Draw a cartoon and tell a story
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!
Once upon a time, there was a magical pond.
In this magical pond, lived a mysterious man without arms.
In this magical pond with the mysterious man were fish...
This magical pond had a hill.
This hill had two tunnels...
... and two big slides!
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.