Drawing with Kids

Drawing with kids :: Ideas, activities, and games for drawing with kids. Includes observational drawing, drawing prompts, and creative drawing exercises and drawing games.

Body Tracing Activity for Kids

Body Tracing Activity for KidsWe’ve had a lot of fun with a body tracing activity over the past week or so.

What started as a simple invitation to work big turned into a week-long exploration of self portraits, working large, and even quilting (on paper).

I taped large sheets of butcher paper to the floor in the living room, added a tray of art supplies, and then went to pick up Daphne and her friend Julianna from preschool.

They opted for body tracing self portraits and I decided to do the same and work beside them (they collaborated to trace my body).

Here are some photos, instructions, and the finished (totally awesome!) artworks decorating our walls:

Body Tracing Activity for Kids… 

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Kids Shadow Art :: Tracing the Light

Kids Shadow Art - Tracing the Light Daphne and I made shadow art a couple of days ago. Both kids repeated the activity again this morning.

This is such a simple art activity.

Yet so absorbing. And so beautiful.

We simply traced the pattern of shadow and light made by the morning sun streaming through the sheer floral curtains in our dining room window. And then painted our shadow tracings.

You could trace any shadow, by the way—no need for special curtains.*

We’ve done shadow art before by setting up a bouquet of flowers between the sunlight and the paper. You could also set up a lamp as a light source and place your object between the light and the paper. Or go outside and trace your body onto the sidewalk with chalk…. 

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Drawing Lessons for Kids with the Monart Method :: Revisited

Daphnes Lion Drawing using the Monart Method

If you follow The Artful Parent page on Facebook* or if you’re one of my very first Instagram followers (I just started) you may have seen Daphne’s first lion drawing yesterday.

Maia doing the Monart pre drawing exercisesMaia and I were working together on one of the drawing lessons from Mona Brookes’ Drawing with Children (at her special request; we had actually taken a break from the book until then) and Daphne wanted to join in. So we all did the pre-drawing exercises, which both kids love.

Then Maia (age 8) drew a lion from memory and Daphne (age 4) really  wanted to draw a lion, too, but said she didn’t know how and asked if I could help her.

I told her I’d walk her through the lines and shapes that make up a lion, step by step, but that I was confident she could draw a lion herself.

She agreed to give it a try…. 

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A Slanted Kids Drawing Table :: Ergonomic and Portable!

A Slanted Kids Drawing Table

I bought a new kids drawing table a couple months ago (that one from Imagine Childhood that I said was on my wish list when I wrote about the best art tools for kids) and wanted to share our experience with it.

The table itself is simple, sturdy, and highly functional and I thought the price was very reasonable for a drawing table of this quality. The paper roll that attaches to it is purchased separately and is not quite so inexpensive, but it’s good paper and worth it to be able to use this table. Although you can also use the table without the paper roll…… 

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DIY Painted Magnet Sticks for Creativity on the Fridge

Creativity on the Fridge with DIY Painted Magnet Sticks - Easy for kids to make with wood craft sticksWe made some simple magnet sticks last week and they have been inspiring way more creating and creativity than I could possibly have imagined. Making them was a creative activity in itself, and yet the magnet sticks are one of those products that inspire open-ended play and creative expression.

This was a project Daphne and I worked on together when Maia was at school. She was looking for a magnet to hang her latest drawing on the fridge but couldn’t find one that wasn’t in use. I took down some older papers, handed her the free magnet, and made the offhand comment that maybe it was time to make some new magnets.

I should remember not to make comments like that unless I intend to follow through.

I couldn’t find any of the round wooden disks that we’d used to make magnets in the past (a project in The Artful Parent book), so was about to say we’d have to wait for another day when I remembered some magnets made with wood craft sticks that I had seen on Pinterest. I knew we had some of those!

And so, on the spur of the moment, Daphne and I made a slew of painted wooden magnet sticks for the fridge.

Here’s how:

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Testing Metallic Drawing Materials (on Black Valentine’s)

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We’ve had metallic crayons for the last couple of years and loved them, but for some reason never tried them on black paper. Why not? I have no idea. But it was a big oversight on my part. Metallic art materials look great on a black background!

I recently picked up a few new metallic art materials to try out and decided to test them all side by side and share the results with you.

Feel free to chime in at the end with your own experiences with metallic art materials—I obviously haven’t tried them all!

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Inspiring Creativity with Crayon Wallets

Crayon Wallets for Inspiring Children's Creativity!

I ordered some crayon wallets from Mama May i a while back that have been a huge hit with Maia and Daphne. I gave them to the girls on the drive down to Atlanta last weekend and instead of being used briefly and then passed over for activity books and such, the girls used their crayon wallets much of the car ride down…  

…and on and off throughout the weekend…

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Why I Framed My Ten Thousand Villages Bag

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Daphne's been drawing up a storm lately. She draws at the easel and on big poster board. She draws on little notecards and post-its. She draws in lined Hello Kitty notebooks.

And when we're sitting in the car waiting and I don't have any paper on me, she draws on shopping bags. (And then I hang the bags on our frame wall with all the other drawings and paintings my kids have made recently.)

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