Show your child how to draw and she'll have an easier time. Most little kids enjoy getting out crayons and markers and creating one masterpiece after another. As a mom, you've probably experienced a meltdown when the picture doesn't come out just right. Young children are still learning the fine motor skills that help them draw recognizable objects, but sitting down together is an effective way to help your little one grasp the concepts that help him draw fruits or vegetables he'll be proud to show off.
1Yes, paper and crayons are all you really need to draw with your child, but if she's dead set on drawing a garden of fruits and vegetables, a few extra materials can help, especially if your drawing skills aren't museum-worthy themselves. Find pictures of fruits and vegetables online and print them, or check out a book at the library. You could even grab some choices from your fruit bowl. This helps your child see the basic shapes and colors for her drawing.
2Not all fruits and vegetables are the same shape, so getting it right goes a long way toward making your child happy with her picture. Start with something easy, say an orange rather than a pineapple. Lay the fruit or vegetable, or a picture of one, she wants to draw above her paper and let her look at it. Next, show her how to draw an outline with the appropriate color. For example, use an orange crayon and draw a circle to make an orange -- or use a yellow crayon to draw a crescent for a banana, a brown crayon to make an oval for a kiwi or a red crayon to make a circle for a tomato.
3Most little kids aren't that skilled at coloring inside the lines, so choose a shading color that is a bit lighter than your outline color so it doesn't get lost if the scribbles go outside the fruit or vegetable. Color in the fruit or vegetable you've drawn with the appropriate color. For example, a zucchini will be dark green, an apple might be red, yellow or green and grapes can be green or purple. Hold your child's hand with your own to help her color slow and easy inside her outline. This teaches her how to control her hand while she shades.
4Depending on your child's age, adding details to your fruits and vegetables might be too much. A toddler is probably happy with calling an orange circle an orange, but a preschooler might want it be more detailed. Add stems, seeds or color variations if your child wants to. For example, use green to add a stem on top of a tomato by drawing three short lines extending up and to the sides. Draw a short brown line upward on top of an apple for a stem or add a small brown circle in the middle of an orange to make the spot where it connected to the tree.