How to draw your mother!

Part of our Mother’s Day gifts included a drawing of our moms.  To help my young children draw a mother, I drew my own mom (sorry mom for the final results:) ….

As I drew my mom, we talked about how my mom has a head, and a neck, and arms, and a body, and legs, and feet…

Then I mentioned other attributes of my mother. I shared with the children how my mom has white curly hair and a big smile…

And how my mom sometimes wears glasses to read…

As I made the drawing of my mother, I integrated the reading of this very sweet book titled, “The Dress I’ll Wear to the Party” by Shirley Neitzel.  This book is about a little girl getting ready for her party but she is borrowing all of her mom’s things to wear to the party.

We talked about the book and what is happening and then as the little girl added new things to her attire, we added them to my mom’s drawing as well. Below, I am giving my mom a ring to wear to her party. I also added a purse and a bow and other items just like they show in the book (with my limited artistic skills:)…

Afterwards, the children went off to draw their own moms. They interpreted the drawing lesson in their own way which is what I want to see them do…

As a side note about drawing people, I was told at a recent conference by Lisa Murphy, the ooey gooey lady that children do not naturally draw stick figures but they are taught to draw stick figures. I didn’t know that! So this is why I demonstrated drawing a few body parts rather than a stick figure…

I also want you to know that we used special crayons for this occasion because they leave much better color on the paper. We used Crayola Oil Pastels for our drawings…

The children loved the results of these crayons and spent more time working on their drawings. One of my students drew three different versions of her mom…

After our drawings were all finished, the children dictated to Miss Abby and I why they loved their moms. Then we hung our pictures up for our Mother’s Day Tea party.  After all, we now had our moms all dressed up in the dress they would wear to our party!

Have a Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

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By |2012-05-13T09:41:21+00:00May 13th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. School Sparks Renee May 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    The moms will love their child’s creations – and your mom will too!! Renee

  2. Janet T. May 14, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    In a recent adult art class the teacher was stressing the importance of drawing what we really see. I realized when I hand our children a piece of paper and ask them to draw a person I’m not giving them enough to see. I took photos of them (in pairs to save money), and then cut out each child, and pasted each “paper doll” separately onto an index card, which I clipped to the edge of the easel when they painted. The results were amazing. Instead of stick figures we had bodies with form. Since then I’ve done the same thing with magazine pics of sunflowers, a bare tree in winter, and a dog. The differences in what they can do when they can see instead of try to recall is remarkable.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Oh wow! I am off to go clip pictures today!! Thank you for sharing that information with me!

  3. Ruthi May 14, 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Love your drawing ideas and am sure this one for moms was a hit!

    Also stopped by to see who won the Guidecraft food tray giveaway but couldn’t find the announcement post…

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Yes – I am just a tad behind this week:) Will get that up tonight!

      • Ruthi May 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

        Thanks for the speedy reply, Deborah! I know all about being a bit behind!

  4. Helen May 15, 2012 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I love the drawings my girls make of me – for Mother’s Day Kira drew one of her braiding my hair. Then she spent about 45 mins actually braiding my hair! Ouch, but it was fun 🙂

  5. Norma Floyd May 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Love your drawing of me…you captured my personality just perfectly…you can give me the picture if you wish!!!!

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