This study was conducted with the aim of examining the emotional indicators in the drawings of 5 and 6 year-old girls and boys attending preschool. A total of 235 children attending preschools in central Bolu participated in the study. Their human figure drawings were analyzed and evaluated in line with Koppitz's 5-category emotional indicators which included impulsivity, insecurity-inadequacy, anxiety, shyness-timidity and anger. The pictures of the 5 and 6 year-old girls and boys were evaluated within their gender groups by using chi-square test. An examination across all emotional indicators showed that boys produced drawings with more emotional indicators than girls did. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.