Drawing and Coloring Art Activities for Kids and Adults

Doing art with my five-year-old son is our bonding time together. Lately when 6am rolls around he’s right beside my bed asking if we can do art together. I know that he may not always want to do art with his “mommy” and “best friend” so I’m taking advantage of it while I can, even if what I really want to do is close my eyes and go back to sleep. Below are some kid-friendly art drawing and coloring activities that we love to do together. They are also activities I would do on my own and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Zentangle Art

If you follow along with me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m a fan of zentangle art. Zentangle is a method of art that uses repetitive zentangle patterns to creative beautiful images. I’ve taught my son how to zentangle with this simple activity.


1.Here’s what you’ll need.

-Paper. For this activity we used white cardstock. I like the heavier weight cardstock and it helps keeps wrinkles out. But you could use plain computer paper as well.

-Crayons, markers, or pencils: We used Color Appeel crayons for this activity, and they worked wonderfully. The colors were bright and they colored smoothly, but what we loved best were the patterns on the outside of the crayon paper. We used those patterns for ideas as we doodled.

2.To start, draw a non-specific doodle with intersecting lines. Sometimes I draw the starting doodle and sometimes my son draws it.

3.Take turns filling in each section of the doodle. The sections can be filled with patterns, doodles, or just plain color. Sometimes we each do our own section and other times we add to a section that has already been filled.

4. Originally my idea was for us to stay inside the lines, but my son wanted to add some heart balloons outside the lines, and really it made the picture so much better. Sometimes art works better when you let go of the rules and just create.

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Since I was a young girl, I’ve always loved drawing mandalas, and I thought it was time to teach my son. I typically draw mandalas freehand, but for my son I knew it would be easier to use a compass to draw circles and then teach him to fill in the space between each circle. Before we began, I showed him different mandala pictures and explained how mandalas have a center point with all lines and patterns forming out and around from that central point.


1.Here’s what you’ll need.

-A drawing compass like this. If you don’t have a compass you could also use varying circular shapes that can be traced.

-Paper. I prefer cardstock but regular drawing or computer paper works as well.

-Markers or pencils: You’ll want to use something with a medium- or fine-sized tip. Stampables Markers are a great option because there are 24 colors to choose from, and they are double sided with one end a marker and the other a stamp.

2. Start by using your compass. I haven’t taught my son how to use one yet so I draw the circles for us. I draw 8 circles. There’s no magic number, and you don’t need to space them all the same.

3. Take turns drawing inside each space, starting with the center. I explained to my son that with mandalas you want to keep the pattern repeating within the space you’re drawing.

4. With our Stampables Markers we were also able to incorporate stamp patterns into our mandala.

I loved how our rainbow mandala turned out, and it’s clear that this is a new favorite art activity for my son.

If you’re looking for a great portable marker to take on-the-go for mandala making, I love these Stackables Stacking Markers. The felt tip is perfect for details, and at 2.5 inches long they are easy to take with you. I always have an art box on hand in the car for when we go out to eat or when we’re in need of a boredom-buster, and these Stackables have become a staple in our art box.

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Doodle Blocks

Doodle blocks are a great way to make drawing more fun by turning it into a game. The blocks also serve as prompts so that you don’t have to think of patterns as you go.


1.Here’s what you’ll need.

-Wooden blocks. I bought mine here, but you can also find them on Etsy.

-Paper. Again, I prefer heavier-weight cardstock, but you could use plain computer paper as well.

-Crayons, markers, or pencils. I used Color Luxe Gel Pens for the blocks, and we used both the gel pens and Color Appeel Crayons for the drawing to create different textures.

2. Use 3 or more blocks to make your doodle blocks. One block should have basic shapes or objects (e.g., rainbow, car, star, heart, square, circle), and the other blocks should have patterns.

3. Roll the shape block first, and use the shape as your basic outline.

4. Draw intersecting lines within the shape outline.

5. Take turns rolling one pattern block or both. Use the patterns rolled to fill in each empty space. You can also mix in rolling the shape block. The shapes should be added to the empty spaces as well. Keep rolling and drawing until every space is filled. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to play this game. In the end you’ll have a beautiful mosaic of coloring, patterns, and doodles.

I hope these drawing activities have provided some inspiration. For more art ideas and activities for kids, make sure you’re following along with me, @sam_thrive360living and @weareooly on Instagram.