Experts tout the benefits of making art for child development, but parents know the uncontrollable quantity of art kids are capable of creating.
The funny moms and dads of Twitter often share their attempts to interpret their kids’ drawings, approaches to disposing of excess doodles, honest reviews and more. Below, we’ve rounded up 55 relatable tweets about kids’ art.
It’s weird how we tell kids not to lie then tell them how good the picture they drew is.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) April 15, 2016
My 4yo drew a picture for my birthday of me resting on a bed and I’m just happy some version of me gets to rest around here.
— Snarky Mommy (@SnarkyMommy78) September 25, 2020
Adult: What’s that a drawing of?
Someone else’s kid: A house and a rainbow and my smiling family
My kids: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG BUT HE FOUGHT ALIENS AND NOW HE’S COVERED IN BLOOD SEE HERE I AM CRYING ON THE CORNER
— Arianna Bradford (@thearibradford) August 1, 2020
My daughter’s only 6 months old and already drawing. I’d hang it on the fridge but honestly, it’s absolute garbage.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) June 19, 2015
I’d love to have another kid but where would we put their art
— Molly Erdman (@erdmanmolly) July 26, 2018
That awkward moment when your kids find their drawings in the trash can.
— Carbosly (@Carbosly) March 11, 2015
ME: what a cute drawing!
COWORKER: thanks, my daughter did it!
ME: how old is she? 4? 5?
COWORKER: she’s 10
[and THAT, my friends, is how you establish dominance in the work place]
— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) September 13, 2019
4-year-old: I drew your face.
Me: Where are my ears?
4: Mom says you never use them.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) May 29, 2016
My 9yo drew a picture of me throwing away their drawings which, ironically, is going to be the one picture I save.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) July 3, 2018
4: Look at my drawing of a lion and a baby bird!
4: And there’s the blood when the lion killed the baby bird!
Me: [puts money aside for his future therapy]
— A Bearer Of Dad News🇬🇾 (@HomeWithPeanut) May 6, 2020
“Let the past die,” I say as I get rid of fridge art after the kids are in bed.
— Kwame “Preorder LAST GATE OF THE EMPEROR” Mbalia (@KSekouM) September 11, 2020
Don’t judge other parents for lying to their kids unless you plan on telling your own child their drawing of a “rocket” looks like a flaming space dildo.
— Arianna Bradford (@thearibradford) May 20, 2020
[son gives me a drawing he did of our house]
Me: that’s wonderful. Did you do this in the dark?
— David Hughes (@david8hughes) October 5, 2016
8yo: *drawing family portrait*
Me: Hey, aren’t you forgetting someone?
8yo: Oh yeah. *draws Fortnight character*
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) October 4, 2018
Son: daddy I drew a dinosaur
Me *looking at the drawing*: no you didn’t
— The Dad (@thedad) November 9, 2019
4-year-old: I drew you a picture. It’s Elsa.
Me: It’s blank.
4: She’s in a snowstorm.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) June 7, 2016
I asked my kids to make birthday cards for my husband. One drew a giant 48 when he’s only turning 43 and the other drew a tombstone-shaped cake that said “R.I.P.” so these should go over well.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) November 14, 2018
Daddy, look what I drew!
*looks down at drawing*
That would be cute, hun, if you had any sense of texture and scale.
*balls drawing up*
— Tim (@Playing_Dad) November 7, 2014
The only thing that upsets my daughter more than messing up on a drawing is me suggesting she use a pencil instead of marker.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) January 16, 2017
5-year-old: What do you want for Mother’s Day?
Wife: For you to be nice to your sisters all day.
5: I drew you a horse.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) May 8, 2016
Last night, my oldest drew a picture of a sun with a sad face. I asked him why the sun was sad and he said, “Because the moon was going to be here soon and the sun had to leave.” It was such a deep thought.
Especially for someone who was eating his boogers as he drew.
— A Bearer Of Dad News🇬🇾 (@HomeWithPeanut) September 17, 2019
Daughter: dada I drew this for you!
Me: aww I love it!
Daughter: really? you love it?
Me: of course!
Daughter: ok then what is it?
Me: uh what?
Daughter: tell me what it is.
Me: [starts sweating] a-a dog?
Daughter: you DO love it : )
— NewDadNotes (@NewDadNotes) April 8, 2019
My 7-year-old drew me this beautiful, detailed picture of a butterfly and gave it to me in front of my 5-year-old. Without missing a beat, my 5-year-old grabs a pen and scribbles on the side of it and says, “It’s from both of us. You’re welcome.”
