Today I challenged my son to find something creative to do while I cooked dinner. He spent some time blowing up a balloon then watched it fly through the air after releasing it. He played with his cash register and a DIY water gun we made earlier that day.

Next he saw the book, Draw Alphabeasts by Steve Harpster laying on the table. He decided to view it while he ate a snack. This book teaches you step-by-step how to make over 130 monsters, aliens, and robots from letters and numbers.

I checked this book out from the library about a year ago. We enjoyed drawing the characters so much, that I purchased it from Amazon.

This month is October and I thought his book choice was great because Halloween is soon approaching.

My son, Cory, skimmed the book and decided to draw a monster named Zeep starting with the number 4. After drawing, he showed me his picture and I was very impressed.

Cory then asked if I was almost done with cooking. My reply to him was “yes.” He wanted to pick a character for me draw. He chose a character named Freddy Bones, who resembles a skeleton and robot simultaneously. Again, it was the perfect picture for Halloween.

Below is a picture of our drawings, along with the step-by-step instructions we followed from the book. This book is perfect for beginning artists and for those who just want to be creative.

My son drew the character, Zeep, on the left. I drew the character, Freddy Bones, on the right.
These are the steps my son took to draw Zeep.
These are the steps I took to draw Freddy Bones.

Try these out. There are characters drawn from numbers 1-20 and the alphabet in this book. Buy this book if you want to draw more characters! I highly recommend it!

Have fun with this activity!

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24 thoughts on “Draw Monsters Out of Letters and Numbers

  1. My son and grandson will love this. I am going to show this to them. My husband loves arts and crafts too. We have an art wall in our town this will be a good thing to share with the kids that come there to participate.

  2. This is awesome. What a cool idea.

    My little boy’s not quite ready for this yet – he’s only 20 months.

    But he’d love it if I drew them for him – and then he could color them in (by that I mean scribble all over them).

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. A very interesting post! Thanks for sharing! My grandchildren will love this! It will also help me out a great bit. The grands always want me to draw with them and I can barely draw a stick!! lol

    1. I can’t draw either. This book makes it easy to draw! I hope your grandchildren like the activity!

  4. This looks like a lot of fun! Although I feel like it’s a bit of a stretch to say the robot skeleton is drawn from a letter F, given than the F is such a small piece of the drawing. I like that the 4 is more significantly incorporated into the Zeep monster. But either way, it gives a fun starting point for lots of fun exploring drawing! Seems like it would be a great book!

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