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How To Draw A Squirrel Step By Step For Kids

Updated on January 20, 2016

Would You Like To Draw A Squirrel With Your Kids?

Squirrels are so cute. And I thought if so, let's draw them. It panned out surprisingly easy and now I can show you how to draw one with step by step instructions for kids. If you find them useful, my sketches are totally free for personal use.

You'll see, it is really easy. Everything is based on two ovals, one for head and one for the body, and few additional details to make your picture more realistic. Knowing there are many different species, you have a lot of options to experiments with lines and colors.

And now let's start. All you'll need is a piece of paper, pencil and few colored pencils or crayons.

The photo on the right is in public domain photo from Pixabay. All presented sketches are mine.

Step by step instructions how to draw a squirrel

Step 1: You'll start with two circles. They are going to be squirrel's head and squirrel's body.
Step 1: You'll start with two circles. They are going to be squirrel's head and squirrel's body.
Step 2: Now you'll make ears...
Step 2: Now you'll make ears...
Step 3: ...and add an eye (with a little white spot inside).
Step 3: ...and add an eye (with a little white spot inside).
Step 4: This is squirrels head and snout.
Step 4: This is squirrels head and snout.
Step 5: Now add tiny whiskers.
Step 5: Now add tiny whiskers.
Step 6: This is going to be squirrel's body.
Step 6: This is going to be squirrel's body.
Step 7: And left leg...
Step 7: And left leg...
Step 8: ...and right leg.
Step 8: ...and right leg.
Step 9: Here you add both hands and a nut. You are almost done.
Step 9: Here you add both hands and a nut. You are almost done.
Step 10: Just add squirrel's tail and squirrel is done. You didn't think it would be so easy, didn't you?
Step 10: Just add squirrel's tail and squirrel is done. You didn't think it would be so easy, didn't you?
Step 11: And now, if you want to, you can color it too. You'll need few red and brown colored pencils.
Step 11: And now, if you want to, you can color it too. You'll need few red and brown colored pencils.

Books about them

If you want to draw more squirrels, you can find them in different books. Below you have several titles with detailed instructions and few children books with squirrels.

In step by step guides you'll learn how to draw your favorite pets and other animals. You'll also find out how to draw different kinds of eyes and noses, various types of hair ...

You'll meet a squirrel, skunk, fox, deer, different birds, a bear, bats and other animals from the wood. Books are packed with facts, breeds, babies, what do they eat, how do they sleep and many great photos.

There is also a charming story for kids about very busy squirrel, who wants to help all her friends in the forest. Kids will love many color illustrations.

Another tells about needs for long, cold winter.

Learn and enjoy!

Squirrel, Pixabay, public domain
Squirrel, Pixabay, public domain

Few facts about squirrels

They are rodents, just like mice, rats, rabbits and beavers. Like the rest of the rodents they possess powerful teeth which never stop growing. Another surprising fact: their sweat glands are on feet.

Believe it or not, they can run at 20 miles per hour. Although they are in general very shy, they often jump back and forth when they face predators. This should confuse them, but it doesn't work in town, where squirrels' biggest enemy is traffic.

Squirrels spend a lot of time and energy with burying food. They make fake burials to confuse thieves. Another nice fact is their love to prepare huge supply. From 20 to 35 percent of buried fruits are never eaten and they stand a good chance to grow into trees.

On their menu are mainly seeds, fruits and nuts, but most of these cute little rodents are actually omnivorous. This means they eat meat, especially insects too.

Squirrels didn't change much in last 35 million years. They are sometimes called living fossils. Apparently this form is evolutionary success.

Did you know?

There are more than three hundred species known and their size varies from 10 to 100 (!) centimeters.

The same thing in video

Now you can color your squirrel if you want too. You'll need few red and brown colored pencils. You'll be surprised how much can be done with different shades of these colors. The animal will come alive in no time.

We are all different types, some prefer books, some love audio, some video tutorials. Here is one of such detailed explained videos.

Cute squirrel drawing

Their silly behavior inspired many artists. Their fluffy ears and long tails are one of registered trademarks by Adriano Janezic, illustrator and caricaturist.

Who doesn't love them? Even in areas where they are considered as pests, they are still extremely popular...

Squirrel with strawberry postcard
Squirrel with strawberry postcard | Source

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      LindaGalarza 3 years ago

      I love squirrels, now I also know how to draw them properly haha, thank you.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      So cute and easy to follow. I appreciate this.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Very cute! Kids will have fun with this :D

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      This looks like an easy method that anyone could use to draw a squirrel. I'm not an artist, but I'm going to give this a try.

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      MikJay 4 years ago

      Very well done. Squirrels are a favourite.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Nice tutorial. I like that you also included the video where the person started drawing features first and adding the body as they went along. That is usually how I prefer to draw.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Red Squirrels are the most Cute creatures in the UK. Such a shame the Grey Squirrels are harming them greatly.

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      Glen Kowalski 4 years ago

      I am terrible at drawing-maybe I'll just download the final sketch and trace it? or let my daughter draw them instead. Great information.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      A cute squirrel.

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      marijahorvat lm 4 years ago

      Very nice tutorial. I managed to draw a squirrel from a first try.

