Crayon on paper, chalk on sidewalk, finger in the dirt – they’re all great ways to draw a picture. And the bigger that paper or sidewalk, the bigger your picture. So while our friend and fan Nathaniel J. drew a picture of a mountain, he asked us, what’s the biggest picture in the whole world? Well, thanks to all those ways to draw, there’s more than one answer. For the biggest drawing by 1 person, Ashok Nagpure drew a pencil sketch 8 feet tall and a whopping 324 feet long – as long as a city block! Unbelievably, the world’s longest drawing is even longer: 2,055 feet of paper (about 1/2 mile), laid end to end by a guy who really is named Peter Draw. And if you want to go even bigger, Canadian cyclist Stephen draws huge pictures by riding his bike while holding a GPS tracker, which then traces his path as a red line on the map. This makes miles-wide pictures of unicorns, dinosaurs and other doodles — a lot easier than laying paper all across town.
Wee ones: If you want your drawing to have 5 colors, and you have pink, blue, green, and yellow chalk, do you have enough colors?
Little kids: If your drawing of a purple and white tiger covers 2 rows of sidewalk squares with 4 squares in each, how many squares have you covered? Bonus: It took Ashok 7 months to draw his huge pencil drawing. If he started in March, when did he finish?
Big kids: If you take 11-inch-long sheets of paper and lay 9 of them end to end, how long a picture can you draw? Bonus: Which way do you get to draw more neon green giraffes: 4 on each of those sheets, or 6 on every other sheet starting with the 1st?
Wee ones: Not quite — you have 4 colors, which is less than 5.
Little kids: 8 squares. Bonus: In October.
Big kids: 99 inches. Bonus: More if you draw 4 of them 9 times, which gives 36 giraffes; the other way you draw 30 in total (6 per sheet on 5 sheets of paper).