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The best crayons for toddlers

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The best crayons for toddlers

When it comes to stocking up on an arts and crafts box for your toddler, crayons are an absolute must have. While you might think crayons are just crayons, many of them aren't suitable for children under 3, which is why it's so important to shop for crayons that are safe for your little one. 

Let them explore their creative side with our pick of the best crayons, designed specifically for creative little hands. 

These jumbo crayons are designed specifically for toddlers palms so they can easily create their first drawings. They're non-toxic and thanks to the thickness, they are far less breakable than thinner crayons. 

Age: From 12 months

One reviewer said: 'Perfect first set for my 13 month old. She can hold these and has started to 'draw'. She mainly just stabs at the paper and the crayons are sturdy enough to take it! The crayons mark easily on the page which is great because she doesn't need to press too hard to make a 'drawing'. She has popped them in her mouth and I've quickly pulled them back out and no damage or breakage as they are nice and thick. The tub is perfect to hold the crayons in and is useful to store them in.'

Although these crayons are a little on the pricier side, you can let your toddler play with these with the peace of mind that they are 100 per cent Pure Beeswax, making them totally natural in case your tot decides to chew them. 

Age: From 3 years

One reviewer says: 'Bought these crayons for my 2 year old grandson who has severe food allergies. Normal wax crayons contain animal derivatives and so make him sick. These are brilliant. He can happily use them with no adverse effect. They are just the right size for small hands and smell amazing. More expensive than normal wax crayons but worth every penny.'

These washable palm grip crayons have a comfortable round barrel design making it very easy for baby to grip even with small hands allowing them to easily make their first marks.

Age: From 3 years

One reviewer said: 'My daughter's first crayons are easy to hold for her small hands. They perfectly fit in her palm and are easy to use. Last but definitely not least, it is really washable - she likes to draw on the floor, even if she does it, you don't have to worry about it because it's easy to wipe it off even with baby wipes. So definitely would buy it again.' 

Crayola Twistables are wax sticks with an added twist, you just need to simply twist the end of the barrel and you're ready to start drawing. When you start to run out of crayon, just twist for more colouring fun - no sharpening needed. 

Age: From 3 years

One reviewer said: 'My 2 year old still likes to chew on everything. Give him a crayon and he will eat the whole thing!
I bought these in the hope that he would go to chew on it but not be able to eat the crayon and if he does get the end bit poking out then that’s all he gets as he hasn’t learnt how to get more of it out. I have actually had a few nice pictures from him now as he is slowly giving up the effort to get the crayon!' 

These are specially designed for small hands. They're non-toxic and they easily stack together, making them a great 2-in-1 toy for building and creating. These crayons are also washable with some soapy water giving you peace of mind. 

Age: From 3 years

One reviewer said: 'Got my little one colouring independently at 13 months as they're so easy to grip and hard enough that he doesn't have a mouth full of crayon when he bites. But perhaps a bit too brittle as a couple of them have cracked after being thrown on the flower. Still, I bought a pack for my niece too cause I love them so much.'

You can't go wrong with some basic jumbo crayons and this handy pack is a steal! Containing 8 different colours in a thick design which won't break easily. 

Age: From 12 months

One reviewer said: 'I bought these for my one year old and he loves them! He enjoys using them and I’m really happy that they encourage his mark making skills! I bought these a month ago and we have already spent hours just colouring with them. They are easy to grip and support hand eye coordination. All round an excellent product - as always from Crayola!'

These high-quality, non-toxic and environmentally friendly crayons are 100% safe for kids. They're easily washable and easy for little hands to draw with. 

Age: From 12 months 

One reviewer said: 'Bought two sets, for my grandaughter and niece, their mums are pleased with these as there's no mess.

Don't want to risk getting your house messy with crayon mess? It might be best to get your tot some bath crayons which can easily wash away when cleaning the bath. Containing five colours, these crayons are great for getting creative during bath time. 

Age: From 36 months

One reviewer said: 'These are a big hit with my kids. They write clearly and are easy to wipe off the bath and tiles. The only reason I took off a star is because the yellow is basically useless. It doesn’t show up against white and never gets used. They could have replaced it with a pink, a purple or a black, any of which would have been more useful.' 

These crayons are designed to easily wash clean from skin, most washable clothing and painted walls while being safe and non-toxic for your tot. They're also quite large in size making it easy for your child to grip them when colouring or drawing. 

Age: From 3 years 

One reviewer said: 'Great product. I was looking for easy to clean crayons and markers for my baby daughter and came up to this brand. Read reviews and was not disappointed. Easy to clean from different surfaces. Purchased both crayons and markers, but my daughter prefers crayons more. Crayons are easy to clean when baby draws somewhere outside the paper. Cleaned them from plastic, carpet, ceramic tiles, wooden chair, car panel. Also the product is fairly priced. Recommended.'

  • Author: Lorna White Lorna White
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Lorna is the digital executive and regular contributor for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website which specialises in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting magazine. Lorna specialises on a range of topics from potty training and nutrition, to everything and anything that will keep your tot occupied!

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