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Chalkboard Drawing Prompts for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
May 2, 2022
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Chalkboard drawing prompts are one of many drawing ideas for kids that help get their creative juices flowing, resulting in cool and unique art.

Updated June 2022

Have you used drawing prompts with your kids? As one way to encourage creative drawing and the continued use of our chalkboard, we occasionally add a drawing prompt and wait for our kids to find it.

It almost always results in a thoughtful, unique drawing that veers from the usual drawings that they might make.

Drawing prompts are one of many creative drawing ideas for kids that gets them thinking and creating differently.

The drawing prompts idea is something we’ve used for a long time, first seeing them in Susan Striker’s Anti-Coloring Book series and now the many doodle books out there. We especially love Jean’s book Invitation to Draw featuring 99 open-ended drawing prompts to encourage creativity.

If you love using drawing prompts as much as we do, next time, try leaving one out on a chalkboard or easel and see what your kids come up with!

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Chalkboard Drawing Prompts for Kids

What we do is begin a simple drawing on the chalkboard, and add an invitation — such as drawing the outline of a house and asking the question, “What is inside this house?” And then go about our day.

Before too long, one of our kids notices the drawing prompt and (usually) begins to complete the drawing and answer the question or prompt in his or her own way. We LOVE seeing how this unfolds and love seeing the results!

For a Hallowen themed drawing prompt, we drew several large pumpkins on the chalkboard with the directive to “Fill in the Jack-O-Lantern faces.”

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Having the prompt definitely gets our kids thinking and drawing in a new way. It helps them to expand out of their self-defined drawing habits and ideas and try something different.

Have you tried any of these with your kids? If so, did you notice a difference in how and what they drew? Did you feel it took them outside of their usual repertoire and helped them to think and draw more creatively?

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Want More Drawing Activities? Visit the Kids Art Spot where we have a Drawing Workshop for Kids. This online workshop for kids and families features 10 super fun and easy drawing activities, each with a step-by-step video tutorial and printable instructions.

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