If I didn’t already have a huge stash of art supplies in our home school cupboard for M, I would totally be here. Toys “R” Us is having a buy 1, get 2 free deal for Crayola crayons and markers until 8/27.
I don’t buy any traditional, old school crayons for M. Instead, I stocked up on these Twistable Crayons which completely solves the problem of broken crayons and the subsequent tears when Mom can’t put the pieces back together. Toddlers can be incredibly hard on regular crayons even the triangular and jumbo crayons. So, this solves the drop & break and death grip problems. The shape is good for acclimating your child to the shape and feel of a pencil or pen. I also love that I can pack a few in my bag for M and not worry about them breaking or getting crayon all over everything since you can retract the tips. These also come as Twistable Color Pencils.
Another favorite Crayola product right now is the washable dry-erase crayons which completely eliminate the horrible chemical smell of dry erase markers. I don’t want to deal with the problem of M marking up the furniture and cabinets in our house or trying to scrub dry erase marker off his hands. Some people have complained that it is hard to erase with the cloth that comes with the pack. Actually, using baby or wet wipes takes the crayon right off the white board. I love these because I can just leave the crayons sitting out on M’s whiteboard tray which means that he can write his letters and numbers any time he wants instead of waiting until I have time to supervise marker use. These are a great even for toddler hands because the crayons are thicker like beginner crayons.
I also love the Pipsqueak Crayola markers and pencils. These are shorter markers with a thicker barrel which works perfectly for toddler hands. Also the tips of the markers are more blunted and rounded which is great for the tectonic plate level pressure that M’s hands put these markers through.
Have fun with your kids making interesting art projects!