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Sabrina asked for it, so here you all are: how to draw monsters

You will need: A4 paper, pens or pencils (you don’t need coloured pens or pencils, but they might make the activity more fun), and at least 4 students (it will probably work with 3 students, but 4 or more is best)

Model this for the students (see right for diagram): 
  • fold a piece of A4 paper in half, score along the fold, and open
  • fold the ends of your piece of paper towards the centre (which your score line should now mark), score and open
  • you should have a piece of paper that looks like #4 in the diagram below, with 3 visible score lines and 4 equal sections
  • next, mark the paper as shown in #5 below; note – these small lines should be perpendicular (90 degrees) to the score marks and should cross the score marks (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • #6 below shows where different parts of the figure will be drawn, but these should not be marked on your pieces of paper; instead follow this process:

This should ideally be done with chairs and tables in a circle or horseshoe shape


  1. tell your students to draw a head in the top section of the paper (A) with the neck ending at the marks (a1); when this is done, tell your students to fold over their paper so you cannot see the head
  2. students then pass their papers to the student on their left (NO PEEKING ALLOWED!)
  3. in the second section (B), your students should draw the upper body (i.e. bottom of the neck, shoulders, torso, arms down to the wrists); then as before, fold over their paper so you cannot see the body
  4. pass it to the student on their left
  5. repeat step 1 in section C drawing the hands (c1) the upper part of the legs, ending at the knees (c2)
  6. pass it to the student on their left; then fold over so you cannot see
  7. in the final section, students draw the lower part of the legs and the feet
  8. students pass it to the student on their left and then open up the paper
  9. language ensues!

Have fun!



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9 Responses to Collaborative drawing – activity

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Eva Gutiérrez and Anna Musielak, Mike Harrison. Mike Harrison said: How to draw monsters: a collaborative drawing activity #activity #esl #elt #esol #fun [...]

  2. Sabridv says:

    Just loved it Mike! Thanks for the mention. I have done this activity before with my young learners but without the folding and marks. They just passed their drawings and they could see what their partners have drawn, though this twist adds a lot of fun to the activity. Thanks again for sharing. I’m very happy to have you in my PLN, love learning from and with you!

    • admin says:

      You’re most welcome, Sabrina.

      I know this isn’t an original activity, and there are certainly lots of variations you could make to it. In fact, my dad taught me this version. I used it first this year around Hallowe’en, but it’s nice just for a change anytime.

      Mike =)

  3. Rob says:

    check out this drawing site where anyone can draw on one canvas. it’s collaborative.

    • admin says:

      Hello Rob, welcome to the blog.

      Thanks for the link to your site. I’ve just checked it out and it looks pretty neat.


  4. [...] to remember vocabulary by drawing here and here.  Apart from that, @harrisonmike has shared in his blog a fun activity in which students end up drawing collaborative [...]

  5. Sabridv says:

    Hi Mike! It’s me again. You have inspired me to write this post about collaborative drawing in the classroom: Would love to know your opinion about it. Kisses

  6. [...] Drawing monsters – a collaborative drawing (party) game explained in this earlier post [...]

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