Learn to Draw for Kids ~ Links

Estefany has always brightened our day with her beautiful hand-drawn gifts (so precious) of sunshine; rainbows; hearts; butterflies; chubby cats with big whiskers; hot air balloons; tiny turtles strolling under bright and colourful flowers; houses with trees, fences and meandering paths; people having fun on playground swings; waterfalls, mountains and rivers. If you have a sponsored child who loves to draw, how about some how-to-draw tutorials? Here are just a few ideas to get you started…

Estefany 2004 - too cute!   Estefany   Flowers and Butterflies from Estefany   Christmas 2007 inside   A drawing from Estefany :)

Do you see the ‘Marry Christmas’ – so cute! :)



  1. Tracing – trace over a dotted outline; this is a good one for younger children
  2. Draw what is missing – a line here, a line there
  3. Step by Step – this is another good one for younger children where they copy a picture in smaller steps
  4. Drawing Grid – you are given a smaller complete picture (a bit like a picture of a jigsaw puzzle on the box); plus a larger grid
  5. Complete the Picture – where part of the picture or an outline is there for you and you just complete it (e.g. one half is given and you have to draw the other half; or where one item is there but the other is missing, like a girl holding an invisible puppy on a lead, or a boy whistling to an invisible parrot on his shoulder)
  6. Copy – trace over a completed picture or sit it side by side and copy it (e.g. colouring pages are great for this as they have nice firm outlines)
  7. Drawing geometric shapes over a photo then rounding them out (e.g. great to get correct perspective on animals)
  8. Create the Picture – I made up a fun Tower of Babel newspaper article like this one for my kids, with a brief newspaper wrap up on this startling story and leaving room for them to draw the picture. My newspaper headline read: Confusion Takes Over! Subtitle: Where did all the different languages come from? The caption at the top read: The newspaper artist was caught up in all the confusion and unable to finish his drawing. To make his news article complete, help him out by drawing a picture for the front page news story. And then I did a brief recap of the Tower of Babel, newspaper style, underneath.
  9. Drawing prompt – for the truly adventurous. You are given a blank piece of paper and a scenario and asked to draw it. Here’s some fun suggestions to get your creative juices flowing with ideas:
  • Draw something that you might like to… see; wear; make; ride; invent;
  • Draw something you might find… at the beach; by a lake; at the zoo; at a farm; at your home; at church; at school; near a volcano; in a foreign country; outside your window
  • Draw… your greatest treasure; as many things you can think of that are yellow; someone I would really like to meet; your family; as many things you can think of that begins with the letter D; a picture of you playing a musical instrument you would like to learn;
  • Draw something that… makes you laugh; hangs upside down; sparkles; has bubbles; glows; floats; bounces; has big ears; has a tail; is frozen; you would like to wear; you would like to do after you leave school;
  • Draw you or your family or friends… playing a game; dancing to music; performing in a concert; wearing hats; laughing; having fun; worshipping in church
  • Draw your favourite… animal; pet; day; friends; historical person; costume; colour; shop; food; sport; teacher
  • Draw something in a place where you would not expect to see it… like your favourite animal sitting in your bedroom or at a desk in your class; the president of your country walking down your street



Daniel – trace over and complete the details   this is a fun trace over (and also a colouring page) from the Picture Smart Bible that kids of all ages will enjoy. Here is a free sample Daniel lesson to go with it, giving an overview of the book of Daniel.

I am (statements of Jesus) – trace over and complete the details  another fun trace over (also the colouring page and lesson) from the book of John in the Picture Smart Bible.

Daniel – colouring; fill-in sheet; draw a picture  this is a good recap sheet; combine some facts with a drawing about Daniel

Jonah – trace over; drawing grid

Draw the 6 days of creation by dividing your page into strips

Esther, Joseph, Ruth, resurrection, Biblical feasts, creation   draw Bible history in stick figures

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (temptation) – trace over + drawing grid; here’s a different one

Open Bible and candle – trace over + drawing grid


child painting
mm-mmmm, doesn’t that look like fun?!  :)



Learn to draw cartoon whale   this is what the whale would have looked like when his lunch (Jonah) disappeared!   :)

Learn to draw a cartoon whale – with a pail (of popcorn) and looking at a snail – sitting on his tail  too crazy, but very cute! I had to include it – hey, maybe the whale and the snail went to the movies together after Jonah left for Nineveh!  :)

Learn to draw – monkey, elephant, hippo and meerkat (pdf – scroll down to page 23); here is the link to the main page.

Learn to draw cartoon animals + trace over for younger children; giraffe, bird, horse, dog, rabbit, duck chick, frog, mouse, cow (too cute; love this site!)

