Drawing Challenge for Kids: Carnival of the Animals

Drawing Challenge for Kids: Carnival of the Animals

Hi, kids! Join us on a journey to see how music can help us discover more about your favorite animals!

THE CHALLENGE: Listen to a section from The Carnival of the Animals, a piece of music inspired by different kinds of animals. Draw what you think the animals are doing when you hear the music! Post your drawing on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #HoustonSymphonyDraws so it can be see by the world.

Before starting to draw, let’s warm up our imaginations! While you listen to the music of the animal—elephant, kangaroo, or fish—put yourself in the shoes (or fins, hooves, or paws) of that animal and let the music tell you:

  • How is the animal moving? Can you move to the music like this animal?
  • What kinds of things do you imagine are around you? Are there other animals around you? Is there nature around you, and if so, what does it look like?
  • How do you think the animal feels?

Now we’re ready for you to show us what YOU think! Remember to post the picture on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #HoustonSymphonyDraws for it to be seen by the world!

The Elephant



The Carnival of the Animals is a piece of music written by composer Camille Saint-Saëns (pronounced Cuh MEEL san-SOHN(s) with a hint of an “s” at the end).

Fun face: You may think you don’t know this piece, but we bet you do! The most famous part of this piece is called The Swan, and it features solo cello! Check it out here:

If you’d like to learn more and hear the London Sinfonietta play the entire composition, watch:

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