I've even gone so far as to have one of my children's drawings embroidered onto a bag, and I've posted my children's pictures on my blog regularly with a huge degree of pride and a big smile.
Wherever you are in the world, and at whatever time in history, since the first human daubed on a wall, children have drawn, and used their imaginations to complete their pictures. The example below is from a 7 year old child called Onfim in Novgorod, Northern Russia. He drew this picture back in the 13th C AD, and it shows two of the most famous people he knew - his Mum and Dad (here's a brilliant post with more of Onfim's artwork).
Children nowadays are surrounded by images of famous people, and SunLife asked children to draw famous people, and then asked adults to see if we could recognise them. This can be harder than it sounds. Here is a drawing one of my sons brought home when he was just 4. These are an incredibly famous family, everyone has heard of them, but are they recognisable? Answers at the bottom of the page...
I asked both of my boys to have a go, and they're older now, so it should be easier, right? My craft-loving and currently more artistic 7 year old drew someone very familiar (we're most interested in the one on the left) who might just have been mentioned a lot this week. Bear in mind he's colour-blind, and sees colour very differently, he isn't drawing these people with a fake tan! Who did he draw?
Here is a drawing of someone very famous from my 6 year old. But who is it? A clue is only fair because it's a fabulous drawing, but someone from history and not what I was expecting at all! He has something big in common with the person my 7 year old drew....Answers all at the bottom of the page...
Confident I have seen thousands of children's drawings and I could score well, I tried the online kid’s celebrity drawing quiz myself. The drawings are excellent and there are definitely some future gallery exhibitors there! The good news for me is that I actually scored 7/9, so I'm pleased with my result! Can you beat me?
The quiz can be found here: Children's Celebrity Drawing Fun Quiz.
This has been a great laugh and I now have more keepsakes to treasure forever. I love watching the details in their drawings build up as a child becomes more aware of their own body and surroundings.
Why not ask your children to draw some famous people? You may discover a latent talent, or you may just get some awesomely funny results! Either way, you'll have something to bring out on their 18th birthday...
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The drawings depict:
Age 4 - Baby Jesus lying in the manger, Mary and Joseph. No, it isn't a donkey, it's a manger. He insisted emphatically at the time.
Age 6 - The Queen - Elizabeth II. No extra points for the fabulous Beefeater, sorry.
Age 7 - Henry VIII ! We were expecting Dan TDM! Apparently they are studying Henry VIII at school...and he clearly eats chicken legs.
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