Inspire Your Kids Creativity with a Frame Art Drawing Prompt and Printable

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Frame Drawing Prompt and Printable for Kids

One of the drawing prompts I like to offer is a series of empty frames.

This probably sounds weird but the frames seem to inspire kids’ creativity in a way that a blank piece of paper doesn’t always—even though it’s virtually the same thing!—a rectangle of blank paper vs a rectangle of blank paper with a picture frame drawn around the perimeter.

But for some reason, the simple act of framing the space seems to invite a creative response.

We have been doing this for years in all sizes and on a variety of surfaces.

Big and small.

On paper and on the chalkboard.

Using a frame drawing prompt to inspire creative drawing

My kids always seem to have fun creating inside the frames.

Frame Art Drawing Prompt & Printable

A few months ago, I drew a collection of frames on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of printer paper, made a bunch of copies, and handed them to the kids.

Frame Drawing Prompts for Kids

They filled the frames with drawings, people, rainbows, and fingerprint animals.

Using a Frame Drawing Prompt to Inspire Creativity

Then this past week, I printed out a new slew of the frame drawing prompts.

Kids After School Art Activity in the Studio

And the kids went to town again.

After School Art in the Studio

They drew inside the frames after school…

Drawing During Read Aloud

And during our read-aloud before bed.

Using a frame drawing prompt to inspire creative drawing

Since we had so much fun with this, I thought I’d offer it as a printable for you.

Of course, you can draw your own frame drawing prompt (and I encourage you to!), but if you want a quick and easy printable, then here you go.

Frame Art Printable for Kids

Frame art drawing prompt printable

Print out a few for a playdate, to tuck in your purse next time you go to a restaurant or doctor’s office, or to send to a cousin across the country.

More Kids Drawing Prompts and Printables

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Love this simple idea!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    October 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I’m sure my daughter and I will have lots of fun with the frame printables. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      October 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      You’re so welcome, Angela! Hope you two enjoy them!

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    Nathana Clay
    October 18, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Simple, but awesome idea! I love it! I feel like this could be just an open-ended fun art activity, or structured to be a way to illustrate characters for character profiles for a creative writing project with kids. :)

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    Ashley Donati - Booktomato
    October 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I love this idea, and thank you for providing a printable for less artistic moms like me!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      October 20, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Glad you like the idea and the printable, Ashley! :)

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