Most of the time, this coloring device rolls and falls off the table. Your child may have to go down several times to pick them up. This will lessen his/her interest in coloring and painting. Hence, opt for flat-sided ones that will not roll off the table, thereby allowing your child to develop a liking for the art.
There are kids who enjoy eating this coloring device. In such a case, buy non-toxic ones. These are available in rectangular or triangular shapes instead of the regular cylindrical shape. Their unconventional shape helps in providing a firm grip.
Eco-friendly ones made from natural products like paraffin wax, beeswax, and soy are some of the safe products.
- Soy: These are made from soy wax or soybean oil, therefore, are considered to be non-toxic and safe. This is an excellent product which has a smooth texture. Their thick and oval-shaped make helps in providing an easy and firm grip.
- Beeswax: These are made from beeswax. They come with a natural smell of honey which is a favorite amongst most children. The smoothness of beeswax assists in providing a firm hold while scribbling.
- Paraffin: They are made from natural petroleum and are non-toxic. The availability of different bright and vibrant colors makes it all the more preferred.
Bathing time can become fun with soapy bath crayons used in the bathtub. They are available in stationery shops, and you can also make them at home by mixing soap (crushed/flakes), washable paints/food coloring, and warm water. They are comfortable to hold, and your little one can scribble on the sides of the bathtub while bathing.
- The tips tend to break and your toddler might eat the broken tip. Also, your little one will lose his/her interest in coloring if the tip keeps breaking all the time. Therefore, it is advisable to break the tips beforehand.
- You can also choose to remove the wrapper. This helps the kid roll the crayon, and discover new ways of coloring.
- Pens and pencils can cause serious injuries, as the children might poke themselves in the face. Hence, it is best to keep them out of their reach.
It is a good idea to keep a few of the earliest scribbles aside. You can frame a few or post them to the grandparents. It's a great way to archive your kids' art work and appreciate their creative efforts.