Read I Cannot Draw a Horse by Charise Mericle Harper to find out how a simple “nothing shape” becomes a cat, a squirrel, a beaver, a bunny, a dog, a turtle, and a bear. But what about a horse? The cat really wants a horse. But . . . the book cannot draw a horse. Can the quick-draw book appease the horse-obsessed cat with an impressive collection of horse-y alternatives (all created from the same “nothing shape”)? Or will the cat finally get a horse?

cover of the book, I Cannot Draw a Horse
book cover

Horse Drawing

Craft example


  • One piece of white paper (8.5″ x 11″)
  • 1/4 sheet of grey construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
Materials needed


  1. Draw two large and one small “nothing shape” on the grey paper (see “materials needed” photo above)
  2. Cut out the three shapes
  3. Arrange the shapes on the white paper as desired, depending on what image you’d like to make. You can use the “craft example” photo above or other images from I Cannot Draw a Horse as inspiration.
  4. Use the crayons to add details to your picture!