It took me a whole lifetime to learn to draw like children" - Pablo Picasso
Have you ever heard of Tadoodles? They are fairly new crayons, paints, and markers from Crayola made just for toddler hands. We have both the crayons and this cool marker set that lights up and sings.The colors have funny names like "Achoo Blue" and Roary Red". (We continue to work on learning the colors, but so far everything is "ye-yo").
Grace hasn't had too much success yet with any type of crayons. We have tried the big jumbo ones, triangle ones, Tadoodles, and just regular crayons. It seems like she is not sure how to hold them and she doesn't put enough pressure on them to get good, deep color. So, she gives up easily. At school, the teacher showed me some crayon drawings from January when she started there and then from the end of March and there was an improvement. But I haven't seen much interest or patience with drawing or coloring at home yet.
Today, we got the marker Tadooles out. They are very wet markers and as a result you see intense color very easily. (They also make a mess on little hands, clothes, the furniture, etc. but Crayola promises that they are 100% washable....we'll see - the laundry is washing right now!) Grace seemed to really like them and she concentrated on her masterpiece for a long time - maybe 20 minutes. That's long in "toddler time"!