Children’s Drawings From Lockdown Show the World What They Miss Most

April 29, 2020 Updated: April 29, 2020

Children confined to their homes under lockdown are drawing what they miss most—friends at school, grandparents, football, and green open spaces.

Regardless of where they are, the themes are often the same.

From Tokyo to Buenos Aires, and New York to Kathmandu, youngsters have taken to their balconies or front lawns to display and explain the drawings they have made to Reuters photographers.

Eight-year-old Reku Matsui in Tokyo has drawn himself between his grandparents, all three of them smiling together.

“I miss being with my grandmother and my grandfather. Also, I want to go to my grandmother’s house,” he said.

His older sister Yaya, 12, has drawn a picture of herself and a friend. “What I want to do the most right now is hang out with my friends.”

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Reku Matsui, 8, and Yaya Matsui, 12, in Tokyo, on April 19, 2020. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

In the German town of Bad Honnef, near Bonn, 6-year-old Tom explains: “I have painted a picture of the house of Grandma and Grandpa, because I miss them so much.”

Besides longed-for grandparents, children are also depicting the sports they miss.

Ivan Posta, 8, and brother Vince, 11, who live in the Hungarian capital Budapest, have drawn huge soccer balls.

“I drew a soccer ball, because we can’t play football in the garden as there are trees and bushes everywhere,” said Vince.

Thousands of miles away in the Nigerian city of Lagos, 11-year-old Olatunji Adebayo has also drawn a huge soccer ball.

“I miss playing football with my friends before the lockdown … I feel sad about the lockdown,” he said.

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Bashierah Moos, 5, and Hanaa Moos, 9, in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 19, 2020. (REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham)


Flowers, woods, and green spaces also feature prominently.

Jane Hassebroek, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, said: “I chose to draw my local park because it’s a place me and my friends can hang out with each other away from school and home and just have fun.”

“This lockdown has made me feel pretty trapped because I live in New York City so it is hard to social distance when there are so many people around,” the 13-year-old added.

Sandithi Illeperuma is 14 and lives in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.

In her picture, a girl sits alone in the bottom right corner with her knees up to her chin, wearing a face mask. At the top, a group of female figures in swirling skirts dance together, enjoying themselves.

“Before the lockdown, I used to draw fun and creative stuff. But after the lockdown … I started to draw the things I missed the most … I draw my emotions. It has made me feel very lonely because I’m the only child,” she added.