The basics of drawing anything is learning how to use shapes. Here’s a fun activity which not only allows for practicing the drawing of shapes, but also encourages drawing from observation, another important skill for artists. I found a wonderful Walter Foster book called “How to Draw Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” with a few pages of goofy parts of the face. I printed these out, then had the kids make up their own creatures using shapes they invented and the parts of the face which they copied.
I found the following on a piece of tracing paper. I encourage tracing paper for really young students for this exercise. It’s really good for small motor development, plus the results are really cool.
For older students, a little extra shape work and creativity can super add a nice touch for a more complete character.