Bring together the whole family to draw a picture

Ask your family to draw a picture with you, such as how things have changed since your veteran returned home. You can draw with each other online while you're together and even when you're far away. *

Go to Google Drive

  1. Learn to draw in Google Docs
  2. Create a drawing
  3. Print or share your drawing
  4. Additional resources
  1. Learn to draw in Google Drive

    With Google drive you can easily create, share and edit drawings online. Here are a few specific things you can do:

    1. Edit drawings online in real time with anyone you choose and invite others to view your edits in real time.
    2. Chat with others who are working on your drawing.
    3. Share your drawings with Grandma and Grandpa, family friends or friends you served with.
    4. Print your drawing and post it on your fridge.

    You can either create scribbles with shapes and lines in Google drawings or draw a masterpiece using the shapes gallery or a template.

  2. Create a drawing

    To create a Google drawing, sign in to your Google Account at drive.google.com. Then click the red New button and select Drawing. Now you're ready to scribble or create a Google drawing masterpiece.

    Use the drawings toolbar pictured below to start drawing. You can insert shapes, lines, arrows, scribbles, text boxes, images and photos. Learn more about creating a Google drawing.

  3. Print or share your drawing

    When you're done drawing, you can share the picture with your veteran or print it out to post on your fridge.

    Here's how to share your drawing:

    1. From your drawing, click the blue Share button in the top right corner of the page.
    2. Type the email addresses of people you'd like to share your drawing with in the Add people text box.
    3. To the right of the list of names, select Can view from the drop-down menu.
    4. Click the Share & save button. Your friends or family will receive an email with a link to view the drawing.

    Here's how to print your drawing:

    1. Go to the File menu and select Print.
    2. If you're working in Chrome, you'll be able to print the drawing right away. If you're working in another browser like Safari or Firefox, Google Drive will download a PDF file of your drawing. When the download completes, print the PDF and post it on your fridge.
  1. Additional resources

    Google Drive Help Center

    Google Drive and Privacy

    Google Drive drawings are Private by default. Only people with whom you've shared your drawing will be able to view or edit it. Learn more about sharing.

    * You may want to read this piece on controlling access to sites and general internet safety: "Keep your family safe online."