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) July 16, 2019
ME: Phew, I finally got rid of all the excess art projects my kids brought home from school this year.
SUMMER CAMP: Not so fast.
— Amy Dillon (@amydillon) June 19, 2016
1st kid: I bought us some paper mache, paint, clay, and glitter for an art project!!
2nd kid: I bought you some crayons and construction paper for an art project!!
3rd kid: *hands him a roll of tape* Go knock yourself out.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) May 7, 2019
My 5yo made a drawing in the kitchen and my 9yo wanted to see it but didn’t want to get off the couch so she asked me to take a picture of it and show her.
People say she doesn’t look like me, but my genes run strong.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) December 12, 2018
Why use a coloring book when this ENTIRE house can be my canvas?!
— A Bearer Of Dad News🇬🇾 (@HomeWithPeanut) April 12, 2020
ME: I spent $700 buying your Christmas presents.
SON: I drew you a picture that’s maybe a horse maybe a octopus you can’t tell.
ME: *Tearing up* I love it.
— The Dad (@thedad) December 24, 2019
My 7 yr old son drew a picture of an old woman.
I asked him who it was & he replied
“She comes into my bedroom to kiss me goodnight”
A chill ran down my spine then I remembered my mum is staying with us & it’s probably her.
— joe heenan (@joeheenan) July 18, 2018
My son’s school uses our recyclables for art projects, which means junk I’d usually just toss comes home as junk kids cry about me tossing.
— Amy Dillon (@amydillon) May 5, 2016
My 5 year old came home with this sweet drawing with two stick figures holding a heart. It said THIS IS FOR YOU, and my own heart swelled. My baby drew for me!
Then he took the drawing from me and told me it’s for a girl in his class. I’m eating his dinner tonight.
— Arianna Bradford (@thearibradford) January 8, 2020
4: *shows me her drawing*
Looook! Allll finished!
Me: Oooh I LOVE it!
4: *starts crying*
Me: What’s wrong?
4: I don’t want you to love it, I want you to like it!
Me: Um, ok, I like it
4: *stops crying and smiles* Thank you!
— Snarky Mommy (@SnarkyMommy78) June 16, 2020
5-year-old: Look what I drew!
Me: That looks cool. What is it?
5: I haven’t decided yet.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) February 5, 2021
6-year-old: *finds a picture she drew* Why was this in the trash?
Me: It was too good. I didn’t want to make your sisters jealous.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) July 6, 2016
*rips little kid’s drawing in half*
I TOLD YOU TO STOP MIXING CHARACTERS TOGETHER FROM THE MARVEL AND DC UNIVERSES
— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) November 10, 2015
Hope my kids never find out that I spend all 6 hours of their school day throwing away their art projects from the previous day.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) January 26, 2016
I hold onto my kid’s art projects so that one day, many years from now, they can look at them briefly before tossing them in the garbage.
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) October 10, 2019
4yo: “Look at this picture I made!”
Me: *looking at a bunch of scribbles*
Me: “Oh wow! Is it a cloud?”
Me: “Is it a lake?”
Me: “What is it?”
4yo: “It’s trash!”
Me: “You drew trash?”
4yo: “Yeah! It’s all the stuff on the floor in our car!”
— Stay at Homies (@stayathomies) July 19, 2019
My son decided to use the last of my emotional support pasta for an art project so I’ll be looking for some kind of re-homing arrangement for him after this is all over.
— Mom On The Rocks (@mom_ontherocks) April 2, 2020
My kids were fighting over the remote, so I told them no more TV.
So my 6yo drew a TV on an Amazon box and made a remote out of a toilet paper roll.
And now they’re fighting over the pretend remote.
Ah, the joys of siblings.
— The Salty Mamas (@saltymamas) August 9, 2019
4 Year Old asked for her drawing to be kept with her other art work.
Didn’t want to be a bad parent and throw it in garbage, so I neatly folded it and threw in the recycle bin
— Vinod Chhaproo (@Chhapiness) January 30, 2018
Daughter: I drew this picture for you!
Daughter: put it on the fridge : )
Me: there’s no more room with all your other pictures.
Daughter: you could take one off.
Me: but they’re all so good how do I choose?
[later in the Kitchen]
Wife: is-is that a new fridge?
— NewDadNotes (@NewDadNotes) October 26, 2020
[After a Subway commercial]
My kid: Why are they called sandwich “artists,” anyone could do that
Me: Careful pal I’ve seen what you bring home from “art” class
— The Dad (@thedad) November 7, 2019
4-year-old: *draws a picture* What does it look like?
Me: Something you drew.
4: That’s right!
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) December 17, 2018