Art attack

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Art attack
Age Range 5-8 (grades 1-2), 8-11 (grades 3-5), 11-14 (grades 6-8)
Group Size small (1-5), medium (6-20)
Setting outdoors
Setup Time short (0-5 min)
Duration medium (11-30 min), long (31 min - 1 hr)
Subjects art, creative story telling
Materials paper pad and pen/pencil
Alias art contest
Presentation Style interactive, student led

Brief Description

Art attack is a competitive art game. Teams of students have to create a structure in a set amount of time. Teams are given based based on teamwork, name of their art, and the story about their art.


  • Students will be able to play an art game using nature
  • Students will be able to create names and stories to explain their art work
  • Students will work together as a team

This Is How You Play

I often find that there is usually a group of children who are very good at sports and win all the games while the creative kids, who aren't as athletic, never have an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a competitive way. This is an opportunity for creative children to win a game that really matters to them. This is also a perfect opportunity for children to work together as a team.

  1. Divide students into teams.
  2. Give students a certain amount of time (e.g., 5 - 20 minutes) to do a creative task. For example, create stacks of things, create something in a tree, create something entirely out of rocks or sticks, create a creature (e.g., a robot, a monster, a person), create a home for a creature
  3. Students will be rated on three things: (1) name of their art, (2) story about their art, and (3) teamwork. Each category is worth 5 points for a maximum of 15 points.
  4. Be sure to ask students what each part of their art represents.
  5. Choose the team that won


Variations for Younger Students

  • Younger students will probably need more brainstorming, prompts and direction


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