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A Frame Art Drawing Prompt to Inspire Your Kids Creativity

by Jean Van't Hul
October 17, 2015

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.

A Drawing Prompt for Kids with Frame Art

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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