Written by Vicki Macchiavello for Nannies Plus
Picture this: in the midst of the longest holiday break of the school year, the child you care for has expressed an interest in drawing.
They look you in the eye and say “Today for our afternoon activity, will you teach me to draw?” Panic sets in. You’ve got all the bases of being an awesome nanny covered–you make awesome snacks, expedite neighborhood adventures, know the best spots for local fun, and help with homework and chores…but drawing?
Drawing is a request you want to support but what if it’s not your forte?
Don’t stress! We’ve got you covered. Below you will find a round-up of resources for any nanny, family assistant, or even parent to use with their charges or children to learn to draw. These resources are kid and adult tested, easy to follow, and fun!
Art For Kids Hub
The drawing lessons at Art for Kids Hub are taught by a dad of four. The lessons library has a variety of drawing videos for artists of all levels, from super simple doodles for preschoolers all the way to more complex technical drawings of cool branded images, like Star Wars and Disney characters. The best part about the videos is the vantage point. Rob always draws alongside one of his children so that your little artist can see what a drawing looks like when a child follows the instructions.
Draw Together Studio was born at the start of the pandemic, with artist Wendy Mac hosting Instagram Lives, leading kids in simple drawing lessons. What started as a fun way to get through those early stay-at-home days grew into a global phenomenon with children from all over the world literally drawing together. Wendy’s videos are all roughly 15 minutes long, center around a theme like shapes or weather, and are engaging and easy to follow!
When it comes to screen-free learning, the best step-by-step drawing books for kids, hands down, are published by Usborne Books. Their drawing books are separated into the following age groups: 2+, 4+, 7+, and 9+, and have categories like people, animals, faces, cartoons, and comics. Each lesson is broken down into simple line drawings and spans two pages, with room for your little artist to give the lesson a try. Children and adults alike will be drawing in no time. Search “Drawing” at usborne.com
What other learning resources do you use when drawing with children? Let us know in the comments below!