Today we’re going to draw a super simple cartoon style afro, a natural hairstyle most common among African Americans and people of African descent. It’s spiraling that naturally form a thick “rounded shape, much like a cloud or puff ball.”
Are you wondering why we chose to draw an afro and created this tutorial for kids?
Because it’s important to address why many children draw the same hair when there are so many types, textures, colors, and styles of hair. It’s usually very short for boys…long and straight for girls.
You see this artistic repetition – A LOT – especially between the grades of K-2. You see the same line formation, same shapes, the same concept repeated OVER and OVER until it becomes stereotypical.
In a small unfortunate way, it is totally normal. Having peer groups and social circles is important. Fitting in is important.
BUT the problem arises when you’re talking about the core lesson being taught to kids who internalizes social concepts like what is the accepted norm for hair. Hint, there should not be “norm” for hair!
Let’s teach our kids and encourage them to try to draw what’s unfamiliar, diverse, different – so they can practice, widen their world, and gain artistic confidence.
🖍️ Tools For Success
- Paper (Our Free How To Draw Template PDF)
- Polymer Eraser
- Outline Markers
- Coloring Tools (I recommend Crayola’s 140 Piece Coloring Case)
🎨 Parents: The only tools you need to use these how-to-draw tutorials are: an eraser, a pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.
🔖 See our collection of How-To-Draw tutorial instructions for young kids! Check out our collection of free coloring pages for kids while you’re here too. We’re a group of independent illustrators that create coloring pages, how to draw tutorials, craft printables, and educational worksheets for kids. We update our resource library regularly so feel free to check back as we add more and more content. We’re currently at over 1000+ coloring pages and 500+ how-to-draw stuff guides for kids!
🖍️ Tools For Success
Note: This tutorial and our many others are suitable for ages 3 to 10 (preschool and above.)
And why not check out our collection of free coloring pages for kids! We update our resources library regularly so feel free to check back as we add more and more content. We’re currently at over 1000+ coloring pages and creating more how-to-draw stuff art tutorials!
Printing & Saving Instructions:
- Desktop & laptop users: the instant print button is in the upper left-hand corner.
- Mobile users: if you don’t see the instant print icon on mobile for whatever reason, toggle your mobile browser to “Desktop View” and you should be able to see it. You can find that in your web browser’s menu. Or find the nearest computer to print.
- Change the page orientation from horizontal or vertical depending on what fits best.
- To decrease load time we put images on different sub-pages. Use the navigation on the top and bottom of the galleries to toggle.
- Designed to fit both A4 size & U.S. standard letter size but preview your specs just in case.
- Want to save a file for later? Just hit the instant print button and choose instead to print, select Save As “PDF” in the drop-down selection, and done! (Your screen and selection might look a little different.)
🖍️ MORE HOW TO DRAW TUTORIALS…
- How To Draw Popular Minecraft Characters
- How To Draw Abe Lincoln
- How to Draw Baby Shark
- How To Draw Among Us Character
- How To Draw Dinosaurs (Different Kinds)
- How to Draw a Dolphin
- How To Draw a Cute Little Dragon
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