The first colorful mark your child creates is a milestone to be celebrated! Crayola’s child development expert Cheri Sterman offers tips on how to use wonderful, together-time moments to encourage a child’s development and sense of discovery.
- Build their vocabulary. Not sure what to say about the page of dots or dashes your child created? Describe the colors and shapes you see to help your child add new words to their vocabulary.
- Tell me about your picture? Children’s drawings are their first communication well before they can read and write. Ask your child to tell you about the drawing they create. That blue blob you’re looking at may be a puppy, an elephant or a tiger. It’s OK for the same blue blob to mean something different tomorrow. Resist the urge to tell your child what you see and listen to their interpretation.
- Focus on the process. Pudding paintings and rhythmically dotting colors on paper are part of the important journey to eventually creating more recognizable drawings. Emphasize the enjoyment of the process more than the end result. The actual work is not as important as the joy your child felt when creating it.
- Creative confidence. As your child grows into the toddler years, and their scribbles take shape creative confidence begins to bloom. One of the best responses to your child’s artwork is, “Let’s hang it on the refrigerator together.”
My opinions are in the bright-colored font after each product we’ve tried. I am new to this line and really fell in love (both as a mom and a future gift-giver). It’s a simple to use line that allows your child to be very creative – without all the mess! Most of My First Crayola’s line is washable and designed for 12+ or 24+ months, but I found that Charlie was just as enamored with many of the art supplies. I even made a special place in our closet just to hold all of it because I know this is something we will continue to use, probably on a daily basis!
I love the basic art line of My First Crayola! The stampers, crayons, and markers are simple enough for Jack (16 months) to use, but Charlie (3 years old) loves playing with them also! They are not messy and they actually become toys around the house as well. They look like little characters which makes them the perfect fit for any pretend play!
Triangular Crayons & Washable Markers
My First CrayolaTM art tools progress from easy-to-grasp washable crayons, marker holders and stampers, to triangular shaped crayons that guide a child’s hand into a proper writing grip. The shape also makes it easier for little ones to draw in a more purposeful and controlled way. For children age 24 mos +.
You had me at WASHABLE! One of the biggest things as a parent that I want (apart from something my kid loves) is something that either won’t take hours to clean up OR that won’t permanently damage things we own. I really like that my kids not only enjoy using the washable line, but also makes clean-up a breeze!
Toddlers can have clean, colorful and creative fun with My First Crayola Mess-Free Marker & Paper and My First CrayolaTM Mess-Free Fingerpaint and Paper. When used on magic mess-free paper, special markers and fingerpaints instantly reveal colorful patterns with no mess on skin, walls or fabric. Mess-Free Marker & Paper is recommended for children age 12 mos. + and Mess-Free Finger Paint for children 24 mos. +.
One of Charlie’s favorite things to do is fingerpaint, but with Jack in tow, it’s much harder to try and monitor his artistic side and make sure Jack stays out of trouble. The Mess-Free Fingerpaint and Paper make this very simple. I can simply pull out the paper and the clear-ish fingerpaint turns into beautiful rainbows on the paper! Charlie loved creating new designs and watching them “appear” like magic! The only downside to this product is that because it only works on specific paper, you may end up spending more money to keep this art habit going. However, I do think this would be a perfect birthday gift and comes with a decent amount of sheets to start with.
My First Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Activity Mat is perfect for colorful on-the-go creativity. It features 12 activities that slide into place on the mat so little ones can draw, erase and draw again using washable My First Crayola Washable Triangular Dry-Erase Crayons. The crayons’ triangular shape guides little fingers into a writing grip, so toddlers can more easily trace and create broad sweeps of color. The mat folds up easily and features convenient carrying handles and built-in storage. For children age 24 mos +.
This Dry-Erase Activity Mat is easy to use and would be great for car rides. With quite a few pictures, children can recreate whatever their heart desires and then start all over again once they want something new. (And you don’t have to scrub to get the crayon off either, with the rag it comes with, it’s pretty simple!) Charlie enjoyed this quite a bit!