Here’s a wonderful, whimsical freebie to help kids (and parents!) learn to draw.
What to Draw and How to Draw was written in 1913 by E.G. Lutz and is one of the public domain books from the New York Public Library on Open Archive online.
The 78-page book is full of old-fashioned, simple drawings for children, such as a castles, fish, birds, cats, all different people and toy soldiers, among many others.
The book also contains simple instructions such as how to paint in watercolor, draw a five-pointed star and create ovals and ellipses.
Here are a few of the whimsical drawing lessons.
The book is copyright free and was uploaded by volunteers. You can read it online with your kids, or download it as a free pdf file, e-reader file, Kindle ebook, and more.
I’m in love with this darling little free printable from Delightful Distractions.
The book can be printed and used in a multitude of ways — you can cut it into strips to make a tiny book for your purse, cut it in half for a medium sized book, keep the pages intact for a binder, or cut each little square out to make little notes for the fridge and such to remember those quotes.
Click here to go print yours!
“Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions–the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself…”
Here’s a lovely free printable for parents from Brene Brown, to help us remember the important things in this journey. Be sure to check out her lovely article about it in the Huffington Post too!
Here’s a fun little printable craft from The Toymaker — Marble Mice! Just print out the pattern on cardstock, cut out, and add a large marble inside.
The Toymaker says…
These Marble Mice are fun to make and roll around on your desk. Cats love them!
(Photo courtesy Evan-Amos, Public Domain)
I’m not much of a journal keeper, but I think I could be if I got to use these delightful pages from Grace is Overrated.
Blog owner and artist Christie Zimmer says:
These pages were created out of a sense of delightful (and occasionally insightful) personal exploration. They combine fill-in-the-blank journal prompts with off-kilter to-do lists with game-show-inspired lightning rounds with whatever else comes to mind. I’ve had a great time creating them and I hope you’ll have just as much fun filling them in. Collect them all in a binder or envelope and look back every once in a while to see all that you’ve accomplished!
The pages are absolutely delightful and could be used by moms or kids (or anybody else!) alike. (Christie asks that her images not be reprinted elsewhere so you have to head over there to see the pages.)
Click on each page to view it and download it via Google docs. If you have trouble printing, check out her FAQ section for troubleshooting ideas.
I think I’m going to need more ink…
Here’s a lovely little free printable from Growing Play. I love it! Head on over to print out the PDF freebie.
Here’s a sweet little printable to help the kiddos remember the good and plan for 2012…
Head on over to thirty handmade days to snag it!