Looking for ideas on how to teach kids to draw? Ed Emberley’s Funprint Fingerprint Drawing Art book is a great way to inspire kids to become more artistic and my printable drawing frames can be used to encourage creativity too. Some kids are lucky enough to have an innate ability to draw while others need some guidance. Fingerprint art is a fun drawing activity that can be enjoyed by beginners and even experienced artists. Kids don’t have to know how to draw a perfect circle because their fingerprint serves as the best base. Plus which child doesn’t like using stamps to make fingerprints on paper?
My kids and I love Ed Emberley’s drawing books. The step by step drawing instructions teaches kids that drawings are made up of a few different shapes and if you can make those shapes you can create any drawing. We aren’t naturally great at drawing but it is something that all of us want to do and Ed Emberley’s books have us off to a great start. We want to draw and create these adorable pictures and a major plus is that art is so soothing for our mind and body.
The fingerprint part of each picture sets the perfect base for creation and I truly believe this is the perfect book to teach kids how to draw. Besides the children, I love using Ed Emberley’s books too. I often sit with one of his drawing books while the kids are doing homework. This lets me be close to them so if they need help with homework I am right there and it also lets this time be a very peaceful and soothing time mentally too.
The fingerprint art book teaches children:
- How to draw motions like walking, jumping, singing and more.
- How to draw emotions like happy, sad, worried, etc.
- How to draw insects, animals, flowers, cars, and more!
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- Stamp pad (That one is my favorite stamp pad for kids. I also have this one for more colors. I have the one that includes the dabbers.)
- Ed Emberley’s Funprint Fingerprint Art book
- Sharpie ultra fine point pens
- Printable drawing frames (found at the bottom of this post.)
- * Dabbers (These are optional. I prefer fingers but if you have a child who doesn’t enjoy getting their fingers messy you can use these dabbers instead. My kids use these sometimes too.)
While you are at it, I honestly recommend you buy all of Ed Emberley’s drawing books. I started by buying 2-3 and then immediately went ahead and purchased 3 more. I promise you that these books will be used for years and years!
Teaching kids to draw with fingerprint art
First we used the printable frames. These drawing frames are so versatile and can be used for any other type of art project too.
The kids first made a few different fingerprints in each frame using different colors from our stamp pad. We then waited for the stamp to dry (almost immediately).
Then we started the drawing process using our extra fine sharpie pens. We went in order from the first page of the week.
Pictured above is my 10 year old’s drawing.
The picture above is my 7 year olds drawing.
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My drawings can be seen here. As you can see…. once I got started I never wanted to stop.
You can get the supplies needed below. (You will reuse these items over and over again in your home.)
You do not need drawing frames for this activity but they are definitely a fun addition. I print out 10 pages and then leave them in my kids craft table drawer. The kids can then reach for them to create fun drawings of scenery, characters and more.
More Fingerprint Art Activities:
More fun painting ideas and activities
- Easy Skittles Rainbow
- Shaving Cream Painting
- Create a home Art Cart
- Rainbow Raised Salt Painting
- Create a kids playroom