How To Draw a Lion

Learning how to draw a lion is so exciting – they are strong, powerful, and brave, and they show all of that on their face. And because lions are one of the coolest animals in the world, today we are learning how to draw a cartoon lion.

When you download this free how to draw a lion step-by-step tutorial, you’ll get 3 pages with detailed instructions on how to draw your own lion sketch. Now all you need to do is grab a pencil and follow the instructions! 

How to draw a lion printable tutorial pdf shown with crayons, pencil and eraser - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s draw a lion!

How to draw a lion for kids

Let’s learn how to learn a cute lion! Learning how to draw lions is a fun, creative, and colorful art experience for kids of all ages. And whether you’re looking for a mountain lion or just want to learn how to draw a cute lion, you’re in the right place!

Don’t forget lots of paper for practicing!

How to draw a lion printable tutorial pdf shown with crayons, pencil and eraser - Kids Activities Blog
Let your little one follow the simple steps to drawing a lion… it is easier than you can imagine!

Easy steps to draw a lion

Our three pages of lion drawing steps are super easy to follow; you will soon be drawing lions – grab your pencil and let’s get started:

Step 1 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Let's start! Draw a circle and add a rounded rectangle. Notice it's smaller at the top.
Draw a circle and add a rounded rectangle.

Step 1

Let’s start with the head. Draw a circle and then a rounded rectangle slightly above it. Notice how the rectangle is smaller at the top.

Step 2 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Add two circles and erase extra lines.
Add two circles.

Step 2


For the lion’s ears, draw two circles and erase extra lines.

Step 3 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Add 8 circles around the head. Erase extra lines.
Add 8 circles around the head.

Step 3


Now let’s draw the mane! Add eight circles around the head, and erase extra lines.

Step 4 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Add a drop shape. Notice the bottom is flatter.
Add a drop shape with a flat bottom.

Step 4


Draw the body by adding a drop shape with a flatter bottom.

Step 5 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Add two arched lines straight down the middle.
Add two arched lines down the middle.

Step 5


Add two arched lines straight down in the middle – these are our lion’s paws.

Step 6 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Now add two big ovals and two smaller horizontal ones.
Add two big ovals and smaller horizontal ones.

Step 6


Now add two big ovals and two smaller horizontal ones.

Step 7 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Draw a curved line and add a mango-like shape on the top.
Draw a tail!

Step 7


Draw a curved line and add a mango-like shape on the top.

Step 8 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Great! Let's add some details. Add half circles on the ears, little ovals for the eyes, and a triangle for the nose, also draw a line coming down from the nose.
Add some eyes, ears, and a nose.

Step 8


Let’s draw our lion’s face: add half circles on the ears, small ovals for the eyes, and a triangle for the nose.

Step 9 - How to Draw A Lion- Kids Activities Blog - text: Wow! Amazing job. You can get creative and add different details.
Get creative and add different details!

Step 9


Well done! Get creative and add different details.

How to draw a lion printable tutorial pdf shown with crayons, pencil and eraser - Kids Activities Blogs
Let this lion cub show you how to draw a lion step by step!

Download This How To Draw A Lion PDF FIle Tutorial here: 

Don’t forget to give it some color with your favorite crayons after you’re done.

Need coloring supplies? Here are some kid favorites:

You can find LOADS of super fun coloring pages for kids & adults here. Have fun!

Discover even more lion fun resources

1. Don’t Tickle The Lion

Usborne don't tickle the lion book cover art

Don’t tickle the lion, or you might make it snort… but that touchy-feely patch is just too tempting! When you touch each touchy-feely patch in this fun-to-read book, you’ll hear the lion make a sound. At the end of the book, you’ll find all of the animals being noisy at once.

2. How To Tuck In Your Sleepy Lion

Usborne How To Tuck In Your Sleepy Lion book cover art

The “How to” series of engaging board books is perfect for discovering and sharing the big moments and daily routines of every toddler’s life, from brushing teeth, to taking a bath, to going to sleep, to being a good eater. Filled with lovable animal characters, vibrant illustrations and a playful rhyming text, each story features a child and their very own baby animal.
 
In How to Tuck In Your Sleepy Lion, tired little lion doesn’t want to go to bed. How will he ever get to sleep?

3. Pink Lion

Usborne Pink Lion book cover art

Arnold the pink lion lives an idyllic life with his flamingo family until a gang of “proper lions” persuades him that he should be out roaring and hunting with them, not swimming and bathing with birds. But the roaring and hunting doesn’t come naturally, and Arnold misses his family.

When he gets back to the water hole, he finds that a very nasty crocodile has moved in, and his family has been left high and dry. Suddenly, some of what those other lions taught him does come naturally, and saves the day.

Pink Lion is a bold, colorful, sometimes funny, sometimes silly, heartwarming story about being yourself – no matter what you happen to be.

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How did your lion drawing turn out?

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