My 4 year-old daughter is starting to learn how to write some letters and tries to write her name. She does some mirror writing, so a letter like L will look as _|.
In any case, today we did some funny games with letters in which she would write some letters and I had to write them again and so on. Then, I sketched a very basic picture of a triangle with a circle attached to it, and asked her to replicate it. To my surprise, her attempt was nowhere close to what I had painted: she was focusing a lot on what I painted, but the image she was creating was nothing similar to a triangle; at the end, she did succeed in painting a circle.
I didn't get alarm or anything, but prompted me to think: when do pre schoolers learn, or start to be able, to mimic an abstract image they are seeing just above?
Just to give more context, she is currently able to draw basic shapes and even some human bodies with different parts of the body (head with hair, body, legs, arms, feet...) or landscapes (trees, houses, paths...).