Drawing and Reading Aloud: Blizzard's program for the children of employees

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The hashtag #stayathome has dominated social media for several weeks now. This call to stay home during the Corona crisis isn't just limited to leisure activities - many workplaces are also affected, with companies sending their employees to the home office for safety. This, however, was to coincide with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which the United States observes every year on April 23 to give children a taste of the working world. Meanwhile, since Blizzard Entertainment employees have also been in the home office since mid-March, the California-based company has come up with creative ways to teach kids at home about their work at Blizzard.

Bedtime Stories by Chris Metzen

Artist and art director Samwise Didier filmed a total of three different videos in which he draws an orc, a dwarf, and a pandaren, respectively. The drawings and explanations are kept very simple, but entertaining, so kids won't have any trouble drawing along. But even for adults who like to wield a pencil, these instructions are super easy to follow and in no time your own character is on the page! If you're feeling motivated, you can also download the PDF provided by Blizzard's Art Studio. It contains more of these simple tutorials, such as how to draw a Tauren or a Murloc.

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One of the most famous minds at Blizzard Entertainment and WoW, Senior Vice President Chris Metzen, also recorded a video and uploaded it to YouTube. In this 5-minute video, he reads from his own children's book, Snow Fight: A Warcraft Tale, and takes listeners young and old into a snowball fight between Arthas, Thrall, and Varian.

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The current crisis situation has us all getting a little more creative, whether it's to keep ourselves, or the kids, busy. We think the Blizzard employees' ideas are especially cute, especially since they're also sharing them with us fans around the world.

What do you think of these videos? Do you show them to your kids? Or have you taken to pencil and paper to draw your favorite Orc? Let us know in the comments!

 

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