Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Pick and Draw Card Game

Reported by Erika Martin
I’m a sucker for card games. I also happen to be a sucker cartoon drawing. I carry a pack of playing cards in my purse that comes in very handy when we’re trying to pass the time while out and about. I took it out when we were at IHOP and waiting for our food during a busy lunch rush and the kids and I played a quick few rounds of Go Fish. I also carry a small notebook in my purse, along with pencils, erasers and a pencil sharpener. The kids know they can always dig in my purse and find something to pass the time with if they get bored and impatient. I’ve now added a new deck of cards to my purse. The Pick and Draw game.

I have two kids. Zach is 12, autistic and very creative. He loves to draw and use his imagination. He’s always drawing pictures for his sister to color. Elise is 11, and has a wall in her bedroom covered with her amazing drawings. I love that both of my kids can find hours of entertainment with simple coloring tools and paper. It’s one of those pasttimes when they actually engage with each other quite well.

Pick and Draw was created by Rich Davis, a children’s book artist, and it was created to be used in presentations to children of all ages at public libraries and schools. Rich had a vision “to see childen unlock new pathways of visual thinking to empower them, and do it in an unsuspecting fun way.” When he saw kids and parents come alive in their creativity, that’s when he knew Pick and Draw had a life of its own and wanted to get out to the world.

So, what is Pick and Draw?
Here’s what the Pick and Draw website has to say about the card game:
  • Pick and Draw is a fun, one-of-a-kind drawing game that teaches you how to make very creative cartoon faces.
  • There are 60,000 different possibilities in the game (a deck of cards – there are 9 cards each of 5 different categories: face, nose, hair, eyes and mouth).
  • The game uses mainly simple shapes everyone already knows how to do thereby giving confidence to those who try.
  • It is simple and easy to use providing endless hours of fun and learning. In five minutes or less you will know how to play.
  • It can be used by one person or by any group number.
  • It also opens up creative thinking and using the imagination.
  • This makes “success” possible providing a good kind of confidence to encourage continued learning.
  • Best of all, it’s a lot of fun!

The deck of cards includes 7 instruction cards that walk you through how to play the game.

Here’s a quick overview video showing Rich using this game in school settings.
Rich also has a really cool blog that my daughter loves keeping up with, as she’s always looking for new ways to draw and enjoys making pictures for her friends and to add to her sketchbook.
What I really found interesting about Pick and Draw was that Rich recommends this game for children on the Autism Spectrum and those with neurodevelopmental disorders. Because my son, Zach, is autistic, I was fascinated by the concept of the game. For kids with these disorders, Pick and Draw:
  • Promotes motor skills and flexible/creative thinking
  • Is engaging: both relational and simple
  • Develops decision making skills
  • Works on comparing and contrasting
  • Builds confidence
  • Is small and mobile for use anywhere
  • Is a great story telling tool
Pick and Draw is easy learn and play and you can even try it out yourself on their website.
The Pick and Draw game is only $10 for the deck and it comes in a sturdy plastic case. (I keep mine in a zip-loc baggie in my purse just for safe keeping.)
Elise and I like to play this game together and she even asks me to play it with her. We both started with the same cards for this round.

Here are the two pictures that Elise labeled (her nickname at home is “Girly”). Notice how she turned the nose one way and I turned it a different way. She made her mouth smaller and I made mine bigger. It’s amazing that you can give two people the same cards and they come up with something so different…or even a little similar but with their own personalities.

Here’s a couple videos of my kiddos using the Pick and Draw game. I even love to sit down and draw with the kids so this game isn’t just for kids. It’s for the young and the young at heart.
Here is the cartoon that Elise drew in the first video. The nose hair cracks me up and I love that she added a beauty mark after she was finished.
And here are the cards we used for Zach and Elise’s drawings in the second video.

Elise’s cartoon is on the left and Zach’s is on the right.
Here’s another fun cartoon that Elise drew using the cards in the Pick and Draw game.

Being that Zach is autistic and also has ADHD, he doesn’t have the world’s longest attention span. It’s awesome to see him sit down and actually engage in a game for a little while. I love the little giggles and noises he makes when he turns over the cards and draws. He truly finds this game funny.
While Zach can sit through one or two rounds of the game at a time (he’s getting better with his attention span – another great benefit of this game), his sister, Elise, will keep playing over and over again and when she’s done with all the cards, she wants me to shuffle them all over again and keep going. When she found out there were 60,000 different possibilities in the game, she said she wants to do every single one of them! This game was a life saver on a recent road trip we took to Niagara Falls at the end of April. We had a 7 hour drive home and my daughter was getting bored, so I pulled out the deck of cards and she took out her sketch pad and colored pencils and the next hour went by SO fast and SO fun! You should have heard the giggles and laughter coming from the back seat of the car. Well, the front seat, too, since David (my hubby) and I were laughing at every cartoon Elise drew.
  • Only $10 for the deck of cards – inexpensive gift for teachers, friends, doctors offices, families, kids, Sunday School teachers, etc.
  • Comes in a sturdy plastic case
  • 7 step-by-step instruction cards included in the game
  • Coated heavy-weight cards that will stand up to lots of use
  • 60,000 different possibilities of cartoon drawings in one deck of cards
  • Great game for kids and adults of all ages
  • Wonderful tool to use with kids on the autistic spectrum and with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Fun way to engage socially and use imagination and creativity
  • HOURS of endless fun
  • Everyone wins in this game! No losers!
  • This isn’t really a con, but the only thing I would love to see is additional sets of cards that can bought with even more facial options. I’m hoping that with the “Game 1” printed on the top card of the deck, it means that Rich Davis will be putting more Pick and Draw games out with new options.
I honestly couldn’t find another con but that one. This game has a permanent place in my purse and goes with us everywhere. If only I could teach my dogs and cats how to play when the kids are in school! With summer vacation coming up, I seem to be the “neighborhood mom” and every kids on the street ends up in my yard. When they get bored, this is going to be the perfect game to pull out for them. I’m also looking forward to using this game with a table full of adults. Good times!

