Davis. He told me about his game Pick and Draw, explained that it's especially ideal for children who are in bed due to illness and for autistic children. Since I am familiar with the needs of both a sick child and an autistic child, he thought my blog would be the perfect place for an honest review and even a giveaway. Wasn't that generous of him?
I am not usually enthusiastic about doing reviews and giveaways on my blog. But if I am presented with an opportunity to post about a product that seems relevant to the content of my blog or is something which I can happily promote then I'm game. Pick and Draw is absolutely a product that is relevant to the content of my blog. Let me tell you why.
This simple card game promotes so many of the things that I've been working on with Hunter... creativity, motor skills (particularly writing), expressing emotions/labeling emotions, independent work. Interestingly enough, it was harder for my neurotypical daughter to adjust to how it worked than it was for Hunter, my child on the spectrum. She's usually the one who initiates activity and game playing. Clearly, the straightforward nature of the game appealed to Hunter is a way that other games haven't appealed to him in the past.
While Pick and Draw is called a game, it's more like an activity. Multiple people can play at once or a person can easily play alone. You pick one of each of the following cards: face, eyes, nose, mouth, hair. And using the pictures and tips on the cards, you can create a unique cartoon character. The activity takes up very little space (a few cards, a paper (or iPad, or dry erase board, or chalk board...) both when you are using it and when you aren't. The compact nature of the game makes it ideal for people who are confined to a bed or living in a hospital. When Hunter was sick, it was really important to keep the clutter to a minimum and it was difficult to find activities that interested him that he could do from bed. Pick and Draw is ideal for use on a hospital tray or a lap tray.
Hunter also seemed to like the very straightforward, noncompetitive nature of the game. Pick and Draw provides simple, straight forward instructions and while there is a clear objective, there is no winner or loser. If you finish all 7 steps, you will have a cartoon character that you can name and for which you can make up a cool interesting story. There is nothing much stressful about that, right? No stress, no rules, no right or wrong, and a clear objective = winning!
What do the kids have to say about Pick and Draw?
"I like that you get to take a piece of paper and you get to draw a character. I like that you get to do a story of your character." -Ronin
"I really liked mostly everything about it. It's a really good game and I think it should go out into stores." -Hunter
This is a perfect gift for all children but particularly for ones who might be ill and therefore in bed a lot or who tend to fall on the "spectrum". I really appreciate the opportunity to tell you about this game. Thanks for reading.
Now for the giveaway! Mr. Davis has agreed to give one lucky winner a copy of Pick and Draw. Please share this with all of your friends, but especially the ones who would benefit from it most.
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EDIT: The giveaway is over and the winner is Shana! Congrats Shana!
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