We draw animals  lots to keep our kids busy here with these easy step by step tutorials; free printable

Learn to Draw – Animals  (Activity Village) badger, bat, beaver, camel, cat, chick, chicken, dog (2), cow, crocodile, dolphin, donkey, duck, frog, fox, goat, ground hog, hedgehog, horse, kangaroo, koala, mole, mouse, panda, platypus, (cute white) rabbit, rat, reindeer, rooster, shark, sheep, snake, squirrel, tiger, wolf, wombat, echidna, elephant, owl, ox

Complete the Picture – Animals  (Activity Village) drawing grid (strip) + fill in the outline; cat, bumble bee, chicken, cow, dog, duck, elephant, goat, horse, pig, sheep, squirrel, tiger, dolphin, kangaroo, koala, wolf, wombat, crab, hippowhaleechidnadolphingoldfish

Learn to Draw Birds  (Activity Village) chick, cockatoo, dove, duck, kiwi, kookaburra, peacock, penguin, robin, turkey, emu

Complete the Picture – Birds  (Activity Village) cockatoo, turkey, kiwi

Learn to draw – various animals and birds  click on each colouring page and scroll down each page to find the trace over and drawing grid

Learn how to draw – animals (scroll down past the video tutorials) – lion, gorilla, cow, dog, pig, cat, panda, monkey, rabbit, elephant, spotted love puppy; easy

Cartoon animals  2 levels of difficulty; various animals

How to draw – frogs, dragonflies, water liliesbirds flying and landingowlsdogs, goats, squirrels, birds, parrots, swan, vintage rabbit, pigs

Learn to draw – dragonfly  for very young children

Cartoon animals   (my-how-to-draw.com)

Learn to draw – animals with fur  realistic pencil sketches

Learn to draw – animals  realistic pencil sketches; wolf; lion; fish; dolphin; pig; rooster; bird; horse; penguin; butterfly; cat; puppy; dog; frog; monkey

How to draw a bug, car or fish in 2 steps; a cat, dog, ladybug or butterfly in 3 steps; an insect in 4 steps

Learn to Draw – ArmadilloHedgehogBear (or wolf?)  by Jan Brett

Learn to Draw – horse; penguin;



Blank faces 2 and blank faces 1  kids of all ages will enjoy these face shape outlines and fun hair styles already drawn; fill in the rest

Blank faces  fill in shape outline for younger children; draw in hair, eyes, nose, expressions copying samples

Blank face and ear shape  ready for you to fill in the hair, eyes, nose, expressions

How to draw manga boys

How to draw manga (Chibi) boys and girls  with large heads, small bodies and sweet faces

Draw people  faces, hands, eyes, noses, different ages, various techniques

Draw people pencil drawings for more advanced students

Draw the human eye realistic sketch

Draw the human eye

Draw human hands realistic pencil sketch

Draw human hair – young girl realistic pencil sketch

Draw human hair realistic pencil sketch

Draw a smile realistic pencil sketch

Draw hands and feet  in different postures

Draw hands (click on green ‘download’ button on the right hand side)

Blank face outline template

Scottish boy in kilt – complete the picture    (Activity Village)

Scottish girl in kilt – complete the picture    (Activity Village)

Learn to Draw – School   (Activity Village)

Learn to Draw – Professions   (Activity Village)


child painting


Stick figures having fun  skipping, batting, sitting

Stick figures having fun  running; on a swing; diving; skipping; throwing a ball

Learn to Draw – Sports   (Activity Village) basketballcricketcyclistfootballgymnast 1gymnast 2netballrugbysquashswimmertennisalpine skiingAmerican footballathlete 1athlete 2Aussie rules footballequestrianice skaterbadmintonbobsledcross country skiingsoccer 1figure skatingfreestyle skiingice hockeylawn bowlssoccer 2soccer 3skeleton (a fast and icy Winter Olympic sport… apparently. You learn something new every day! :) ), ski jumpingsnowboardingspeed skatingwrestlers

Complete the Picture – Sports   (Activity Village) soccer, American football, girl figure skating

Complete the Picture – Sports (Dover sample)  girl playing soccer; surfer; lacrosse; figure skating

Learn to draw – cartoon soccer ball; football, football helmet; golf clubs; basketball; hockey goalie;



Learn to Draw – Dr Seuss

Learn to Draw – Scarecrow   (Activity Village)

50+ fun learn to draw ideas for younger children



Learn to draw cartoon flowers   (Activity Village) daffodil, rose, snowdrop, sunflower, thistle, tulip

Cartoon flowers – learn to draw  showing how to easily build on different shaped petals

Cartoon flowers – learn to draw

Learn to draw – rose  realistic sketch

Learn to Draw – Winter   (Activity Village) snowflake, snowman, girl figure skating

Cartoon valley, mountains, volcano and beach

Learn to draw – palm tree

Learn to Draw – London Landmarks   (Activity Village)

Lean To Draw – Taj Mahal   (Activity Village)

Draw – cool sports car for older boys

Draw – Transport   (Activity Village) bike, bus, space shuttle, taxi, boat, yacht, ship

Draw – Transport   (ColorMountain.com) planes, boats, school bus, cars, train; click on each colouring page and then scroll down to find trace over and drawing grid

Draw cartoon space rocket ship



Draw anything you want by using geometric shapes  learn to draw basics

Free art lessons – more advanced techniques (scroll down to ‘drawing’) plus easy step by step tutorials

Free art lessons




Learn to Draw (BillyBear4Kids) animals, faces and people for younger children





Follow me on Pinterest


PGFE FB  PGFE Godinterest  PGFE Google+  PGFE Pinterest  PGFE Home

Have you collected your bonus gift from MY NEW FACEBOOK PAGE?  :)





Images of Children painting: pixabay.com 

3 thoughts on “Learn to Draw for Kids ~ Links

  1. Pingback: Christmas Gift Ideas… DIY Activity Book for Kids (or adults) | Paper Gifts for Estefany

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to leave a kind comment. You've made my day! :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s