Do you always draw your dog, cat, or favorite flower the same way? Why not try something new?!

Your doodle challenge: Take your favorite animal or plant that you like to doodle and draw it in a different way. This is what we mean:

  • Instead of a cat face, draw the whole cat!
  • Instead of a dog sitting, draw a dog lying down!
  • Instead of a flower, draw the whole plant!

Here are some examples to get you thinking (and drawing!):

Giraffe:

Turtle:

Hibiscus:

Have fun and share what you create with your parents, friends, and teachers.
They might want to give nature doodling a go too!

For the adults:

(Parents/caregivers/educators)

This activity is aimed at developing both drawing and observation skills.

  1. Encourage kids to think about perspective: how does an object look when viewed from different positions? How do you represent a 3D object on a 2D piece of paper?
  2. For animal drawings – Encourage kids to think about the different things that animals do. How do they move their bodies? What do they do during the day and night? How do they find food? How do they interact with their environment?
  3. For plant drawings – Encourage kids to think about how plants change over time or react to their environment. For example, deciduous trees have leaves that change color and fall to the ground. Another example is that some flowers close up at night. Encourage kids to think about flowers or leaves as part of a whole organism. For example, instead of just a flower, suggest that kids draw the whole plant. Another idea is to have kids think about (and draw!) the roots that are attached to a tree or a flowering plant.