Draw a cartoon and tell a story

All photos are copyrighted and created by Sue B.
All photos are copyrighted and created by Sue B.

Looking for a quick and fun activity to do with a child? This is fun to do on a rainy day, while you are waiting for something or anytime you find yourself with a pad of paper and something to write with.

This activity helps you (and the child) learn how to draw a quick sketch of a dog. This activity does not require drawing ability. Each time you draw this little dog it will come out differently. This activity can build confidence for anyone who believes they cannot draw. Have fun!

Draw a circle.
Draw a circle.

Once upon a time, there was a magical pond.

Draw a stick figure without arms in the center of the circle.
Draw a stick figure without arms in the center of the circle.

In this magical pond, lived a mysterious man without arms.

Draw 3 dots or so on each side of the stick figure.
Draw 3 dots or so on each side of the stick figure.

In this magical pond with the mysterious man were fish...

Draw lines (aka whiskers) around the dots. I may have made one a little too big.  This doesn't need to be perfect- just have fun!
Draw lines (aka whiskers) around the dots. I may have made one a little too big. This doesn't need to be perfect- just have fun!

and... SHARKS!

Draw a semi-circle just above the circle.
Draw a semi-circle just above the circle.

This magical pond had a hill.

This is usually when kids realize it is a dog or animal!  Give the tunnels some depth so the eyes have pupils.
This is usually when kids realize it is a dog or animal! Give the tunnels some depth so the eyes have pupils.

This hill had two tunnels...

Draw blobs on either side of the semi-circle/circle that could pass for both a slide and ears.  Give yourself some creative license here!
Draw blobs on either side of the semi-circle/circle that could pass for both a slide and ears. Give yourself some creative license here!

... and two big slides!

Proudly allow someone else to color in your beautiful drawing! Here, I added some little details like eyebrows and a collar.
Proudly allow someone else to color in your beautiful drawing! Here, I added some little details like eyebrows and a collar.

Variations of this activity

This story can (and has) vary over time- get creative! This method can also be used to make other creatures such a cat using tents instead of slides for ears.

It is important to allow children to attempt this after you showed them. They will want to try themselves. This activity can boost self-confidence and open the child to new drawing possibilities. They may not feel they can draw a dog but with this activity, if they are able to draw circles, ovals and lines- they can.

Another fun variation is finding objects in the home to trace and make this cartoon. The pond can be a bowl or coffee can, the nose a quarter, etc.

What is especially fun about this dog is your shapes do not need to be perfect- it will always look like a dog (or another creature close to it!) at the end.

*Enjoy your new drawing and storytelling abilities!*

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Spirit Whisperer 2 years ago from Isle of Man

Very creative. Thank you.


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego

This is so cool! And I love the story that goes with it, it helps the learner (who maybe wasn't good at drawing) have fun while making the cute drawing at the same time ^-^' I am going to try this! Up and shared!

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