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Scribble Swap

Swap your scribbles and turn them into an art piece!

What you’ll need: Any size of paper, coloured pens or pencils and a partner to play with.

What’s it for?

This interactive activity will help you to welcome and appreciate other people’s ideas and learn to accept unpredictable changes along the way as you create a piece of art through swapping scribble with a partner. This will help you build even stronger relationships and learn to cope with changes in your life. It could also be great fun on road trips or long bus rides.

Check In:

Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.

  • How are you feeling?

  • What are you thinking?

  • How does your body feel?


  • You will need to find a partner to join you with this activity.

  • Take a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper each. Close your eyes and each of you draw a scribble.

  • Swap your papers and look at the scribble in front of you. Try to think of what it reminds you of, what it already looks like or what you would like to do with this scribble. You may need to turn the paper around and look at it from different angles. Add your own drawing elements and colour it in to develop it into your own artwork.

  • Share your pictures with each other.

Extra Activity: You could play this game in a larger group of family or friends. Each of you draw a scribble and pass it on to the person on your left. Each of you take a scribble in front of you and transform it into your own piece of art. Share and discuss your pictures in the group or with the person next to you.You could take a picture of a scribbles the final artworks to see how they developed.

When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did you learn anything new about yourself while you did this activity?

  • How did you feel about giving away your scribble?

  • How did you feel when your partner transformed your scribble? Was it difficult or easy to accept the changes made on your paper?

  • Is it difficult or easy to accept changes happening in our lives?

  • Was it easy or hard to develop the scribbles into a picture?

  • What does your final artwork represent?

  • What do you think about how your original scribble was developed? What was the most surprising?


This activity helps you to develop your creativity and imagination. It also helps to foster stronger relationships, a sense of teamwork and acceptance of different perspectives and unpredictable changes.

Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?

If you would like to, share something about your experience with this activity with someone you live with! Ask the person who looks after you to send us an email if you have any questions or comments about the activity or would like to send us any pictures ( Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!

Created by Karolina Koman © April 2020


Creative Arts Used: Art

Psychological Areas Explored: Resilience, Relationships, Self-Exploration

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These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.

This website was made by CAT Corner to help you explore your feelings through fun creative arts activities. The people using the website and the people responsible for them need to make sure they stay safe (full disclaimer on About page).

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