Save your sanity this October with fun Halloween directed drawing activities for kids in K-2. Teach kids how to draw a haunted house, spider, Frankenstein, bat, and jack o’ lantern.
5 Halloween Directing Drawings for Your Students
We’ve all been there. It’s the week of Halloween, and students seem to be sugar high already. You can’t figure out why or how because trick or treating hasn’t even happened. But they have more energy than last week!
So what do you do to try and calm the crazy and still have some Halloween fun?
Halloween directed drawing activities might be the perfect answer to this question.
How Directed Drawing Helps With Learning
Directed drawing is a step-by-step process. The teacher guides or directs students through each drawing step and shows them where and how to make the next part of the picture.
Using directed drawings in the classroom has many learning benefits. It is often used in primary grades because it allows students to practice listening and enhances their ability to pay attention to detail, understand descriptive language, and follow directions.
They also help students build their confidence and encourage reluctant artists to draw.
Quick Directed Drawing Tips
Here are some quick directed drawing tips to make the process easy and enjoyable for your students and you too!
- Use a document camera or pictures to help show each step.
- Go slowly so all students have time to complete each part of the picture.
- Connect the drawing to a holiday, theme, or lesson to make it relevant.
- Start the drawing with pencils, and have students draw lightly in case they want to erase but encourage them to embrace the “unperfect” picture they are drawing!
- Go over each pencil line with a black marker to make them pop before coloring or painting!
Easy Halloween Directed Drawing
Halloween is a favorite holiday in the classroom for students, yet teachers may find it chaotic and a reason to take an Advil when they get home. Oh, the Halloween headache is real!
But Halloween directed drawings can make the days leading up to Halloween and the celebrations much more fun!
Haunted House Drawing
Who doesn’t love a spooky house? This haunted house directed drawing is sure to encourage some extra creativity. This directed draw includes six steps and small details—the perfect illustration for a haunted house story.
Bat Directed Drawing
Bats are so Halloween! This cute bat directed drawing is the perfect addition to your plans. Pair it with a read aloud of the book Stellaluna or Bats In the Library to make this activity more meaningful inside the classroom. Discuss with little learners how bats will not harm us and all the good they do for the environment!
Spider Directed Drawing
This drawing isn’t the itsy bitsy spider, but he’s still pretty cute. Kids follow the six steps of this Halloween directed draw to create their own little creepy crawly spider. After they are finished, have them write a story about their spider.
Frankenstein Directed Drawing
Kids will be interested to know that Frankenstein is actually the name of the doctor who created the monster. Connect this interesting fact with a Halloween themed book and drawing activity. This fun and easy Frankenstein directed draw is the perfect Halloween activity. Grab the free tutorial below!
Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Drawing
Everyone loves carving pumpkins as Halloween approaches, and drawing them is just as fun. The jack o’ lantern directed drawing gives students the perfect opportunity to show their personality when they add a face to their pumpkin. The directed draw shows a silly and happy face, but kids can get creative with their own.
Other Halloween Directed Drawing Ideas
You can use directed drawings in many different ways in the classroom.
Here are just a couple classroom ideas for Halloween:
- Put them in a Halloween writing center
- Use as a book response to a Halloween-themed book
- Holiday party activity
- Journal illustration about their Halloween experience
Other Halloween drawing ideas are available if students want to learn how to draw candy corn, a scarecrow, or a monster.
Here are more Halloween directed drawing resources:
These are a few of the Halloween directed drawings available. You can find step-by-step directions, printables, and many videos to help bring directed drawing easily into your classroom!
Resources to Help You Teach Halloween Directed Drawing
Try Halloween directed drawing in your classroom with this FREE Frankenstein directed Drawing resource!
Click the image below to grab a copy.
Halloween Directed Drawings
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