If you're in a hurry and just want to find the best crayons for your toddler, I'd recommend the Crayola Twistable Crayons.
Looking to increase your little one’s fine motor skills? Crayons can be a great way to keep your child on track to reach their developmental milestones while engaging their creativity. You may be wondering which crayons are the best crayons for toddlers. We have our favorites here for you to consider.
Here are the crayons I will be reviewing:
There are a lot of great reasons to go with crayons over other art mediums. Here are some of the big ones:
Opening a fresh box of crayons is always exciting. Here are some tips for when you’re crayon shopping:
Have an idea of what you’re looking for? Here are some crayons you may want to consider.
If you have a young toddler who’s just beginning to explore art with crayons, this set from Crayola can be a great choice. They’re specifically designed for toddlers’ young hands and their burgeoning fine motor skills. These egg-shaped crayons fit neatly in their hands and let them begin creating while frustration-free.
This is a set of six crayons. They’re red, green, blue, yellow, orange, and purple. Each oversized crayon is equivalent to 14 traditionally-sized crayons. If your little artist happens to run off the edge of their paper, these crayons wipe up easily for quick clean up.
These crayons don’t have a fine tip, so they’re less suited to artwork that involves coloring inside the lines. They’re great for large-scale projects and scribble art, though. They’re also less likely to break, which means they’ll be useful for longer. These crayons are not hollow but solid all the way through.
This set of crayons offers limited colors. However, there are enough there to help your little one learn their colors. They’ll also be able to experiment with early blending skills.
These crayons are designed for children ages 12 months to 10 years of age. They are certified non-toxic and do not include gluten—just in case your little one has a tendency to taste test art supplies.
These crayons aren’t for use in bathtubs, so you’ll want to stick to paper artwork at a table. They’re manufactured in the United States and additional colors can be purchased in the larger set option.
These crayons offer a unique shape that is perfect for young artists. The large bulb at the bottom fits easily in the palm of a toddler’s hand. There’s still enough of a point at the tip to give your little one some precision. This is a great crayon for a child with evolving fine motor skills.
Twelve different colors are included in this set. Your little one will get the basic primary colors as well as light green, light blue, black, and three different shades of pink.
The inside of the crayon is hollow. This allows the crayons to stack easily on top of one another and makes storage a breeze. They can even be stored out in the open for easy access. When your little one is finished using them, they can practice stacking, which will build dexterity and coordination while developing small muscles.
These crayons are hollow all the way through to the tip. This serves as a precautionary safety measure should your little one accidentally swallow the tip of the crayon. It won’t serve as an obstruction to the airway or a choking hazard.
In the event the crayon is swallowed, you can take comfort in the fact that these crayons are non-toxic. They do contain paraffin and soy wax, so be aware of any allergies your little one may have. They are CE-approved and have an EN71 certification. These crayons are easy to grip and write smoothly on paper. When needed, they are quick and easy to wash up off of surfaces.
Tired of crayons rolling out of your little one’s grasp and breaking when they hit the floor? Or do you find yourself climbing around under the table to constantly retrieve them? A triangular-shaped crayon helps prevent rolling and can be easy for a beginner to grasp.
This triangular crayon also encourages the proper grip your little one will need when they begin to write. Learning how to hold an implement early on can help avoid the creation of any bad habits that slow down future learning.
This set of crayons from Crayola consists of eight larger crayons in basic colors. Your little one will have brown, black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple to experiment with.
These crayons are easy-to-use. Your toddler won’t have to press down too hard to use them. They write smoothly on different kinds of papers and create consistent color. They’re also durable. Solid all the way through, their shape and density help prevent your crayon from breaking during use.
Though these are a great shape for young toddlers, they still offer a precise point. This point will allow your little one to easily color within lines and use them for more sophisticated projects. They can be a great crayon for a transitioning artist who’s leaving scribbling behind and refining their skills.
Have a grandparent who spends a lot of time coloring with your little one? These crayons are also a great choice for arthritic joints. Their size and shape help prevent hand and finger fatigue without sacrificing the experience of coloring.
If you’ve been looking for an alternative to the traditional wax crayon, you may want to consider these crayons. They’re made of 100 percent New Zealand beeswax. To keep the product extra safe and all-natural, they’ve opted to use food-grade pigments for the color. There’s nothing toxic in these crayons for your little one to accidentally ingest or be exposed to.
This crayon set is short and fat—perfect for little hands learning how to hold and use crayons. Their size and shape also helps contribute to their durability and prevents accidental breakage.
If environmental concerns are at the forefront of your mind, you can rest assured that these crayons are sustainable. They’re a low-impact product that’s environmentally friendly. The beeswax used in these crayons is the natural byproduct of harvested honey. Using the beeswax helps ensure nothing is wasted and helps to keep the hives and bees healthy.
This set of crayons comes in 12 fun colors to get your little artist started. Their light honey scent just adds to their appeal. These crayons are easy to use. The color transfers well and easily to paper. Your little one won’t need to press excessively hard and they’ll make smooth, even, marks with these crayons.
With the purchase of this crayon set, you’ll also receive a free e-coloring book. You’ll be able to print out your child’s favorite pages to color over and over again. There is a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee that comes along with your purchase. If you are unsatisfied, you can receive a full refund with no questions asked.
Tired of dealing with broken crayons and crayon sharpeners? These twistable crayons can help make your life a little easier. They come in a pack of 12 and include gold, silver, red, orange, yellow, green, sky blue, blue, violet, white, black, and brown.
These crayons provide smooth, creamy color on all writing surfaces. Your little one won’t need to press excessively hard to create rich, consistent color.
These crayons look like markers. Just pop off the cap and they’re ready to be used. When your tip wears down, simply twist the pen for fresh crayon. You can say goodbye to the tedium that comes along with peeling back paper and picking up scraps of crayon shavings.
The larger pen-style design makes these crayons easy for little hands to hold and use. However, these aren’t crayons you’ll want to leave very small ones alone with. They’re likely to be tempted to twist the pen more than necessary. If the crayon comes too far out of the casing, it may break off.
While these crayons provide great, easy color, they don’t have the classic crayon finish. Instead, these crayons have a more oily finish. This texture does mean it’s easier to use, but also that it’s easier to leave marks where they don’t belong. It’s also harder to clean than classic crayons.
The casing helps provide your crayon with more durability. Even little ones who have a tendency to press down hard on crayons and break them shouldn’t have a problem with these. There’s just enough crayon exposed to leave its mark, and not enough to easily break. These easy-to-use pen style crayons are great for older hands, too.
Crayons are a great tool to help your little one grow and develop. Of these listed here, my favorite has to be the Crayola Twistable Crayons. I love the feeling of drawing with these, since they practically glide along they page. The colors are really rich too, making for great pictures.
Ryan is a co-founder of Smart Parent Advice. When he isn't spending time with his wife, Cristin, or his two children, he can often be found running around on the tennis court.