He gets extremely upset when he makes a mistake (which is pretty often-he just turned 4 this summer, after all!) because you can't erase crayon or marker, the typical tools of the trade for this age. Both of his Grandmas have sent him some really great coloring books to entice him, but nothing could convince him, until finally we hit upon some outside-the-box solutions, and I thought I'd share them in case other mamas are struggling with the same thing! Without further adieu, here are my top choices for preschoolers who don't like traditional coloring books:
Scribbles series coloring books
This innovative coloring book series starting with Scribbles followed by Doodles and Squiggles comes from Japanese artist Taro Gomi and contains prompts rather than pictures to color in. A few pages have prompts an American probably wouldn't have included, but it's easy to cut out or ignore just those pages (like a very simple toilet with the prompt "Draw someone sitting"). My son actually loves this coloring book! I think it hopes that there is no real right or wrong way to do most of the pages which helps my son feel free to just enjoy being creative!
Pencils and erasable colored pencils
While non-sharp writing utensils are understandably the writing instrument of choice for most preschoolers, pencils like the Chunky #2 Pencils I bought my son, or Erasable Colored Pencils can really bring out the creativity in a kid who won't let loose with crayons and markers. The funniest thing to me is that my son doesn't even want to erase all that often...he just wants to know that he can erase if he needs to.
Wipe away books
Dry erase, wipe away, or Wipe Clean books are another fun alternative to traditional coloring books and workbooks. Like the name indicates, they have slick pages so you can wipe away your marks with a tissue or paper towel or piece of felt. Roger Priddy, a baby book powerhouse, makes the best wipe away books for preschoolers in my opinion. We have two at our house and a handful more at my mother-in-laws house and he generally colors in at least one or two every day!
Dry erase colored pencils
Last but not least, Crayola's latest invention, dry erase colored pencils, is nothing short of brilliant in my opinion. They have bright colors, the wood makes them durable (I won't buy dry erase crayons anymore because they are so easily broken), they don't stink like dry erase markers, and they make beautiful lines and even shading, which is pretty much unheard of in the world of dry erase! I really hope they keep making these and make many more colors. I love these and intend to have a box on hand as long as they make them! When my son is coloring, the dry erase colored pencils are the thing I want to steal and use myself!
What drawing tools and books do your kids love?
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