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Drawing Ideas for Kids

Discover a book that will inspire your child’s inner artist, plus more drawing ideas for kids.

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Invitation to Draw: A Book for Children

All of my children really enjoy drawing. So when my friend Jean Van’t Hul of the The Artful Parent asked if I would like to review her newest book, Invitation to Draw, I jumped at the chance!

child drawing in a car

I gave the book to my 8-year-old daughter, and it was an instant success. She loved the drawing prompts, and the high quality paper impressed me. Anna loved coloring with markers without worrying about it bleeding through the page.

It turns out that those pages are perforated, so you can also remove a page or two to throw in a bag to keep a child occupied in a waiting room or at a restaurant.

Jean also generously offered up her time for an interview about drawing, creativity, and tips for creating creativity.

Interview with Jean Van’t Hul

Tips for Encouraging Reluctant Artists

I asked Jean for her tips on encouraging reluctant artists, and she recommended these three picture books:

Adults looking to become more creative will also enjoy these books!

Jean also recommended trying different types of art supplies and rotating supplies to get kids interested and maintain that interest. It turns out that sometimes moving the art easel to another part of the house (or outdoors!) is all it takes to get kids creating again!

More Drawing Ideas for Kids

Invitation to Draw book review

Jean’s blog features a wonderful collection of creative drawing ideas for kids. Here at Mama Smiles I have tips on putting together a travel art kit, a paper golfing game, and this delightful waiting room art game.

How do you inspire your child to draw? Do you have any drawing ideas for children that we should try?

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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