Artistic pursuits, like coloring and drawing, are beneficial for adults and kids; not only do they offer a way to express creativity, they can promote relaxation and help develop or improve skills like fine motor coordination. If you’re ready to stretch your creative muscles, start with one of the four free printable head templates below. Choose from a free human, deer, or horse head template!
Are you the artistic type? If you never really thought about it before (or maybe you have and answered with a resounding “no”), it might be time to visit the issue. As mentioned above, artistic endeavors offer a host of benefits to kids and adults.
Being artistic does not mean you have to do anything daring or crazy. You aren’t expected to paint a massive museum quality landscape all in a single afternoon. You (and your kids!) can get most (if not all) of the benefits of art by doing something as simple as coloring or “decorating” a blank head template.
These four head templates, including a printable deer head silhouette, are easy to use; just print them. (Duh, right?) They’re also free. I want to emphasize the free because a.) who doesn’t love a freebie? b.) since they don’t cost anything other than some printer ink, you should not be afraid to mess up!
That’s right, you (or your kids) don’t have to perfect your human, horse, or deer head template on the first try. So relax; have fun with it—after all, relaxation is one of the benefits of art!
Printable Human Head Template – Front Facing
This blank human head template is a human facing forward. This printable human head template is a great way to practice self portraits; just grab a mirror and a drawing utensil! Obviously, you or your kids can also practice drawing other people like each other or total strangers, if for instance, you’re stuck somewhere where people watching is your best bet for entertainment!
The blankness of this head template may seem daunting at first, but remember a.) the Mona Lisa wasn’t built (painted?) in a day! b.) these are free printables, so if you mess up just start again! Practice will make perfect.
Tip: Want to watch your child’s creativity and cognition improve practically before your eyes? Periodically (like every quarter or so), give your kid a blank head template and ask them to draw themselves. Save old copies! Look back over the years and watch the details fill in; trust me, you’ll be amazed! 😉
Printable Human Head Template – Side Profile
The second human head template is a side profile. It offers a different way of looking at things and another opportunity to practice drawing yourself or other people.
Drawing can help your child develop and refine a multitude of skills including:
- Hand-eye coordination.
- Handwriting, including how much pressure to use on the paper.
- Scale and spacial recognition.
Bonus: Looking for more printables that can help with these skills? Check out these 3 free connect the dots printables!
Printable Horse Head Template
Looking for a more whimsical artistic activity? Look no further than this free printable horse head template! With this blank head template, your imagination (or your kid’s) really is the limit. This horse could be any color or maybe even a unicorn.
Once you’ve drawn features on this horse head template, color it in. Not only is coloring half the fun of this art project, it also offers up more benefits like promoting relaxation. In fact, studies have shown that coloring can induce a state of relaxation on par with meditation!
Bonus: Coloring can reduce stress in kids and adults! Here are even more free printable coloring pages to keep your kids entertained and their stress levels low. For Mom and Dad, snag these 20 free printable adult coloring pages.
Deer Head Template
The last download is a printable deer head template. Like the printable horse head template, this is another opportunity to get really creative and even whimsical. If you haven’t seen a deer in a while or ever (depending on where you live) sneaking a peek online before you put pen (or better yet pencil!) to paper isn’t cheating 😉
Looking for fun uses for this printable deer head silhouette? What if you print and color a whole bunch of them—a herd if you will—and then go camping (indoors!) with your kids? Part of the fun of camping is the chance to interact with nature and while this printable deer head silhouette isn’t really nature, it can be a fun (and less scary!) substitute.
Drawing, connecting the dots, and coloring are all simple artistic endeavors that you and your family, even little kids, can do together! Another option that’s great for adults and older children is calligraphy. Calligraphy is relaxing (like coloring), beautiful, creative, and can even turn into a side hustle!
Tip: If you have very young children, strict calligraphy probably isn’t suitable for them; however, this can still be a family activity. Have the younger children get more familiar with their numbers and ABCs by having them trace (or even color) these printable bubble letters templates or this lowercase bubble letters alphabet.
How are you putting these 4 fun and free head templates to use? Share you’re feedback in the comments!