drawing-pictures-for-kids I love receiving letters from my sponsored children. My girl in the Dominican Republic colors some precious pictures in each letter she sends us.

Doesn’t it just make your day when you get artwork from your child?

Have you ever considered that your child would love to receive artwork from you?

Sure, we can send blank coloring book pages, but have you ever considered coloring some of them?

Have you ever had your children, nieces or nephews do art and coloring to send to your sponsored child with your letters?

“But Brett, I’m a horrible artist. My artwork stinks. You’ll have better luck finding a flying pig than getting me to keep my colors within the lines.”

Do you think the child will actually care if your drawing isn’t perfect?

Do you think he or she will care if you don’t stay within the lines of your creation?

Not a chance!

Your child will be so proud and happy you took the time to do something special!

“I sponsor a boy and he probably doesn’t want silly pictures or coloring book sheets.”

Perhaps, but I’m sure he likes soccer/football/futbol. Why not try to draw the crest or logo of his favorite team? Or try drawing the child’s country flag.

I told my 3-year-old daughter that we were going to do art for our girl in the Dominican Republic. She picked out a page from one of her Disney coloring books and colored it for Nara. Simple. Meaningful. Heartfelt.


Our online letter writing party is held on the second Friday of every month. Will you join us?

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  1. Terri Schultz
    Aug 8, 2011
    at 7:54 am

    What a sweet idea! I have a Sunday School class that is sponsoring a new child in Guatemala. I think I’ll have them ALL draw her pictures, then send them to her a few at a time.

  2. Aug 8, 2011
    at 8:16 am

    We discovered something called “artist trading cards” (also called ATCs) and began to send them to our sponsored kids. An artist trading card is the size of a baseball card, but it has art!

    So my son decorates the cards, and we send them to our kids. Sometimes he draws, or paints, or designs them on computer. We send the cards in a flexible plastic sleeve that holds 9 baseball cards. That way the kids can keep their cards in one place. We also send blank cards, in case our sponsored kids want to send one back to us.

    Sometimes we put Scripture memory verses on the cards, and sometimes we just draw designs or pictures. The cards are a good size for mailing. It’s fun to work with something so small (about 2.5″ x 3.5″) – it’s a manageable size for creating. Even I can do that. ;-)

    I think our sponsored kids treasure things from sponsors that come from the heart. It’s great that you are encouraging sponsors to send art to their kids! It doesn’t have to be museum-worthy. It just needs to be made with love.

    • Lisa P
      Aug 8, 2011
      at 8:14 pm

      Sherry, the ATC are really neat! Thanks for you the idea! I know need to go shopping to get some supplies. I think this is something that you could create a different one each month with your letters. I can’t wait to get started. I hope all of my sponsored kids love them!

  3. Aug 8, 2011
    at 8:54 am

    I keep a collection of drawings and colored pictures my girls do and then slip them in with our monthly letters.

    Thanks for this encouragement to keep on doing this…

  4. Aug 8, 2011
    at 9:59 am

    I love, love, love the artwork that comes with Compassion letters. Our teen in India sends some amazing art our way and, in turn, I have sent him some of my own watercolors. We have also sent some “learn to draw” worksheets and neat scratch off paper where you can scratch off the top black later to reveal colorful layers underneath.

  5. Aug 8, 2011
    at 11:52 am

    We love receiving and sending art! Just this past week, we painted some popsicle sticks to send to our sponsored kids. You can see them here:
    http://www.sillyeaglebooks.com/2011/08/back-to-school-craft-i-love-you-sticks.html

  6. Lindsey
    Aug 8, 2011
    at 12:05 pm

    The pictures are one of my favorite parts! I’ve scanned some of them into my computer, and made cards for my child through snapfish and shutterfly with their picture(s) on the front. I haven’t gotten any feedback yet, but I’m hoping she loves them.

    I’ve drawn small pictures for her, usually trees, flowers, and hearts but due to my poor drawing skills, mainly I color coloring pages for her and then include a duplicate blank one for her to color.

    • Lindsey
      Aug 8, 2011
      at 10:00 pm

      My sunday newspaper also has a “how to draw” section for kids. They’re just easy three steppers, I’ve been cutting them out and saving them, I’m planning on doing a few examples of my take on them before I send them.

  7. Aug 8, 2011
    at 1:34 pm

    This summer, I spent a lot of time in one project with the children and would see them do that artwork. They can spend a long time on each one of those drawings. They get carefully made. I’ve seen children spent 3 hours making a drawing.

    Also, I taught my girl Priscila how to make a Donald Duck. Then a few months later, she drew me a Donald Duck in one of the letters and then last Thursday, she also showed me how she drew a Donald Duck!

  8. Aug 8, 2011
    at 9:03 pm

    I teach the 5 year old’s at church and sometimes when they do a coloring sheet I will color too and then I will send the picture to one of our kids and tell them about the lesson we covered that goes with it.

  9. Yui
    Aug 9, 2011
    at 1:02 am

    I totally agree with the idea. I hosted a sponsor visit yesterday and the sponsor was drawing all kind of things he had in his country and even a pet at the child’s home. Eventhough the child was 12 years old and was very quiet, she actually loved it! She kept laughing at the drawing and seeing the things she has never seen, like a snow mobile. The sponsor tried to draw and explained it to her. It was neat. There’s no language barrier in the drawing.

  10. Leigh
    Aug 13, 2011
    at 11:24 am

    Fabulous idea! I sincerely love the little hearts, houses, trees, etc. that I get from my sponsored child José. They are always simple drawings, but you can tell that they are personal and heartfelt. I recently got the most personal, heartfelt letter from José, and on the back was his drawing; it was a large red heart, with a few smaller red hearts encircling it, and on each side of the heart’s upper bumps were the words “Te Quiero” (“I Love You”). And while I just purchased a store-bought card and some construction-equipment and military-vehicles stickers last night, this ideas has persuaded me to sit down and draw him a picture. I’m certainly no artist, but it’s the love that I will send with the picture that I’m sure he’ll enjoy the most. :)

  11. Oct 7, 2011
    at 1:35 pm

    Nice one, I got something for my kid in http://coloringimage.com/. Its Coloring Images, Coloring Sheets, Printable and download for free.

  12. Zoe
    Jan 14, 2012
    at 5:18 pm

    I want to send the girl my family and I sponsor a picture I’ve drawn… but I’m not sure what to draw? She is nine years old, and lives in Togo, any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!

  13. Apr 30, 2012
    at 10:43 am

    lol we can be a Sponsor a child to intrast people Into I am so extra
    Cards

    • Apr 30, 2012
      at 11:44 am

      Can you explain this more. I’m not sure I understand.

  14. Apr 30, 2012
    at 8:03 pm

    I sent to sponsor a child latter i doing to things

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