How to Draw a Kangaroo

Learn how to draw a kangaroo by turning their cute bodies in to simple shapes. This profile version is a good place to start. Drawing a kangaroo from this angle also shows how they can use their tail to balance themselves. And with a little imagination, a pouch and baby kangaroo head could be added under the arms as well. … Read More

How to Draw a Windmill

Learn how to draw a windmill … on a paper plate.  It’s in the style of Danish art, costs pennies, and makes for a great display. This clever idea to paint a windmill on a paper plate comes from Dream, Draw, Create. It’s another great alternative when you don’t have good watercolor paper to work with. I found these uncoated … Read More

Draw a Simple Snake

With just a little planning, you can draw a snake that looks like it’s wrapped around a branch. Perfect for a report about tree climbing snakes. This tutorial takes the idea of drawing the snake in front of the branch, and then erasing the parts that would not show through the snake. I’d recommend it for older elementary students unless … Read More

Draw a Pagoda

Learn how to draw a Pagoda in this step by step tutorial. A great chance to practice curvy symmetry, with those very interesting roof lines. A pagoda is a tiered building that can be found in Eastern Asia. Some are temples, but some are built just to continue their architectural history. If you are looking for more simple tutorials like … Read More

How to Make a Round Braid

If friendship bracelets are frustrating, try learning how to make a round braid. After set up, there’s just one repeating step, but you still get a complex looking braid. MATERIALS • Yarn • Chipboard, or clean food box • Scissors • Circle template, approx. 3.5″ wide   DIRECTIONS 1. Trace any cup to make a circle about 3.5″ wide. A … Read More

Draw a Dolphin

Learning how to draw a dolphin can be tricky as they have so many curves to them. This tutorial simplifies the steps, without losing any of the fun details. I think it helps to think of him as a banana with a tail. That long and narrow mouth looks just like the stem to me. If you like this tutorial, … Read More

Draw a Pterodactyl

Here’s how to draw a Pterodactyl that features his wing span, which could be up to 30 feet wide. That’s much larger than any flying birds alive today. This prehistoric creature is made with lots of odd shapes, so be sure to fold your paper three times first to get the creases shown in my dashed lines. It will really … Read More

Draw a Humpback Whale

Learn how to draw a humpback whale, with all its unique features. Make sure he doesn’t get confused with all the other whale species swimming around in the ocean.   Here’s a tip: try coloring his belly lighter than the top, to create a kind of two tone look. Use the same crayon, just with different pressure. Also, if you … Read More

Draw Boats in a Seaside Town

This boat drawing for kids tutorial includes a cute seaside town, because they don’t always have to be floating off by themselves. If you like the colors in my sample, it’s because I used my favorite brand of markers. They come in a wide array of colors, are easy to color with, and hard to dry out. Try them out … Read More

Draw an Elephant, Step by Step

An elephant drawing step by step tutorial that keeps things simple, yet realistic. Great for when you need to write a report about this amazing animal. There’s also a bit of a perspective lesson in that the two legs that are furthest away need to be just a bit shorter than the front ones. A small detail, but important one … Read More

Draw a Mastodon

Expand your dinosaur drawing skills by learning how to draw a mastodon. They look a lot like mammoths, just with shorter legs, longer body and more muscles. If you like this tutorial, I have many more like it in my “Draw Dinos and Dragons” ebook in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS Download Mastodon Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons* *The above … Read More

Indian Elephant Drawing

This elephant drawing for kids tutorial helps students fill their paper, and just focus drawing the front part of an elephant. This is probably one of my all time most popular projects I have ever shared. I think it’s because drawing half the body is so much more manageable for most students. It’s also a natural for crayon resist work … Read More

How to Draw a Tree

Here’s how to draw a tree in nine easy steps. Learning to draw split branches will make your trees will look much more life like. Make sure the branches are all skinnier than the trunk, and then have pointy ends. For some reasons, the students I had tended to draw trees that looked more like planks with blunt ends. All … Read More

Draw a Koala Bear

Learn how to draw a koala bear, and then add a baby. This may look detailed, but it’s really just one bear drawn in two sizes. If you’d rather keep things simple, just draw the larger bear and add more bamboo trees in the background. The point is to keep things fun, until you are ready for a new challenge. … Read More

Draw a Diplodocus

Learn how to draw a diplodocus, and keep his head and tail on one piece of paper. Even if he once was the world’s longest animal. This tutorial takes a different point of view by having the diplodocus rather stacked with his head and tail wrapping around his body. The original drawing idea came from a site called “Hello Kids”, … Read More

Draw a Tugboat

Use some very basic shapes to draw a tugboat in eight simple steps. Then learn how to make two shades of blue with one crayon. I love how this tugboat manages to look cute and simple at the same time. If you like this tutorial, I have 200 more just like it in my “How to Draw” ebook that is … Read More

Draw a Squishy Caterpillar

Here’s how to draw a caterpillar with a guaranteed squishy look. Start with the spine, add lines for sections, and have fun connecting them. I saw it in a book years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it up. It’s a great way to make a pretty realistic looking insect. Just be sure to draw lightly … Read More

Draw a Race Car

Learn how to draw a race car in eight easy steps. Its triangular shape and large wheels makes it different than your average car. • View and download Race Car Tutorial MATERIALS Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Students follow the tutorial … Read More

Draw Outer Space

Learn how to draw outer space with a project that has close shapes looking large, and faraway looking small. What better place to do that than in our own galaxy? It’s also the perfect time for a little watercolor resist as lots of white crayon stars and dots will really add the to outer space feel. Tip: For really dark … Read More

How to Draw a Dragon

One of my pet peeves is a how to draw a dragon tutorial that is supposed to be for kids, but is really much more appropriate for teenagers or adults. I created this tutorial for our school’s multicultural week, and it worked well for kinders through even 4th graders. Your drawing may of course be completed however you like, but … Read More

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