I am not super adventurous or brave, both of which I am okay with. I do not own white furniture because I feel that it would really just end up brown or multicolored within hours…yes hours, because that is how often my little guys spill things, discover how to draw a car track with sharpies, or just decide that stickers make everything better. My Big Man wasn’t much of a little artist. He didn’t prefer the feel of finger paint, or anything that got on his skin. He loved the dry erase markers because well he could use the eraser. Now my little man, he is all in. He has no fear of any textures. The minute his big brother pulls out the art bin he wants to be right in there with him. Crayola My First has been a wonderful fit for us.
Crayola’s My First collection has 3 stages:
- STAGE 1 ” Scribble”:
- Palm Grasp
- Random Scribbles and Dots
- Ready to Start Exploring Creative Activities
- STAGE 2 “Doodle”
- Trip-pod Grip
- Intentional Creations
- Art is Beginning to Take Shape!
- STAGE 3 “Draw”
- Traditional Hold
- Recognizable Pictures
- Preschool Preparation
Below I have linked some of the products and put their descriptions from the varies stages of crayola.com.
My First Crayola Fingerpaint & Paper Kit: (from STAGE 1)
“With My First Crayola Fingerpaint Kit, the only thing kids need to start creating and learning are their own hands. Three 3-ounce easy-squeeze tubes of fingerpaint and 10 sheets of paper provide hours of tactile experimenting, color mixing, and artistic fun.” from Crayola.com. Recommend for 12+months and up. I love this because it comes with the special paper and paint and it is all washable! We got it on clothes, the dining table, the chair and most of the bathroom, (because you must touch everything enroute to washing your hands), and it all washes off rather easy with just a simple wet cloth.
My First Palm Grip Crayons: (from STAGE 1)
“My First Palm Grip Crayons are solid crayon colors in a fun, easy-to-grip shape! These whimsical art tools are both colorful and full of color-and made to outlast toddlerhood! Includes 3 Scribbled Egg Crayons.” (from Crayola.ca) Recommend for 12+months and up. These are great as little ones are learning to grip and scribble. It is wonderful that they do not need to figure out a specific point to be able to color.
Tripod Grip Stampers: (from STAGE 2)
“My First Crayola Tripod Grip Stampers are perfect for the beginning artist. Each My First Crayola Tripod Grip Stamper combines ink and stamper in one, no messy ink pad needed – just press on the paper and voila! The triangular shape of each stamper is specially designed to guide little hands into the tripod grip for purposeful and controlled stamping and prevents stampers from rolling away and getting lost.” (from Crayola.ca)
Triangular Crayons: (from STAGE 2)
“Crayola’s brand of crayons delivers easier colouring and truer colours for hours of creative colouring fun! Crayola Crayon quality standards are based on four criteria: colour quality, performance, packaging and certified non-toxicity.” (from Crayola.ca)
Preschool Readiness Kit: (36+ months)
- 40pg Activity Book 8.5” x 11”, 20 Sheets of Construction Paper, 3 Sticker Sheets, 10ct Ultra Clean Broadline Markers, 8ct Hexagon Coloured Pencils, 8ct Ultra Clean Jumbo Crayons, Safety Scissors, Glue Stick
- Comprehensive pack of My First Crayola art tools & activities for preschool children.
- Comes with a variety of tools and activities that are designed to help kids 36m+ prepare for preschool.
- Fosters developmental growth in the areas of physical, thinking, social & language skills.
- Includes Jumbo Crayons, Hexagonal Colored Pencils, Sticker Sheet, Safety Scissors and more!
- Helps kids “Grow Creatively!” (from Crayola.ca)
Another favorite, though recommended for 3 years old and up, is crayola’s Color Wonder Mess Free Line. I LOVE THIS STUFF! The markers only work on the special paper, so if your kid goes free-lance on you with the markers, it is okay. This line also has a bit of everything, travel size, finger paints, stow & go studio and more. Even though it is recommended for 3 and up, the marker set my almost 2-year-old loves. I put the coloring sheets on a clip board for him and he will happily color away.
What are some of your go-to art supplies and brands for your little ones?