Here is a new video model of a great game called Drawing Faces. I post video clips of games on YouTube for this blog and my website and people must stumble upon them unaware of why I am posting. From such accidental viewers, I get some uncomplimentary comments. To say the least. No video clip of mine has elicited more ridicule than my Drawing Faces video. (No I am not providing the link to that clip.) These comments often make me laugh, though I guess they must bother me a little. Most comments were some version of, This woman is bad at drawing and acting! So, I have caved to my critics and asked my friend, Kate Horvath, who is an actress, if she would do the game for me so I could post a new one on YouTube. Perhaps her acting will serve better than mine. Regardless, she provided me with a charming video model of this game.
I use this game to teach children to attend more to faces, learn the names of parts of the face, and most often to help a child have a way of thinking about emotions. Kids tend to love this game often trying to draw faces themselves if I start the game and hand over a marker after drawing the first eye. I added an OK mouth after trying to use the game to help a child get over being sad. Time to be all done Sad, time for Happy seemed like a little too much to ask. It was more natural for me to say Time to be all done Sad, time for OK. I have had some children pull out the markers while crying and want to go through all the faces in a spontaneous attempt to get over being sad. One little girl would still have tears running down her face but be bravely trying to smile when we got to Happy Mouth. Anna is not Happy yet, I said, Anna is all done sad, goodbye sad mouth. Anna is OK now.