Do you feel pressured when asked to draw something? I do. When I found out we (3rd grade class) were all going to draw a reindeer, I thought it would never work. I thought they would all struggle and not be able to do it. Boy was I wrong. In fact, we loved this so much that we made a Leprechaun too! Read on to find out How [yes, you] can Draw a Reindeer. Don’t miss the awesome list of Reindeer books at the bottom too.
This is a perfect activity for all ages! I loved it so much that I’ve done the activity in a classroom, with my own child, and with a large group of women (Christmas Ice Breaker). Most of all it would also be a fun family Christmas activity.
Wouldn’t it be funny to see who can really follow directions? You’ll know by the way their reindeer turns out! I get asked all of the time if I have more Directed Drawing activities. You can find them HERE.
PRINT OUT the directions:
Click here >>>>>>>>> How to Draw a Reindeer
Reindeer Drawing Supplies:
- direction sheet (link above)
- primary colors of crayons (we prefer this type of crayons or colored pencils)
- white paper (construction paper or card stock)
How to Draw a Reindeer Directions
I am a very visual person and find that looking at these directions are helpful to give a base on how I teach Directed Drawing to a group of children.
1. Give children a copy and then start a draft. You can use their journals or dry erase boards. Next, model how to draw the pictures to your children or students. Show them that it just takes simple shapes. Many children are overwhelmed by the details and then so surprised when they DO it!
2. Point out the transitional words (first, next, then, last, finally).
3. Pass out new paper and encourage students to make their final copy.
4. Finally, enjoy!
This class set was made by second graders. When it was hung in the hallway, the teacher added a really neat touch using a “free take-one” envelope. The other classes went wild taking the directions and we hope they’re having fun making them with their friends and families too.
This was inspired by Art Venterous. You can see it here.
How the Reindeer Got Their Antlers by Geraldine McCaughrean
Reindeer (A Day in the Life: Polar Animals) by Katie Marsico
Reindeer Christmas by Mark Kimball Moulton
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May
The Great Reindeer Rebellion by Lisa Trumbauer
The South Pole Reindeer Revolt by Rodney Norman
The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
Uncles and Antlers by Lisa Wheeler
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I get asked all of the time if I have more Directed Drawing activities. You can find them HERE.