Here’s a question asked by a friend of mine over the weekend, and I thought to myself, I bet there are others out there that would like to know the answer. Allow me to introduce the very first Ask Octavia and Vicky post!
The answers to two questions will help you know if your baby or toddler is ready for drawing using drawing tools:
– can they grasp a crayon?
– have they stopped putting anything and everything in their mouths?
Ideally you can answer ‘yes’ to both questions before starting drawing with your baby. Many children can grasp a crayon at around 11 – 13 months. Children with older brothers and sisters are more likely to have a crack at using crayons earlier, just because they’re more likely to have access to them! If your child hasn’t started scribbling by around 16 months, it may be worth mentioning next time you check in with your child and youth health nurse.
Some good tools to start with are good quality, thick, non-toxic crayons, markers and chalk. We have tried and tested the Micador Early Start range (nope, they didn’t ask me to write this – I just love them!). The colours are bright, they are easy to use, they wash off easily and they have lasted the test of time. Check out the Chunky Markers, Chunky Stampers, Crayon Kids, Egg Chalk, and Jumbo Chalk. Crayola also makes Bath Tub Crayons and Bath Tub Markers, to really help contain the mess.
If your little is not yet able to grasp a crayon, or still enjoys putting everything in their mouth, a great pre-drawing activity is finger painting. Try making these homemade edible finger paints from The Imagination Tree.
When did your child start to enjoy drawing?