Surprise Drawing Activity

This week’s summer crafting activity is actually more of a drawing activity, but it’s a really fun one and there is no end to the creative variations you could think up for the surprise drawings we will be making. All you need is plain A4 paper and pens.

Who is this activity suitable for?

Older kids will be able to do this all by themselves, younger kids may need some help drawing the initial outlines but can join in with colouring and adding details.

I’ve recorded a short video to show you how it’s done and some of the variations my kids came up with. If you scroll further down, you’ll also find step-by-step instructions with photos if you, but it’s a lot more fun to see the drawings in action in the video. At the end of this post, I’ve also included a couple of templates to download and colour in, for anyone who doesn’t feel confident enough to draw their own, but do try and give it a go yourselves – there’s not much you can do wrong.

Here’s the video to show you what to do…

And here are the step-by-step instructions…

Step 1: Take an A4 sheet of paper and place it front of you with the short sides at the top and bottom.

Surprise Drawings

Step 2: Fold the bottom half up, make a crease, then fold it down again. You should now have a crease along the middle of the paper.

Surprise Drawings

Step 3: Take the bottom end and fold it up to meet the crease you have just made, and flatten it down.

Surprise Drawings

Step 4: Now fold that folded up piece backwards along the middle crease, and lay the paper in front of you with the folded part on the top half of the upper side – the video really shows this better than I could explain it in words.

Surprise Drawings

Surprise Drawings

Step 5: Draw a picture across the fold. A fish is an easy one to start with if you are doing this for the first time. You want the fold to be roughly along the middle of your fish. Draw a line along the fold where you want the mouth to be.

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Step 6: Unfold the piece of paper – you should now have two halves of a fish with a big gap in between. Join up the mouth and the two pieces of the tail – again, the video show this much better than explaining in words.

Surprise Drawings

Surprise Drawings

Step 7: Add in some details, such as eyes, fins and teeth. Draw something in the space between the fish’s mouth e.g. a smaller fish. Then colour your drawing in.

Surprise Drawings

Step 8: Finished! Folded up, your drawing looks like a harmless little fish. Unfolded, it’s a fierce shark eating a smaller fish.


What other surprise pictures can you think of to draw?

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4 Comments on Surprise Drawing Activity

  1. hayley gray
    22 July 2020 at 2:41 pm (3 months ago)

    looks good, been finding my older children don’t really want to spend much time with there boring mum anymore. But they love crafts and coloring so i will give this a try with them and get all the kids involved.

  2. Sabina Green
    22 July 2020 at 5:19 pm (3 months ago)

    Great idea! Really simple and the kids could get very creative with lots of ideas.

  3. Sarah-Marie
    22 July 2020 at 5:59 pm (3 months ago)

    What a fun activity. My eldest would absolutely love doing this! When I was a child, I’m sure one of my relatives could do something similar with the Queen on a £5 note!

  4. Claire
    22 July 2020 at 6:42 pm (3 months ago)

    These are brilliant! Just the right sense of humour for children as well.

    I think we could have a lot of fun with this, thank you x


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