How To Draw Dr. Seuss’ Famous Christmas Grinch (Step By Step For Young Kids)

How To Draw Dr. Seuss’ Famous Christmas Grinch (Step By Step For Young Kids)

Oh he’s a mean one, Mr. Grinch. I don’t think Mr. Grinch needs an introduction. It’s a true American Christmas classic! The Grinch is an animated Christmas fairy film released in the United States originally created by Dr. Seuss. It is based on Dr. Seuss’s 1957 novel How the Grinch Stole Christmas. A computer-generated version was released in 2018 by Illumination and Universal Pictures. In this class, One Christmas, fed up with it all – Mr. Grinch and his cute dog Max prepares to destroy the Christmas festival of Whoville by stealing all the town citizens’ decorations and gifts. Spoiler, it didn’t work! It’s a heartwarming story, and who doesn’t love an anti-hero as a central character? If you’re a Seuss fan like I am, then this EASY PEASY Grinch drawing tutorial will surely bring you joy as you recreate Seuss’s most famous character.


This tutorial and our many others are suitable for ages 3 to 8.

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🖍️ Tools For Success

🎨 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.

Step-by-Step: How to Draw a Grinch for Kids

We’re drawing a cartoon Grinch that’s been simplified for young children. We skipped the sharp face scruffs, but you are free to add those on after you get a hang of a basic Grinch. We are staying with the classic bright green colored Grinch; the original Grinch by Seuss was black and white. This vile green can be described as…seasick crocodile; I like to call the shade “dumpster stink.” Sounds great…? Let’s start.

  1. Draw an inverted pentagon-shaped face leaving the upper part open and the three corners with slight curves.
  2. On the open space, draw a cloud-like shape – the more curves, the better.
  3. Then, on top of it, draw a triangular Santa hat with a circular bid in the end. 
  4. Inside the Grinch’s face, draw two adjacent diagonal lines parallel to the jawline.
  5. Next, in the middle of the two diagonal lines, draw a vertical line with a tiny oval on top. After that, draw two parallel lines below the grinch’s chin for the neck. 
  6. Draw a curved eyebrow pointing upwards. Double the curves to make the eyebrow look thick.
  7. Underneath, draw another curved line following the eyebrow’s direction; then, on the opposite sides, draw two vertical lines with a diagonal line under them. This will serve as the eye so, to complete it, draw a small circular iris on top. 
  8. Repeat step three to form the right eye and eyebrow. You’ll have the creepiest eyes! 
  9. Let’s make this Grinch dumpster green with evil wormy brown eyebrows, white eyes, and a red and white Christmas hat! 

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Interesting Facts about The Grinch

  • The original television special starred Boris Karloff in 1966 and the feature-length 2000 live-action film starred Jim Carrey as the Grinch.
  • The makeup process for the 2000 live-action movie starring Jim Carrey was so horrible, he considered quitting his role as the Grinch. A CIA agent who specialized in torture was hired to help him endure an eight and a half HOUR makeup process.
  • Following The Lorax, this is Illumination’s second Dr. Seuss adaptation in 2012.
  • The Grinch hated Christmas for 53 years (which was the age of Dr. Seuss when he wrote it.) Dr. Seuss himself who lived in La Jolla, California lived above a tall hill that oversaw the Christmas lights and he didn’t like them very much being a recluse.
  • The Grinch has garlic in his soul and spiders in his brain! (Don’t touch him with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!)
  • The Grinch met Cindy Loo Who…who couldn’t have been more than two!
  • The Dr in Seuss was awarded to Ted Geisel (real name of Dr. Seuss) after his passing.
  • Dr. Seuss related the most to the character of Grinch, he was self-described as grumpy too.
  • The Grinch in the original books was black and white in color with pink eyes. Green came later after the first television adaptation.
  • Ted Geisel drove around with a vanity license plate that read “GRINCH” following the success of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” cost around $300,000 in the 60s. Back then, it was 10 times more expensive than other half-hour television animations.
  • Seuss described “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” as “the easiest book of my career to write.”


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