These drawing tools are perfect for toddlers and young kids because they promote effective grasp patterns and give kids good control as they learn to make shapes and lines.
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If you live or work with toddlers and/or young preschoolers, you know that their favorite thing in the world to do is…whatever you’re doing. We’ve all been there, checking emails with a toddler in our lap, pounding away at the keyboard. Cooking dinner with a little helper who has to take a turn stirring and pouring every ingredient. Being trailed around the yard by a toddler pushing a toy lawnmower.
While this “monkey see, monkey do” phenomenon can be a little bit frustrating when you’re in a hurry or just trying to get things done, the good news is that when kids copy every little thing we do, they are developing all kinds of skills and becoming more and more independent.
As an OT, some of the most fun toddler development stages to watch unfold are drawing, prewriting, and early writing skills. Toddlers love markers, pens, and crayons! They see older kids and adults using them and before you know it, they’re at the table pretending to “do their work/homework” just like mom, dad, or older brother and sister.
This is the perfect opportunity to set kids up with developmentally appropriate drawing tools that are designed to promote effective grasp patterns and give little hands better control and accuracy as they begin to demonstrate drawing and prewriting skills.
If you’re looking for a fun way to put some of these tools to use, check out these free directed drawing printables!
The Best Beginner Drawing Tools
What are your favorite drawing tools for younger kids? Share them in the comments below!
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