I hope you aren’t hearing “I’m bored!” too often this summer. My girls have been thoroughly enjoying their downtime! They are both spending lots of time drawing in their sketchbooks, so I hunted down a few online how-to-draw resources for them to check out.
My girls definitely go through phases with following drawing instructions – sometimes they love it, other times it frustrates them. If these websites aren’t a good fit for your child right now, just tuck them away and try again another time. By the way, these are definitely not just for kids – I learn a lot trying out the drawing lessons, too!
Here are 5 kid-friendly drawing websites that we have been enjoying this summer:
1. Activity Village has a wide variety of cute and simple how-to-draw tutorials, including animals, holidays, sports, and more. You can view the step-by-step instructions online or download a pdf to print. My girls are getting a kick out of the tutorials for drawing the Harry Potter characters! We have used printables from this site many times, especially for road trips!
2. Art for Kids is such a fun site! My girls and I spent a good chunk of time watching Rob’s engaging how-to-draw videos. If your kids have trouble following traditional step-by-step printed instructions, give these video lessons a try. You will find lots of characters here, like Olaf and Yoda, as well as animals, people, cars, instruments, etc. Many of the video tutorials have a printable step-by-step instruction sheet, too. There are also painting and sculpting tutorials, and a special section for the kiddos 5 and under. Don’t skip this one!
3. Art Projects for Kids is one of my favorite sites for arts & crafts inspiration. There are tons of step-by-step drawing projects to choose from if you browse through the drawing category, many with printables as well. The most recent posts are a fun series of dinosaurs and dragons. The tutorials vary in difficulty, and there are a good amount of holiday and seasonal projects to try. I especially like the wrap snake, rooster, and seahorse.
4. Blue Tadpole Studio has a small collection of super-cute drawing lessons. The mix-and-match robot pages are my favorite!
5. The Graphics Fairy is a great resource for free vintage images, and there are quite a few vintage animal drawing lesson printables on the site. These are so charming! My older daughter loves the owl lesson, and my younger daughter was thrilled to find a how-to-draw for her favorite animal, the pig! These seem a bit more challenging to me, so your older kids might enjoy them. This site is probably harder for the kiddos to navigate themselves, so you might just want to print out these drawing lessons for them.
Do your kids enjoy step-by-step drawing? Do you have any favorite drawing resources to share?