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Feel and Draw


October 3, 2017

Feel 'n Draw is a visualisation activity. Visualisation is an important skill for developing a child's imagination and cultivating an innovative and problem solving mindset.

Material Required

Non-transparent plastic bags or paper bags or envelopes

Small objects, different in shape and size (have at least one object per player)

  • Ideas for objects: Key chain, key, tennis ball, notebook, earphones, watch, hair clips, paper clips, showpieces, soft toy, a scarf, rice grains, paper crumpled into a ball, ruler, marble, glue stick, different leaves, variously shaped stones, cotton, a playing card, whistle, pen spring, face wash tube, a small doll, a doll’s dress, strip of tablets, candy / chocolate, a toy car, etc.
  • Do not use any objects that are sharp or have pointed edges. For example, do not use a scissor, a nail-cutter, a needle, a knife, etc.

Blank sheets of paper to draw

Colors – sketch pens or wax crayons or color pencils






Guidance for facilitator

A facilitator’s role is to conduct the activity – put together the material, give instructions, ensure fairness and no cheating, keep score, ask reflection questions and summarise the learning. Any extra tasks will be mentioned in other sections.

The facilitator (parent / teacher) could also participate in the activity as a player.

The facilitator does not have to take on the role of a teacher. Be careful that you don’t start preaching to the players from your own life experiences.

Set up the activity like a game, to be fun. Do not make it stressful for the players such that they feel that they are being tested.

How to Play?

Play Steps

1Setting up the activity:

  • Prepare the bags by putting one object in every bag.There should be at least one bag per player. Do not let anyone else see the objects before starting the activity.
  • Have the players sit in a circle.
  • Hand out two blank sheets, pencils and colors to every player.

2Start the game.

3Give instructions:

  • Each player will get one bag. Do not peek inside the bag and look.
  • On my signal, everyone will put a hand inside their bag and feel the object that is there inside the bag. No looking.
  • As you touch and feel the object, you should begin to visualise it in your minds.
  • After 30 seconds, you will get a signal to stop. You must remove your hand from the bag and put the bag away.
  • Then you start drawing the object as you visualized it in your minds. Use the paper and the colors given to you. You are not allowed to touch the object again.

4Give a bag to each player.

5Start the timer.

6After 30 seconds, instruct the players to remove their hands from the bags and start drawing.

7Give the participants 10 minutes to draw and color.

8After the time is up, instruct everyone to stop drawing.

9Now, the players can peek inside their bags and take a look at the object that they just drew.

  • Players should look at their own object privately without revealing it to anyone else
  • Players should not peek into any other player’s bag

10Next, players sitting opposite each other will exchange their bags and repeat the activity from steps 2 to 8 with the second object.

  • If you have prepared more bags, then every player can be given a new bag instead of exchanging with each other.

11After the players have finished drawing the 2nd object, they can now see the object in their bags and also reveal it to everyone.



Discuss / Reflect (At the end of Game)

1Was it difficult to picture / visualise the object without actually seeing it? What made it hard or easy?

2What are the other times when you visualise things without actually seeing them?

  • possible answers: when I am thinking of a certain food item, when I listen to a story, when someone is describing a movie scene, etc.

3What made you use a certain colour for the object when you haven’t seen the object?

  • possible answers: my mom has a scarf of the same color, my doll’s dress is yellow, my neighbour’s car is red, etc.

4Why are visualised images of the same object so different? (hold up any two drawings of the same object done by different players)

5Conclude: Our past experiences influence our imagination. We use old information wherever possible to understand new things. That is how we are able to visualise something without even looking at it or by simply hearing about it.

Tips & Variations

1When the players start drawing, remind them that it is not necessary to draw perfect pictures. It is important to capture all features and structure of the object. This activity is not about drawing skills.

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This is a great activity!