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The child is 2 years old.

She is very much interested in story books. She can count perfectly till 10. She can recognise the objects and animals perfectly. She could hold pen in very proper way since she was 1 year old.

Now, 2 days back, she has shown an interest in drawing. She knows how to draw a straight line and a circle, though not very perfectly.

The problem is that she wants to draw animals and objects. She keeps on telling me to draw monkey, baby, snake, table, rat etc. I comply, and yesterday I asked her to draw herself all these things. She complyed. But all she could draw was a tiny scribble or a line. She called her drawing monkey.

She kept on drawing scribbles and kept on calling them different objects - repeatedly, until she got really frustrated and threw the paper and pen.

I could read that she knew what she was drawing was nowhere near what I could draw and that was the reason of her frustration.

She she started again telling me to draw things and refused to draw them herself.

What can I do to teach her to draw the kind of drawings she wants?

Of course 2 years is quite early to learn that kind of stuff but she is utterly interested.

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She won't produce anything photo-realistic, but if you break it down step by step, she should be able to produce something she is happier with. For instance for a mouse, start by having her draw a circle --tell her that is the body. Then draw a straight line at the back --that is the tail. Then two more circles --those are ears. Then two dots --those are eyes. It won't look much like a mouse, but it will be enough that she can feel good about drawing.

The key at that age is that kids are actually capable of a lot, but they don't have the ability to make the common sense connections between things, so everything needs to be broken down into very small steps. If you search, there are actually a large number of books that teach drawing in this style for very young children (you might also look up the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain").

Also, make sure you praise whatever she produces, even if it doesn't look anything like the example. Remember, you're trying to help her be happy with her own creativity. You're not trying to produce the next Picasso.