Are your kids wondering what to draw? Get this list of drawing prompts and fun things for kids to draw!
“Mom, what can I do?”
“Well, you like drawing. Why don’t you draw something?”
“Okay… But what can I draw?”
At some point, you’ve likely had a similar conversation with your children. Even the most creative of kids — why, even the most creative of adults — sometimes experience difficulty when staring at a blank sheet of paper and deciding what to do with it. I do.
That’s where drawing challenges and drawing-a-day journals come in handy, and that’s only the beginning. They have other benefits as well.
- They push you to try new topics and push your boundaries a little bit.
- They inspire you to create art frequently, which is important for developing artistic skills.
- They make it so that when you have a moment for making art, you can quickly pick a theme.
52 Fun Things for Kids to Draw
Most of the challenges I’ve seen are for adult artists, though, so I wanted to create something that my children would find inspiring. They like to dream and make fantasies – about robots, dragons, and what they could do when they grow up. So, many of the prompts on this list are connected with imagining fantasy scenarios and turning them into pictures.
Some other challenges suggest trying a certain technique, like trying lettering, limiting colours or using a reference. One of the challenges even encourages young artists to go outside and draw something in nature!
Finally, a couple challenges suggest making mazes or connect-the-dots picture. Many children like doing them in puzzle books, but here they are encouraged to make their own version, then finding someone who would be interested in completing it.
You can read all the challenges below and download a hi-resolution version for printing at the end of the post.
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Best Drawing Supplies
Prismacolor Premier pencils are considered the best by many professional artists. But it doesn’t matter that they can only be used by professionals – I got my son, who is seven and likes to draw, a 72-pencil pack as a gift a couple of years back, and he has been using them ever since. They are soft, vibrant and have a great variety of colours! For younger artists, big Lyra pencils are also a good choice.
Gel sticks draw in a creamy oil-pastel way, and adding water creates a watercolour effect. Because they are water-based, they clean up easily. They’re very vibrant, but from our experience, it’s impossible to create very detailed images with them alone. A lot of fun for making experiments though, and the white gel stick creates a very thick layer, so they are good for coloured paper. Both my husband and my three-year-old daughter are big fans of these!
Sakura Pigma Micron pens are my recommendations for those who enjoy making ink art – black-and-white illustrations, calligraphy, zentangles, etc. Honestly, there are very few art projects that I’ve done since discovering them where I haven’t used them! Ranging greatly in diameter, they can make both thin and thick lines and pair nicely with pencils, watercolours, and acrylics. If you’d like drawing white on black, Sakura Gelly Roll pens are great for that.
And as for sketchbooks? We like Canson XL sketchbooks, but, in all honesty, often use printer paper for the kids’ quick sketches.
More Drawing Ideas for Kids
Drawing prompts are unfinished pictures that invite young artists to complete them. They are great, in a wide variety of scenarios! Get the pack of ten free printable drawing prompts here.
If you’d like to try something with an educational spin, try Animal Drawing Prompts! Children will discover fun animal facts and create fifteen science-themed pictures.
For more activities that combine math and art, try Robot Math. Roll a die and see what kind of robot you will draw. This free printable game challenges children to draw while working on simple geometry – shape drawing and recognition. Monster Math does the same with numbers and monsters!
Keeping a nature journal is a fun side hobby for those who like sketching, drawing, and making art. With this free printable journal, children will start a nature journal, following ten creative challenges. It is a perfect nature STEM activity for kids as it encourages them to go outside, explore nature scientifically, then record their nature finds artistically!
And while you are outside, try drawing on leaves.
Do your children like puzzles? They can make their own with these simple puzzle drawing prompts!
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Start a 21-day journal by Childhood 101 and develop a regular journal writing and doodling habit!
Children love surprises. They will giggle themselves silly making these surprise folded creatures, created by Craft Whack.
There are three versions available inside – one with coloured pencils, as pictured above, one with watercolour splashes, as pictured below, and one black and white, for saving ink.
Thanks for reading!