DS started enjoying drawing at about 18 months, with close supervision, and now (almost 3), it's a favorite activity of his.
Jesse (July '09)
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If your child is very oral, she will try to eat them more, this was my older dd, everything went in that child's mouth, til like age 4.5yrs! Have Fun!!
ETA: They make really large, thick crayons for younger kids, don't break as much, very nice for the little ones
I'd grab the crayons. If your son isn't quite ready now, he probably will be soon. Or, as others have suggested, try giving him chalk and a chalkboard or letting him loose on the sidewalk or driveway. Roll out paper and set him free with finger paints and a bunch of interesting implements to use. My SIL keeps wanting to erect a painting venue made of plexiglass out on our fence. The kids can paint away and it will all rinse off with the next rain.
I'm not sure if you are buying coloring books for your wee one but I run an art studio for kids and I don't see them ever using them. Well, they start to but loose interest quick. The best way to get kids in to coloring is to color with them. Plain paper is the best.
I have found something pretty cool. It's a book called the anti-coloring book by Susan Striker. They spark the imagination much more than any coloring book can. For instance a page might show an illustration of a the back of a child looking through an empty glass window with a sign that says Toy Shop. The caption below reads, "A new toy store just opened. What kind of toys will you fill this window up with?" So its up to your child to actually draw in the toys. Now that sparks imagination.
Another example is a little girl holding up a blank mirror. The caption reads, "I wonder what I will look like when I'm all grown up?". So again, it's up to your child to draw her idea of what she may look like. It's a real insight into your child's mind.
Susan has this to say on "What's Wrong with Coloring Books".
That said, my kids all started drawing/coloring/scribbling/ whatever you want to call it before their first birthdays. Although the results were not pretty, they enjoyed it. We usually started by taping a piece of paper to the high chair tray (it's a great way to keep babies occupied while you're making dinner!).
Right now, at 19 months, my youngest is very much into making art. She colors and scribbles on anything she can get her hands on (which has led to some unintentional redecorating- babies & sharpie markers do not mix well!!!!)
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Originally Posted by simple living mama
I have found something pretty cool. It's a book called the anti-coloring book by Susan Striker.
Crayola makes "Twistables" crayons--they're in a plastic case, so they don't get broken like regular crayons. You also don't need to sharpen them--just twist the case and more crayon comes out (like a mechanical pencil.)
For edible (or at least not too nasty if they eat it) finger paint, try this:
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 3/4 cups hot water
1 tablespoon glycerine
mix the cornstarch and water, then cook over low heat until it begins to boil. Remove from heat and add the glycerine and and food color and let cool.
Or use whipped cream and food coloring!
Single Mom to 3 (12, 17 & 21) and .
I think you can use some common things to make colors in playdough, etc, such as tumeric, spirulina, beet juice, ... I wouldnt use actual food coloring, but thats just me.
Originally Posted by annettemarie
I highly recommend the Stockmar beeswax black crayons. They are chunky enough for my one-year-old to hold, because of the shape, the encourage large motor fill the whole space coloring rather than small motor drawing, the colors are bright and true, they are all natural, and they smell good.
They also last a long long time and because of the shape they are much harder to break than regular crayons.
ds has been scribbling happily with his crayons since he was about 10 months old.
madly in with spiritwolf, dad to (9) & (5Â½)
Once, when she was a little shy of 2 years, we went out to eat... the waitress seated us and plopped a packet of crayons down in front of her. I said, "Oh look! H'ors d'ouvres!"
She looked at me verrrry strangely...