Creative Kids: Drawing Out and About

January 24, 2011

At our house, drawing is not always done sitting at a table. My kids draw everywhere and on any available material (insert common sense here).   Below are examples of some of the surfaces my kids draw on when we are out and about.

Creative Kids drawing on different materials

My kids love to express themselves creatively through drawing and it’s become an activity that is a natural part of our family life.   I love that!  I recently invested in a storage box clipboard for each of my children. Talk about fabulous.  Inside the box, I keep paper and pens; it’s easy to grab, anytime, and everything is secured inside. Specialist stationery stores sell these storage clipboards. I found mine at Officeworks.

Creative Kids: Drawing

Where to take it?

* Holidays

* Long car trips

* Grandparent’s house

* Nature walks

* The wait before appointments

* Anywhere really

Some activities to do

Nature Walk

Go on a nature hunt and draw plants, insects, landscapes or animals.

My daughter was rather fascinated by this bug… but was it one bug or two? Ahem…creative kids: drawing -- nauture study

Car Count

Look for different kinds of cars and keep a tally.  Categorise cars relevant to age, for example, a 4 year old might look for blue cars and a 9 year old may look for Fords. Great idea for long car trips.

Naughts and Crosses

Read how to play here: How to Play Naughts and Crosses

Leaf Trace

Place a leaf under the paper and rub the side of the pencil on the paper to reveal a pattern.

Craft/Activity Station

There is quite a bit of room inside the box.  Enough to fit stickers, an eraser, an activity book, scissors and even some small craft items.

Using this kind of clipboard is a perfect way to take drawing with you everywhere. Do your kids like to draw?

Be A Fun Mum Links

Make a Flower Head Wreath

Make Scrambled Eggs Today, Have Fun Tomorrow

Op Shop Cubby

A Fairy’s Home or a Pirate Trap

The Best Family Adventure: Geocaching

It’s the Fun You Have Along the Way

Nature: A Wonderful Teacher

Backyard Games

External Links

Children’s Drawing Stages – 6 Things to Look For

The Six Stages of Kids Artwork: Part One Preschool

The Six Stages of Kids Artwork: Part Two Shape and Form

The Six Stages of Kids Artwork: Park Three ‘As Know’ to ‘As Seen’

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KateNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I haven’t seen those clipboards before – what a fabulous idea, storage and table all in one!

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Kelly BNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 7:21 am

@Kate, Yep, works a treat!

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KimNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Oh, great idea! I love the *ahem* double-headed bug. :)

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Kelly BNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 7:25 am

@Kim, LOL

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BookChookNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Yes, I would have enjoyed hearing your explanation of that bug too!

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Kelly BNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

@BookChook, She was so cute trying to decide if it was one bug or two…

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PlanningQueenNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

The clipboards are a great idea Kelly. Thanks for the link to my post as well!

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Kelly BNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 7:28 am

@PlanningQueen, No worries Nic. Love the Art Eater ;)

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Sharron PeacockNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

LOL….that was so funny about the bug….we were trying to be serious!!!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 8:17 am
FreyaNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

I keep meaning to getting around to making an art notebook (http://www.howdoesshe.com/art-notebooks) for my girl. I think she’d love to carry it around – and anything I don’t have to carry for her is a bonus!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

@Freya, My Goodness! Freya, it’s gorgeous!!! LOVE IT!! My eldest daughter WOULD LOVE that! :D Thanks for sharing it with me.

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Heather PhillipsNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

GREAT idea! I’ve seen those clipboards around, even at discount stores, in pretty child-friendly transparent colors. I’m so going out and getting one and stocking it with art goodies for the Sofi. She’s a drawing fiend. She’s been known to draw with a pen on receipts…on long drives.

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

@Heather Phillips, HA! Love it! My kids have been known to draw on receipts too. hehe

I’m sure she’s love it!

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AliceNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

What a great idea! I think we’ll be investing in these our three!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar January 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

@Alice, Hope they love it Al x

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AliceNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

What a great idea! I think we’ll be investing in these for our three!

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allyNo Gravatar June 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

They’re brilliant – thanks for the inspiration
We draw anywhere, anytime too…

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar June 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

No worries. Hope you love it as much as we do! x

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Dean AshbyNo Gravatar February 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I have two kids of my own here in Sydney and I would love to know where I could get one of these storage box clipboards. Whoever thought up the idea of the storage box clipboards is brilliant! I also love how kids express themselves in drawing – it’s always honest and untainted. I find kids by nature enjoy doing artwork and this is certainly the best way to get them to concentrate on something for a long time while in commute or just when they feel bored, and possibly destructive. Thank you for sharing this. You have given a father some pretty good ideas for some family time.

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar February 28, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hi Dean. You can get them from Officeworks. Kelly

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