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      dwnovacek 4 years ago

      I'm going to give this a try right now! I've never been good at drawing, but your lens makes me believe that even I can make a squirrel! Thanks!

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      Synergise2011 LM 4 years ago

      Very cool. My son will love this because he loves squirrels.

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      timetoact 4 years ago

      I might have a chance of drawing something that looks like a squirrel if I follow this. :-)

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      Steven 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      What a great lens ... of all the creatures in the animal kingdom I feel the "squirrel" was given the proper name ... it fits. My dog LOVES chasing them ... little does she know she will never catch one :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      This is wonderful. I love squirrels and I love your step by step instructions on how to draw them.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Loved your step-by-step instructions. I'm forwarding this on to my granddaughter. Thanks

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      Gala98 4 years ago

      I think I could even manage this one! Great way to show the step by step process, takes the scary out of drawing! thank you!

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      I like drawing, but I'm not that great and this is right up my alley... Thanks... :)

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      jvcronje 4 years ago

      Wonderful! My one grandchild is into drawing and I'll forward this to him!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      So helpful! Great tutorial ;)

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      flicker lm 4 years ago

      Not being artistically talented, that looks pretty easy even to me. I'll have to get brave and try it! Thanks!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      wow, that looks so easy, but I'll bet it takes a few trys! nicely explained :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great tips!

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      elkim 4 years ago

      nice, you really live up to your username!

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      SecondSally 4 years ago

      Very cute. I love drawing, and I'm still amazed with how things can be broken down into manageable bits if you'll take the time.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      I really enjoyed reading this lens and you make drawing look so easy. I'd also like to thank you for the thumbs up on one of my lenses.

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      KaraAshton 4 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by and liking my lens about painting by numbers. I really enjoyed this lens and look forward to reading some of your other lenses. Blessed.

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      AprilAlice 4 years ago

      Thanks for liking my lens on Garden Gift Basket Ideas for Mom. And thanks for this cute lens. These are the kinds of things I love to share with my grandkids.

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      mikes-cool-stuff 4 years ago

      Good drawing lesson. I'm an artist myself. Nice lens. Also thanks for liking one of my lenses.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The step by step approach is very detailed, drawing squirrel is quite easy if you follow the steps.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      You made the instructions easy and fun.

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      Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Wow! I think even I, "Stickman Artist" can now draw a squirrel, thanks!

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      pyngthyngs 4 years ago

      I can't wait to try this out with my daughter. We love squirrels, so learning to draw one is just perfect.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      You had me at cute! We have lots of these cute squirrels to use as live models. SquidAngel blessings.

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      loopylooh 4 years ago

      Nice lens My daughter is going to try this out later

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nicely done! Cute and adorable critter!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Hey! That squirrel looks easy to draw!!!!

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      OneHappyFeet 4 years ago

      You made it look fun!

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      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      Really great tutorial on drawing a squirrel.

      Nice work.

      Liked and Blessed. :)

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      hungry-deer 4 years ago

      Great lens for kids :) And yes, squirells are cutest

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      Sean G Johnson 4 years ago

      I like this easy tutorial, it reminds me when I first started drawing. That was long long ago, lol. Any newbie should be able to follow along and draw your squirrel.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is easy to draw a squirrel! I knew it just right after looking at this lens. Thanks a lot.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Really beautiful and interesting lens. I love squirrels, every day many of them come in my garden. In my front garden, I put seeds to them and when they eat, I watch them from my living room. Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      As someone who struggles to draw a circle, I think even I could draw a squirrel now! Very cool lens.

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      tarpius 4 years ago

      Nice. Now I can teach my daughter to draw it.

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      Niagara Ghosts 4 years ago

      Wow! Great, easy instructions. If I can follow this, anyone can. My squirrel actually looks like a squirrel! YAY!

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      crispwrites 4 years ago

      Brilliant! Just goes to show anyone can draw (at least a bit) if you have a template to follow. Maybe even me!

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      About halfway through I realized this wasn't how to teach a squirrel to draw, it's how to draw a squirrel. Still a good lens!

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      adragast24 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this. I am terrible at drawing, and cannot draw anything if I haven't learned it before. Now, I will be able to draw a squirrel to my 2 yo son. He will be happy.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Very easy to understand instructions. Great lens. I love squirrels. My neighbors wanted to kill me. I would feed them peanuts and they would eat them on my neighbors deck. One day they called me over and the whole deck was filled with the shells.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Great lens! I have an idea about what to paint on my canvas tonight.. THANKS!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      drawing animals is difficult .This is good lens for simplifying the hardship

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      Tagarack 5 years ago

      Lots of fun and the squirrel came out really cute. Will definitely have to show the kids that one. Easy to follow indeed. I like it.

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Easy to follow and I wouldn't be afraid to try myself. My nine year old daughter would probably say this is a piece of cake but for my level this is just perfect :)

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Easy to draw with this well done tutorial. Thanks.

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      Marlies Vaz Nunes 5 years ago from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

      What an easy to follow tutorial. Great!

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      dancerene 5 years ago

      Cute squirrel. Good tutorial!

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      banapple 5 years ago

      Thanks. This is a simple, but great drawing tutorial. Definitely helpful.