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A Detailed Guide To Drawing Animals Through Thumb Painting

Team StoryWeavers|January 10, 2023, 11:53 IST| 2

Playing with colours is fun for all, especially children. And the joy doubles if you can draw something meaningful and fun, like animals but using only your thumb. Using thumb painting to draw animals is a fun way for children to use their creativity and imagination.

Children will have a great deal of fun using thumb painting to draw animals by following this step-by-step guide. Before you start, do not forget to wash your hand thoroughly and dry them out with a clean towel.

Things you need to draw animals using thumb painting

  1. Blank papers
  2. Poster colours or stamp pads 
  3. Cloth to wipe hands
  4. Sketch pens

How to draw a tiger using thumb painting

  • Step 1: Put paint on your thumb and make a thumbprint on the paper with it.
  • Step 2: As shown in the picture, make a smaller thumbprint for the head of the tiger
  • Step 3: Wait for the paint to dry. It will take a couple of minutes. 
  • Step 4: With a black marker, draw eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and whiskers. 
  • Step 5: Now, add four legs and a tail. 
  • Step 6: At the very end, add the stripes on the head and the back, as shown in the image. 

How to draw an elephant using thumb painting

  • Step 1: Make a thumbprint as shown in the picture using a colour of your choice.
  • Step 2: Add eyes and ears as shown in the picture after the paint has dried.
  • Step 3: Then, you can proceed to add the trunk. Be careful with the proportions. 
  • Step 4: To complete the elephant drawing, add the tail and four legs. 

How to draw a snail using thumb painting

  • Step 1: Make a thumbprint as shown in the picture with the colour paint of your choice. However, the typical oval shape should be rounded off a bit.
  • Step 2: Once the paint dries, add the body of the snail. Since it is a difficult shape, it will help if you practise a bit beforehand. 
  • Step 3: Then, add the eyes and the mouth. 
  • Step 4: Don’t forget to draw the swirly pattern on the snail’s shell. Use the above picture as a guide.

Once your child finishes drawing animals, ask them to add relevant things around them, such as trees, stones, rivers, etc. You can get creative further by guiding your child to use other fingers on their hand to paint the trees, stones and more. It will provide some frame of reference to the animals your child has drawn on the paper. 

You could make the thumb painting activity even more enjoyable by challenging them to create drawings of other kinds of animals using only their thumbs. It will propel their creativity and will also motivate them to learn more about animals. 

Are you excited to try out thumb painting with your child? Will you make thumb painting a part of your family routine? Let us know in the comments below. 

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About the Author

“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She wholeheartedly believes in the quote by Arthur Rubinstein that says – “if you love life, life will love you back”. She is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grades 2 & 3, as a part of the Teach For India Fellowship. These little girls have a special place in her heart, and when she writes for children, she writes for them!

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January 11, 2023

Is it feasible to download this as pdf?


January 11, 2023

It was so fun 😀


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