At what age can you introduce crayons?

Danielle - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 14 months and I was wondering what age is appropriate to introduce Crayons and finger paints?

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Alyssa - posted on 06/12/2010

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My daughter is 15 months. I just bought her fat crayons. I tape a piece of paper down to her high chair tray and let her color in front of me. I think all babies have taken a bit or two of crayons. My daughter has, but she spits it back out into my hand. Good Luck!!

I prefer the high chair so she doesn't go to the walls and furniture!

Natasha - posted on 06/13/2010

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my little man has been using crayons since he was 1 but on that note he isnt allowed to run around with them or stick it in his mouth or anything that will hurt him and if he is starting to be naughty he gets them taken off him also he is not allowed to have them unattened

Patty - posted on 06/15/2010

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When she shows interest in using the crayons I would say she is ready. My daughter is almost 15 months and just loves colouring. I think I introduced them at around 11 months. I've even let her use felt pens, dot dabbers, and paint (I've sat with her when she has used these). She also loves sticking stickers to all her works of art.

Ariel - posted on 06/11/2010

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We randomly try crayons with my 15 month twins and they have no desire to color. I didn't think it was an issue until we went to the pedi a couple of days ago and the doctor asked if they colored yet and i was like....ummmm.....no.....yea, I didn't feel so great. I like knowing where they need to be but I hate finding out I'm doing things wrong. UGH!!!

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Carole - posted on 04/26/2012

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I am guessing that it would be okay now as long as she is being constantly supervised..

Mary - posted on 06/15/2010

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Depends how many other children you have, ha. Let's just say my oldest was over a year and a half when she first started using crayons and my fourth child started using them before a year...sigh, it's hard to keep them away from them when you have other children using them. Just keep an eye on them.

Pamela - posted on 06/13/2010

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my little men have tadoodles from crayola they are ment for little hands but Im not so convinced my 29 Month old has only just got the hang of using them and he he very advanced with his motor skills such as zips and buttons. but they both love them they are cute and sing songs to them. I brought them pipsqueeks ( little texters 100% washable) also by crayola and these are much better both my boys can draw and colour with these. you can introduce them anytime but I think colour is not a activity to leave them alone to do the lids can make the choke and not to mention they will end up every where so its always a supervised session I sit with them both and draw along side and ask them questions about what they re drawing. its alot of fun

Liza - posted on 06/13/2010

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my son is 15 months, when started showing inerest in coloring i went out and bought the crayola begginers. he was about 11 months. he used regular crayons too, but does try to eat those. we do use the no mess crayola brand fingure paints, he does pretty good, since the stuff is ivisable he has no interest in eating it. he does use side walk chalk too, he has only put it in his once and realized he did not like that. so in my oppinion, when ever you think is ready. make sure it says non-toxic on whatever you do get so it will not make her sick. the first art work is always so beautiful. enjoy!

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GUess this info will really help.. My brother bought these special crayons thru amazon made from SOYBEAN as compared to thenormal waxy crayons...Its called Prang crayons
http://www.amazon.co.uk/crayons-pack-mad...
my toddler is 15 months now we have been using it since his bday we really liked it as its not that harmful compared to the others in the market. he does put it in is mouth but tries ti scribble at times on the paper too hahaha

Meghann - posted on 06/11/2010

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My boy is 15mths and has been using paints and crayons for a few months now. Of course he is supervised. Yeah he trys to eat them, but I just re-direct his attention to drawing and painting. The paints are non toxic poster paint and it washes straight out. Hes preschool started him on them and when I saw how much fun he was having decided to get some for home, and of couse like all proud mums....I keep every painting and drawing.

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2010

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My daughter is also 14 months and loves doing some coloring with her big sister, but i make sure they're the really chunky ones, and keep a very close eye on her cause she does like to try and eat them if she can!

Mandi - posted on 06/11/2010

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We're doing coloring with crayons :D We've gotten to know the rainbow poo phenomena. Stick with brands you trust. Crayola is non-toxic. For the little bit they may shred against their teeth before you grab them and correct their technique you should be okay.



We've been doing shapes and colors and already DD can identify 'star' 'circle' blue and yellow.



We tried the 'washable' crayons with the older kids, but they were actually a DISASTER. Water soluble crayons, with a kid who is going to put them in their mouth are a mess.



Stickers are another big favorite. Her favorite thing to put stickers on though is me!

