What can 4 year olds draw?

What can 4 year olds draw?

4 year old children will start to draw patterns as a representation for something. Their drawings might include shapes, crosses and letters.

If they are drawing a person, they will also be able to add details such as eyes, arms, fingers and trunks.

At age four the drawings of the child are more realistic and detailed than before.

The child can draw shapes such as squares, circles, rectangles and possibly triangles.

At age four the child is between the Scribbling and Pre-Schematic drawing stage.

At this stage, kids draw what is important to them.

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Also if you like this post, make sure you check our series of articles exploring drawing capabilities in children of different ages:


McIlroy, T. (2023b, October 26). The stages of drawing development in children: 0-6 years - Empowered parents. Empowered Parents. https://empoweredparents.co/child-development-drawing-stages/

Development and the benefits of drawing: 3 to 5 years old. (n.d.). https://naitreetgrandir.com/en/step/3-5-years/learning-and-games/development-and-benefits-of-drawing-3-to-5-years-old/

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