Getting children to draw pictures of their favourite stories is a great way to practice drawing shapes and encouraging them to draw in more detail. Spend time talking about a character in a book. Point out the distinguishable features and colours used to make that particular character unique. The Gruffalo is a wonderful story to start with. Julia Donaldson uses clever little rhymes to describe the gruffalo and the book is full of lovely illustrations.
But who is this creature with terrible claws,
And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws?
He has knobbly knees and turned out toes,
And a poisonous wart at the end of his nose.
His eyes are orange, his tongue is black.
He has purple prickles all over his back.
"Oh help! Oh no! It's a gruffalo."