Want to give your students some help with drawing, but don’t think you’re much of an artist yourself? Try directed drawing activities! They walk you through the process step-by-step, so anyone can follow along. Teachers often lead the session by drawing on the whiteboard or chart paper, or you can show an instructional video instead. (Art for Kids Hub on YouTube has hundreds of options.) Here are some of our favorite free directed drawing activities for kids. Get ready to get creative!

1. Fancy Flowers

Abstract flowers outlined in black and colored with markers - Directed Drawing

Draw these simple flowers, then fill them in with markers or colored pencils to personalize them.

Learn more: Kitchen Table Classroom

2. Baby Yoda

Simple marker drawing of the character known as Baby Yoda, The Child, and Grogu

Whether you call him Baby Yoda, The Child, or Grogu, he’s bound to be one of your most popular directed drawing activities!

Learn more: Art Projects For Kids

3. Night Sky Owl

Simple owl and watercolor sketch with starry sky - Directed Drawing For Kids

Once kids draw these simple owls, they add stars with white crayons and use watercolors to finish it all off.

Learn more: Primarily Speaking

4. Tree Frog

Side-by-side sketches of a colorful tree frog - Directed Drawing for Kids

Who doesn’t love a pop-eyed tree frog? The video guides you through each step of the process.

Learn more: Art for Kids Hub/YouTube

5. Sloth

Simple crayon drawing of a sloth hanging from a tree

This cheery sloth is just hanging around, begging to be sketched and colored!

Learn more: Art Projects for Kids

6. Robot

Marker sketch of a blue cartoon robot waving

Say “Hi!” to this happy robot, then learn how to create one of your own.

Learn more: Whimsy Workshop Teaching/YouTube

7. Llama

Colorful drawing of a llama - Directed Drawing for Kids

Llamas are as popular as ever, so they make the perfect choice for directed drawing.

Learn more: Bilingual Scrapbook/YouTube

8. Penguin

Simple crayon drawing of a penguin

The free printable worksheet makes drawing this chubby penguin pal a snap.

Learn more: Natalie Lynn Kindergarten

9. Elephant

Side-by-side simple crayon drawings of an elephant

Those pink ears! Everyone will want to learn how to sketch this playful pachyderm.

Learn more: Art For Kids Hub/YouTube

10. Chickadee

Simple crayon drawing of a chickadee - Directed Drawing for Kids

Check out chickadees at your local bird feeder, then learn how to draw them.

Learn more: Art Projects for Kids

11. Boo Bat

Simple bat sketch with shapes like triangles and half circles - Directed Drawing for Kids

Get ready for the spooky season with this bat, which is mostly made up of basic shapes every kid can master.

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12. Bunny

Cute drawing of a bunny with floppy ears and blue bow tie - Directed Drawing for Kids

This sweet bunny face is the perfect springtime art project!

Learn more: Whimsy Workshop Teaching/YouTube

13. Humpback Whale

Crayon drawing of a humpback whale in a blue ocean

Studying the ocean? Try sea creature directed drawing activities, like this humpback whale.

Learn more: Art Projects for Kids

14. Pine Tree

Simple watercolor marker drawing of a pine tree in snow

The tree shape is simple, but markers diluted with water turn this into a truly pretty picture.

Learn more: The Kitchen Table Classroom

15. Lighthouse

Side-by-side drawings of a red and white lighthouse on a cliff by the sea

Turn on some soothing ocean sounds and sketch a serene shoreline scene.

Learn more: Art For Kids Hub/YouTube

16. Apple

Crayon drawing of a full apple, half apple, and apple slice

An apple a day … makes good drawing practice! We love that this activity includes both a whole apple and apple slices.

Learn more: Art Projects for Kids

17. Chick In Egg

Cartoon baby chicken inside half an eggshell - Directed Drawing for Kids

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? No need to decide with this directed drawing idea!

Learn more: How to Draw

18. Rocket

Colored pencil sketch of a rocket in space with stars

Shoot for the stars when you learn how to draw this rocket headed for outer space.

Learn more: Drago Art

19. School Bus

Watercolor picture of a smiling school bus - Directed Drawing for Kids

Here’s a terrific directed drawing activity for kindergarteners when they start school. It will help them see the school bus as a friend!

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20. Dinosaur

Crayon drawing of a diplodocus

If you can draw curves, you can create this majestic dino. ( Here’s a T. rex too! )

Learn more: Art Projects for Kids

21. Pumpkin

Crayon sketch of a pumpkin with a smiley face - Directed Drawing for Kids

Celebrate fall weather by outlining and coloring a joyful pumpkin full of smiles.

Learn more: Natalie Lynn Kindergarten

22. Piggy

Simple drawing of a smiling cartoon pig

This pink porker is so darn adorable! That curly tail is the best part, don’t you think?

Learn more: From The Pond

23. Unicorn

Colorful drawing of a unicorn head

Capture the magic of this sparkly creature with this surprisingly easy directed drawing idea.

Learn more: Whimsy Workshop Teaching/YouTube

24. Santa Claus

Crayon drawing of Santa Claus

Need some quick Christmas décor? Have your class create a whole collection of Santas for the walls.

Learn more: One FAB Teacher/YouTube

25. Rainbow Chameleon

Crayon drawing of a rainbow-striped chameleon on a branch

Drawing this chameleon is only half the fun—filling him in with vibrant colors is even better!

Learn more: Art Projects for Kids

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25 Free and Easy Directed Drawing Activities Anyone Can Do