Art activities, such as directed drawing, make learning fun. Here are ideas for fall drawings for kids to use in the K-2 classroom.
Fall Drawing & Art Ideas For Kids
With the beautiful foliage, Halloween decorations, and upcoming holidays, it’s a great time to bring directed drawing into your classroom. They are step-by-step drawings made by kids with clear instructions that relate to a theme presented in class. They provide a break from traditional academics while enhancing the unit you are presenting.
There are many fun ways to teach directed drawing in your weekly lessons. Not only do they build confidence and art skills, but they do much more! They enhance focus and concentration.
Kids love to express themselves through art. Fun fall drawings and art activities will keep excitement brewing as the kids learn to draw and create fall trees and their own fall drawings.
These works of art help decorate classrooms (and homes) for the season. Kids don’t think of it as learning, which is a huge bonus!
Benefits To Teaching Fall Drawings
There are countless benefits to adding fall drawings to your lesson plans.
Here are just a few for you to consider:
- Lesson enhancement – Drawings can enhance any unit or topic you are studying. As the kids learn how to draw something, they are subconsciously reflecting on what they have learned.
- Improving concentration – Kids sharpen their concentration and focus skills when doing directed drawing. They need to pay attention to the directions to complete the picture.
- Educational and developmental skills practice – Kids work on educational skills, including fine motor skills, geometry (shapes), and spatial relationships while they draw. These skills then get used in other outlets and future drawings. The growth from picture to picture throughout the year is amazing.
- Wall decor – You will have lovely masterpieces to display on your walls.
- Confidence and creativity – Kids develop confidence and begin to see themselves as artists. Their attitude toward art changes and they welcome the chance to create their own work. Exploring imagination and creativity will help create more well-rounded individuals.
- Learning about nature and seasonal changes – Fall drawings help you bring nature indoors.
- Stretching the imagination – More importantly, using drawings in your class allows kids to be expressive and creative. Let their imagination soar. As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Tying In Fall Drawings With the Curriculum
Fall directed drawings can easily tie in with science, math, writing, and reading. Approaching educational activities from all angles, including art, make learning easier. By adding fall drawings, you tap into the creative right side of the brain.
In science, pumpkins, trees, leaves, and apples can be studied in class. Incorporate the life cycle and label the parts with these fall topics. With your fall science exploration, add in some drawings as a background or to display what kids have learned in class.
Let’s remember how fun Halloween and Thanksgiving themes are for the kids. Drawing and writing about Halloween adventures and studying turkeys for Thanksgiving are fun ways to learn, draw, and work on academics.
Fall Drawing Activities
Use the free directed drawing activities this fall to make learning engaging and creative!
Proud to be Primary – Find a variety of fall drawing resources, directions, and photos as a guide to your lessons!
- Frankenstein drawing for Halloween
- Turkey drawing for Thanksgiving
- There are many FREE directed drawing resources for other themes. Check out the leprechaun, Santa Claus, school bus, butterfly, Easter bunny, groundhog, snowman tutorials, and freebies!
Art for Kids Hub has numerous free drawings with a Halloween or fall theme. You can use the videos in class or with virtual learning, too! Some of the free videos include drawing a bat, haunted house, spider, skeleton hand, apple pie, and pumpkin.
More fall directed drawings can be found at the Easy Peasy and Fun website. Scroll down to the Halloween and Fall drawings where you will find a pumpkin, bat, ghost, spiderweb, jack o’ lantern, spider, and owl.
Find more free fall drawings including a scarecrow, leaves, black cat, bat, owl, monster, and Crankenstein at Art Projects for Kids.
FREE Fall Directed Drawing Activities
Grab a fall-themed set of five directed drawings and tons of reading and writing activities to try this season! It is a sample of the Themed Directed Drawing Bundle.
Click the image below to get your free sample pack!
More Directed Drawing Resources
Use drawing mats weekly to provide a fun thematic break each week. Or, use drawings to create a monthly calendar using seasonal and holiday themes.
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