How to Draw Animals (Kids)

From visiting the zoo to begging for critters of their own, kids love animals! They love animals of all shapes and sizes, covered in fur, feathers, and scales— and they tend to love drawing them, too. Read on below the jump to learn how to draw all you favorite animals, including insects, household pets, and even sea creatures!


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    Draw a caterpillar with a couple of rounded "M"s and a circle for the head. Give your caterpillar a nice bright smile while you're at it, and maybe a leaf or two to munch.
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    Draw a butterfly using more simple shapes and patterns. Include lots of color and try to make the wings as symmetrical as possible.
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    Draw a frog poised to hop. The point of view can be from the front or the side, so long as you get the angle of the back legs right.
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    Draw a hamster with little paws and whiskers. Color it a darker brown on the outline and a lighter brown on its stomach, like so.
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    Draw a rabbit to keep your hamster company. Your picture could be of a domestic rabbit, shown above, or a rabbit like Bugs or the Easter Bunny. It's up to you!
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    Draw a turtle. You can try your hand at a cartoon turtle, a realistic turtle, or even a snapping turtle—draw them all if you want!
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    Draw a monkey. This one is a little complicated, but you should end up sketching a cute baby monkey with big eyes and a long tail.
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    Draw a cow grazing in a field. The more realistic your cow is, the more of a challenge it will be to draw it, but you shouldn't have much trouble so long as your proportions are correct.
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    Draw a fish as either gray and scaly or as a cartoon. If you'd prefer a fish you could keep in your home, try drawing a goldfish instead.
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    Draw a dolphin jumping out of the water. Make sure to shade it darker on the bottom!


  • Draw lightly in pencil so that you can easily erase mistakes.
  • To create realistic looking fur while drawing animals, try using colored pencils to add definition and texture.
  • If you want to use markers or watercolors on your drawing, use paper that is relatively thick and line over your pencil more darkly before doing so.
  • Trace over the final drawing with black pen or with pencil.
  • You don't need to add every strand of fur to an animal. Just draw the basic outline and shade it in.

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