Heather - posted on 06/10/2010

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my daughter is 15months old and she LOVES to colour...I bought her non toxic crayons for the first time about a month ago and some Seasame Street colouring books and it's all she wants to do. She has put the crayons in her mouth a couple times but I'm always right there and so she's never eaten any wax. She always wants momma to colour with her and she never leaves the colouring book with the crayon so for her she was and is totally ready. I say try it out with your daughter and if she can grasp the concept and keep the crayons on the page and out of her mouth (and off the walls etc lol) than you have nothing to worry about!

Lucy - posted on 06/09/2010

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It depends on the kid. Mine is still only interested in eating them and won't try to color yet, but one of her little friends has been coloring for months - you kinda just have to try it and see.

Stacey - posted on 06/09/2010

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I believe all of crayols atuff is non-toxic We started our son with markers they came out with ones that only show up on a certian kind of paper so if he dose try to write where he is not suppose too its all good lol my son is 14 months

Jamie - posted on 06/09/2010

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we use crayons and my son is now 15 months,, they had ones that are in these balls shapes, but as a previous preschool teacher, I don't care for them. I just bought big fat crayons, he does just fine. Same with markers. We just had to tell him a few times not to eat them :) Have fun!!

Carisa - posted on 06/09/2010

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I waited a lot longer with my first than I am with the second...we haven't tried crayons, but we do let her use chalk with her big sister...we do our best to keep her from eating it, but it is non toxic.

Nichole - posted on 06/09/2010

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My daughter is 15 months today and we just started colouring with crayons a few days ago. I colour with her and have to keep reminding her that we don't eat crayons. I let her pick one out of the box at a time to use and when she starts getting cranky or demanding we are done. I can't wait to start painting with her but she seems a bit too young yet IMO.

Alicia - posted on 06/09/2010

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My daughter has been playing with pencils and seems to enjoy it. I read somewhere that if you make a batch of custard up...add a few drops of food colouring..and hey presto! finger paint!...probably not a good idea around meal time though!
i'm going to try it next week once we are all over this flu!

Tracy - posted on 06/08/2010

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My little boy is in daycare and they use food as art projects, that way if they do put it in their mouth it's not harmful. The've done pudding art & table syrup (as glue) and some type of cereal (oatmeal, cheerios, fruit loops), just tape a piece of construction paper to the highchair. It is really fun but the only down side it you wouldn't be able to keep it for too long. good luck and have fun :)

Colleen - posted on 06/08/2010

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Our 15 month old son has been using crayons and finger paints under strict supervision at his daycare for a couple of months now. I would never leave him alone with them now, but some of the art work he's created is already framed in our home!!! :-)

Wendy - posted on 06/08/2010

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my daughter is 15mos and she has been coloring since 10-11mos, we watch her cause she will sneak a bite here and there if she has the chance!

Danielle - posted on 06/03/2010

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Great, thanks ladies for all the responses. I'm going to look for those weeble wobble ones!!!

Marissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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my daughter has been using crayons since 11 and a half months...about 12 and 1/2 months i left her alone with paper and crayons and she scribbles all day but only on the paper..so when ur child shows independence and can follow directions then that's when she's or he is ready.

Brittany - posted on 06/03/2010

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For my LO's first birthday, she got the Crayola ones that Collins mentioned. They look like weeble wobbble, that way the LO can grasp them better. They came in a little boat and we added them to her bath time toys. She LOVES drawing on the sides of the bathtub now, and it wipes right off. Soon, we plan to give her the large crayons to draw with, since all crayons are non toxic and she enjoys marking paper.

Rachel - posted on 06/02/2010

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I've just recently begun introducing crayons with my son. He usually tries to stick them in his mouth, but I think he's gradually getting the idea you can make marks with them on paper. I don't leave him to play with them on his own. I read somewhere (might have been another conversation on this site) of finger painting with yoghurt or pudding pots - then it doesn't matter if they try to eat it!

Megan - posted on 06/02/2010

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My 14.5 month old has been playing and coloring with crayons since about 12 months, yes, she's taken a few bits, only once chewing and swallowing (not in my care). I always sit and color and draw pictures with my daughter, so I dont think she's too young.. But if your just planning to sit them down with crayons and paper and leave them be, i'd say at least 18 months, maybe more.

Beck - posted on 06/01/2010

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We just started drawing with textas. I sit and do it with him though. He plays with chalk on his black board in the sand pit...but does try and eat it too! Yuk!

Katherine - posted on 06/01/2010

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Someone has a brand out there for 18mo the little weeble wobble like ones so they can't eat them, markers too. It might be crayola. I think our LO's are still too young, IMO.

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