Turkeys, Frenchmen, and other Kids’ Drawings Around Our Home

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Maias Frenchman DrawingHappy Thanksgiving! A couple days late, I know, but it's the thought that counts, right?

What a week it's been! Friends visiting from out of town (wonderful!). Kiddo #2 sick (not so great). Cooking a Thanksgiving feast (love it!). Sick in bed myself (ugh). Eating pumpkin pie for breakfast (yum). Making a list of all the ways I'm going to keep myself and my family healthy the rest of the season (sadly, does not include eating pie for breakfast). Launching The Artful Winter eBook (exciting!). Breaking down and buying a neti pot (not as weird as I thought it would be). And admiring all the drawings my kids have been making lately—turkeys, mustachioed frenchmen, hurricanes, rainbows, and Christmas trees (& you know how I feel about that!).

For this post, I thought I'd share some of the drawing that's been happening around our home lately.

Maia's Turkey Drawings

Not surprisingly, Maia has been drawing quite a few turkeys lately. She has two fallback "templates" to use when she does.* The first, on the left is her frontal view turkey, with the big circle body and radiating tail feathers. On the right is her side view turkey using a loose hand drawing as the base. 

*Like many children, Maia often draws things the same way over and over, both for comfort and confidence as well as a way of learning and incorporating it into her repertoire.

Chalkboard Door in Home Office

That chalk drawing is made on a newly-painted door in our office, by the way. I've been (slowly) redecorating the office. I painted the walls aqua, added a fun orange accent wall, and painted the closet door with chalkboard paint. Almost as soon as the door was up, and before I had a chance to write my own lists and ideas as intended, I came into the room to find it covered with these drawings by Maia and her friend Marlise. Perhaps I can let the kids take over the bottom portion of the door and reserve the top half for my own use…

Maias Frenchman Drawing Phase

Maia has been drawing her mustachioed Frenchmen all the time and everwhere (including on the steamy bathroom mirror and the frosty window of the storm door…). I'm not sure what's up with the long mustaches and berets, but I'm thinking she initially learned something similar at school, either in art class or from a friend. Whenever I ask her, she just starts saying "bonjour madame" and acting silly.

Daphnes Drawings

Daphne has been drawing A LOT. She always requests the rock crayons and almost always uses the red one exclusively. Our fridge is covered with her abstract red drawings of circles, scribbles, and lines ("bandaids"). She's drawn the occasional minimalist face, but still usually draws abstractly. 

The image on the lower left is one of her several blueberry "drawings." She loves to eat frozen blueberries, and out of the blue one day, asked for a piece of paper while she was eating them. She covered the paper with blueberry prints and has done so each time she has eaten frozen blueberries since. 

Kids Rainbow Drawings

Maia, being the helpful big sister that she is, occasionaly takes it upon herself to teach Daphne something she thinks is important for her to know. Drawing rainbows was apparently up there on the list.


While Maia usually drawings using traditional art supplies, I let her draw on my iPad as well sometimes. The app we use and like is Art Set. You can use any art material, any color and create many different ways. It's not a substitute for holding a pencil in your hand and working on real paper, but it's an interesting alternative. Here Maia drew a hurricane (this was the week of Hurricane Sandy).

Maias Christmas Drawings

And lastly, we've entered the season for drawings of Christmas trees, Santa Claus, elves, and such… 

What are your kids drawing these days? 

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  1. says

    So, so grateful for our neti pot. It really changes the game. I also like to throw a drop of therapeutic grade melaluca/tea tree oil in there for good measure. (I don’t know if that’s harsh? A friend of mine puts some kind of iodine in his.)
    These drawings are AWESOME! I have a four year old, and we’re working on trying to draw things and look at what we want to make. It’s hard, and I’m not sure how we’re doing in terms of patience and guidance there. Obviously I’m not worried about how it comes out, but she definitely is. A lot of times I draw with her (ha!) and show her how I would draw something. We talk through it as I do it, and then she does her version.

  2. says

    Letters! My 3yr old has been drawing very accurate letters. She has had her own alphabet for a while. I don’t push the writing at all and was surprised when my friend asked if she could write a ‘B’. She also drew several other letters. Sadly they happened on the chalk board so I was only able to record it with a camara. I was more excited about it than I anticipated. ; )
    BTW, Elderberry syrup has kept my preschooler healthy even with going to preschool a couple times a week.

  3. Andie says

    Wow, I LOVE the frenchmen! Thanks for reminding me that is ok, even great for kids to do the same thing over, and over, and over…they are getting something out of it, even if it drives me crazy!

  4. says

    My son is drawing fantastic Lego Star Wars-style space craft and bases – before building them. My daughter has been drawing festive slings for our friend Mary (who recently dislocated her shoulder). Just LOVING their drawings at the moment. Would love to have a huge chalk board like yours, for them to try out some big stuff – but we have a tiny house.

  5. beth says

    I love reading your posts with my children (2 and 4) on my lap to see what things catch their eye and get them inspired for an activity and this one is no exception! They were pretty impressed that you had drawings of their father on today (he is participating in Movember!) and are now begging me to get out a dish of frozen blueberries to “make some juicy art” (son’s words!) I just love the chalkboard door and am eyeing all the doors of my house to see which one(s) I can re-paint! I’ve been trying to find an old school (you know, like in the 90′s!) chalkboard for our house, but this will do for now!! My son mostly draws monster trucks and right now is decorating them for Christmas. He draws them for his little sister and she decorates them with pink scribbles!

  6. rachel says

    my big 2 boys are drawing helicopters, airplanes, and dragons… but mostly dragons. or dragon-helicopters. :)
    my lower middle ;) loves to spiral circles and draw little trucks.
    my littlest is starting to label his drawings! he’s closing his scribbles into little circles and saying “gnome!” or “house!”… sooo fun! it’s a wonderful mama moment to see what’s going on those heads.

  7. Carly says

    Love it! My favourite was the very important rainbows. My five year old daughter is big into rainbows. People are always a standard for her but they’ve recently all been granted teeth and earrings. (She’s too afraid to get her ears pierced.) My four year old son has recently discoved his ability to draw “things”. He drew a picture of Daddy and him playing hockey this weekend for me to give my hairdresser and I so regret not taking a picture of it first!