The creator of Pick and Draw is giving one lucky reader a game of their very own. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

What games does your family play? Would this be something your kids would love too?

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!
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37 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Pick and Draw Card Game

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    {VICKI} June 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Yes, my son would like it–he’s always wanting to learn how to draw new things!

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    Rebecca June 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    How coool is that! Thanks for showing us this product – I had not seen that before! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win 🙂

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    Heather June 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    I would love to play this!!! and my kids would too! Would love to have this for summer.

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    smahrty June 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    My family plays lots of games. They love the cadoo games and card games alot. they would love this one as it is sorta like pictionary which is also a fave.

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    Linda June 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I would love to play this game with my granddaughter. She has learning disabilities, and this would be great for her. Thank you for showing it and for the possibility to win it. Linda E.

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    jjocarlson June 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    All my kids love to draw! They would love play this! This is something I could get the whole family to do together, So cool!

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    Rebecca Ednie June 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    My son would go crazy for this pack of cards! He loves to draw but often can’t decide or think of what to draw. I’m going to have to get these for him!

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    Leisa June 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    When our family waits at a restaurant, we get a piece of paper or napkin and draw a picture together. One person starts & draws one thing, then passes the paper and the next person adds one thing and so on. I think we’d have a lot of fun with this card game

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    Susan Elliott June 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I’ve passed on this info to a friend with an autistic son and would love get a set to use at the summer cooking camp I host. We’re always looking for fun new activities.

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    McStamper June 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    We play all kinds of games and I know my grandsons would love this. I am definitely going to purchase it.

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    LaceTopDesigns June 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    All 3 of my boys (age 3,5 and 7 would absolutely LOVE this game. Perfect for coffee shop visits and long car journeys to keep them amused.

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    huntla1 June 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I love this. I don’t have children of my own but do often entertain my friend’s kids. This would be great to have on hand to help with that entertaining. FUN!

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    Ann June 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    My nephews would love this game. Truth be told, I would love this game!

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    Scrappin' Mama June 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    My family loves to play pretty much all of the Cranium games – they are great with little kids 🙂 I think the pic and draw would be a great game for my kids, especially during the summer months when we are looking for things to do!

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    funkycrafter June 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    what a fun thing to have on hand for visiting kids that get bored in our house with no electronic games. no one could resist this game. great find!

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    Barb June 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    I am delighted to see a fun family game that does not include batteries. This game is a wonderful tool to help children enhance their small motor skills. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    cat June 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    my family would love this game. my grandkids are always asking me how to draw something (like they think that I should know everything lol) and this would help out while having fun learning. thanks

    cat s.

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    Karen June 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I would love to give this a try with my daughter, with summer here and school out as of today any and all activities we will be doing!!

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    Cindy deRosier June 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    That looks so fun! We play a ton of games around here- just about everything, and we’re obsessed with drawing. The perfect combination!

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    nopinkhere June 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    This sounds like fun! Although it’s the kind of thing I hope my son will like and then he doesn’t. I guess I could always play by myself!

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    rilojane June 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I think my family would love this!! We’re Scattergories people. We also love a little Pyramid (like the ol’ $25,000 Pyramid with Dick Clark).

    This game looks like it’d be great for all people of all skills.

    Love it (and love the price)

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    Mary R June 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Gosh we play alot of games – monopoly, life, battleship, UNO, chutes and ladders. Our family loves games. My kids would totally love this. Both of my boys (ages 11 and 8) are artistic. My oldest is high functioning Autism (aspergers) and art is his “thing”

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    JannaB June 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Very cool game, this game may help me get my son to turn off the video games for a bit. That would be nice.

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    rush June 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    we don’t play games at home, but my grandkids do, and a couple of them are young enough to have fun with this.

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    isabel scrap June 10, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    I’m sure my boys would like it, so funny

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    Vitoria B June 10, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    We love every games : card games, pictionary, yam’s…
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    K Hutchinson June 10, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    This looks like so much fun! I think my boys would freak over it! I always carry UNO in my purse 🙂

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    Sue D June 10, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    My granddaughter would love this!

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    ellen lord June 10, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    the kids just plain love games! from pokemon to sorry! to candyland, they love them all. plus they adore drawing and coloring. i think they would love this!!

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    Isabel Z June 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    We like to play charades and Scrabble. This would be a great one b/c my kids love to draw!

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    LisaAnn June 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    We play a lot of board games, do tons of crafting and lots of drawing. My girls really love this game now that they have seen it 🙂

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    Kellie Conklin June 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    We love to play board games such as Apples to Apples and Guesstures. We also love playing pictionary, so I definitely think this is a game that would go over well! I love that it is so quick and personalized to each child! Thanks!

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    Alexandra M June 11, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    At home we love scrabble and taboo

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    Shari June 11, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    What a great idea/game! My nieces and nephews would LOVE this. THey are always drawing or creating. What a great idea!

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    Karla Anderson June 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I think my family would really enjoy this one..especially my niece as she loves to draw people. My nephew would think it was hilarious.

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    Kathy June 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    With my young (almost 3 and just 5) grandkids, we play candyland, matching, memory, and big floor puzzles. But I think my older one is ready for these cute drawn faces….and they look like a lot of fun!

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    Paulo Marques June 12, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    We love Cranium games and Pictionary.