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Spark Creativity with These Kids’ Sketchbooks

Portrait of concentrated child holding crayons and sketchbook while painting on sofa. Her mother is sitting next to her smiling and hugging her

A sketchbook can open a door to another world for arts-minded young learners. Sketching, doodling and writing are great creative outlets, and drawing could become a true passion for them. But all students can benefit from having a sketchbook on hand. They’re a great learning tool for kids who are into science and engineering as well — sketchbooks give kids the space to invent things and draw how something works.

This kids’ sketchbook is compatible with crayons, watercolor paints, fine-tip markers and colored pencils. And this size — 8.5 by 11 inches — is a standard notebook size that fits easily in backpacks and tote bags.

Best for Dry Mediums

This spiral-bound sketch pad has micro-perforated pages, making it easy for kids to share their creations. The heavyweight paper in this 9-by-12-inch pad makes it a solid choice for budding artists.

Fashion fans can create endless designs with this fun pick, which has pre-outlined models on each page to make it easy for kids to add their own fashions by drawing them in or adding stickers. This spiral-bound kids sketchbook is designed to be portable and is perfect for fitting into backpacks and tote bags.

Best for Pencil

This sketchbook is spiral-bound with micro-perforations. The smaller dimensions — 5.5 by 8.5 inches — also make it ideal for taking it anywhere so that they’re prepared whenever inspiration strikes.

These simple 5-by-7.5-inch notebooks can serve as journals or sketch pads, which makes them a great option for writers who also like to doodle. This kids’ sketchbook features paper that’s durable enough to prevent ink from bleeding through to other pages.

Expert Commentary

Artistic kids will love to have a sketchbook of their own to carry around with them for drawing when the inspiration strikes. A sketchbook can provide a great opportunity for kids to develop key fine-motor skills and get them excited about creating.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


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