Archive for October, 2006

97 Kids Draw Mickey Mouse

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

A sixth grade science teacher asked each of her students to draw Mickey Mouse from memory. This poster is full of the results. Click to enlarge.

mickeyposter-small

The Mickey Mouse assignment was part of a lesson about water. It was a brilliantly sneaky way to get kids to remember the shape of H2O molecules.

With so much variance, I couldn’t resist tallying a few morphological statistics on the set. Here’s what I counted:

  • Total drawings: 97
  • Round face: 97
  • Has two ears: 97
  • A nose: 82
  • Ear canals: 46
  • Open mouth: 40
  • Solid black ears: 16
  • Baring teeth: 13 (one with fangs)
  • Expresses doubt or apologizes for drawing ability: 12
  • Eyebrows: 9 (including the mickey with just one)
  • Depicts a body: 7
  • Unhappy mickey: 5
  • Eyelids: 4
  • Distinct iris and pupil: 4
  • Whiskers: 3 (not counting the mustachioed mickey)
  • Bowtie: 3
  • Eye lashes: 1
  • Suspenders: 1
  • Mickey shown with never-before-seen child: 1

This is one of my favorites:

mickeyposter-detail