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Draw an Armadillo

You can easily draw an armadillo using some very basic shapes. A football shaped head and half circle body with shell lines will tell everyone exactly what it is.

Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover their back, head, legs, and tail.

Armadillos are the only living mammals that wear such shells.


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  1. Print an armadillo tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on the paper very lightly in pencil. They really do make a difference in helping students fill their paper with their drawing.
  2. Draw the armadillo lightly with a pencil.
  3. Trace the drawing with a black permanent marker.
  4. Fill in the eyes with the marker. For an extra sparkle in the eye, leave a small white spot.
  5. Draw wrinkles on the armadillo knees, and extra shell lines.
  6. Add crayon lines in the background if you want.
  7. Paint the armadillo with watercolor paint.
  8. Lastly, paint the background carefully, taking care not to make puddles that may bleed in to your armadillo.

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