Manatee Drawing: Step 6

Manatee Drawing

Learn how to make a manatee drawing!!!

Kids will enjoy this simple step by step lesson for learning how to draw a manatee. This easy manatee instruction guide is perfect for younger students looking to get started with drawing.

All drawing steps are included here which make it fun and simple to follow! Plan for this drawing to take about 20 minutes, but the art-making process can actually take more time if a background is created as well.

Get a thrill out of creating a colorful manatee drawing and remember to add some unique aspects. It’s time to get creative!


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • Manatee Drawing Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
Manatee Drawing: All Steps

The goal is to arrive at a finished drawing of a manatee by tackling one part at a time. It will take 6 steps in total as we continue to make each part which will get us closer to the completed drawing. The finished drawing will be completed with color resulting in a drawing you will be proud of!

Time Needed: 20 minutes

  1. Draw The Head Shape

    Manatee Drawing: Step 1

    On the right side of the page, start off with part of a rounded rectangle shape.

  2. Start The Body

    Manatee Drawing: Step 2

    Draw a long curved line for the back.

  3. Complete The Body

    Manatee Drawing: Step 3

    Use two curved lines to make the shape of the stomach.

  4. Add Flippers And A Tail

    Manatee Drawing: Step 4

    Draw an oval for the tail, and draw two flippers on the front of the body. Erase where one of the flippers overlaps the body.

  5. Draw The Face

    Manatee Drawing: Step 5

    Draw a big smile and an eye. Use two small lines for the nose and use more lines to add wrinkles.

  6. Add Color

    Manatee Drawing: Step 6

    Use grey to color in the body. There is usually algae that grows on the backs of manatees, use green or brown to add some.

Manatee Drawing PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for Manatee Drawing. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

About Manatees (for kids)

A Manatee is a marine mammal. often also known as a “sea cow”. Their gentle nature, large size, slow-moving nature, and dietary habits make them like cows.

Manatees can range from 8 feet to 13 feet. Manatees weigh between 800 and 1,300 pounds on average. Manatees can be seen living in rivers, seas, and oceans along the coast.

Normally, manatees swim at about 5 mph, but they can swim up to about 15 mph when the need arises.

How Manatees Breath

Even though manatees never leave the water, they must breathe air at the surface like all other marine mammals. Manatees usually come up for air every 3-4 minutes.

When sleeping they can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes. Although manatees can remain underwater for this longer amount of time, they will come up and breathe every few minutes when not sleeping

What Manatees Eat

Manatees are herbivores. Dozens of freshwater plants are eaten by the manatee, including floating hyacinths, alligator weed, water lettuce as well as saltwater plants like sea grasses and marine algae.

Manatees do not have front teeth, they only have molars which are constantly replaced throughout their life in order to adapt to their rather abrasive vegetarian diet!

Manatees Talk!

Manatees are very social and they often talk to each other. Manatees use a wide range of sounds to communicate. The sounds include whistles, chirps, and squeaks.

To many people, the sounds that these animals make may seem like nothing more than noises, but they are very important forms of communication. Manatees have large ears, which allow them to hear sounds from a long distance. Using vibrations found in the water, they can also steer clear of predators.

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