Do you ever wonder what the appropriate age is to introduce your little one to coloring with crayons?
Depending on the interest of your little one, some might show interest as early as 10 months.
Coloring is another way of strengthening your little ones fine motor skills.
I found crayons that work great for this age. They are called “Finger Crayons”(pictured above). Sold online through Kaplan Early Learning @ www.kaplanco.com I have not seen these sold in regular stores.
Please note that you will need to keep a close eye on your little one with crayons. They will try to put them in their months due to their natural curiosity.
You can also find regular crayons in the “Jumbo” size in stores that sell craft supplies. These are great for toddler age group. I suggest finding ones that don’t have paper wrapped around them. Toddlers like to tear the paper off. This can also become a choking hazard.
Also, I’m always looking for pages to use for coloring. I found a wonderful website that has all sorts of coloring pages that can be downloaded for printing. Go to www.twistynoodle.com It’s free!
For first timers, I like to tape down the coloring page with masking tape on either their highchair tray or on a toddler table. I suggest using a surface that is easy to wipe off the crayon marks. Clorox wipes are handy for cleanups.
Here are more related fine motor activities: