How to draw an elephant

Drawing an elephant is made easy for kids with just a couple of simple shapes

How to draw an elephant

Drawing an elephant is made easy for kids with just a couple of simple shapes and our step-by-step tutorial

Perform some animal magic, transforming simple shapes into a drawing of an elephant. You won’t believe how easy it is to teach kids how to draw complex animals with our step-by-step picture guide.

Once you’ve got out your arts and craft supplies, why not sit around the table together to create your own animal masterpieces. Try out our other tutorials to learn how to draw a dog (opens in new tab), doodle a crab (opens in new tab) or sketch a butterfly (opens in new tab).

You will need:

  • Colouring pens, pencils or crayons
  • Paper

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How to draw an elephant:

1. Begin by drawing a circle to form the elephant’s head, you can draw a whole circle here or copy our three-quarter circle as pictured below.

Draw a circle for the elephant head

2. Now draw the elephant’s ear with a circle overlapping the first. If you want to make a more realistic elephant, copy our almost-circle shape that resembles a big elephant’s ear.

Add a big circular ear

3. Draw a second ear just behind the first.

Draw a second elephant ear

4. For the elephant’s body, draw a large oval to the right of the head and ears.

Add an oval for the body

5. On the elephant’s head, add two curved lines for the trunk.

Draw the elephant's trunk

6. To draw the legs, add two rectangle shapes to the bottom of the oval body. For a more realistic look, make the rectangles slightly curved where the elephant’s knees would be.

Add the legs

7. Add the other two legs just behind the ones you’ve already drawn. Don’t forget to add some semi-circles at the bottom of the legs for the toes.

Draw the second set of elephant legs

8. At the other end of the elephant’s body, add a pointy tail, finished off with a couple of dashes at the end to create a furry tip.

Don't forget the tail

9. Now it’s time to colour the elephant in. We’ve gone for a simple grey colour but you can let your child experiment with all sorts of colours.

Colour in the elephant

10. Once coloured in, take a slightly darker or black pen or pencil and draw in the lines again to give your animal some definition. You can add a small circle on the head for an eye and add a tusk or two. And that's how to draw an elephant!

Draw the details on the elephant

Esme is Future's resident craft expert, working across titles such as GoodTo, Woman&Home, Woman’s Weekly, Woman, Woman’s Own, Chat, Now, Pick Me Up and The Craft Network. Successfully turning her sewing hobby into a career, she's adept in a number of crafts, including sewing, papercraft, calligraphy, embroidery and printing.