As a kindergarten teacher, I always found it odd to meet a child who did not like to color, draw, or anything like that. At 4/5/6, most children enjoy coloring and being creative, but every once in a while you'd come across a child who would rather do anything than color. This posed one unique problem in that a lot of kindergarten work is done through coloring... whether it is completing a worksheet, illustrating a picture or diagramming how you solved a math problem... you need to draw it so I can see that you know what you know.
For Christmas, Blake got TaDoodles Crayons. When I originally saw these as a teacher I was like... these are great! Young toddlers will be able to color without the issue of holding the crayon... yeah nope! First off Blake tried to eat all the tops off the crayons. Second he would hold them and then try to draw with the side of the TaDoodle not with the crayon part.
I would help him from time to time, but he wasn't really interested in drawing with them. So we put them away and said... soon we will try again.
For Easter, Blake got TaDoodles First Marks and TaDoodles All-in-one Paint. Again I think... ok lets try this again and see what happens. Again he tries to eat them (yes he tries to eat everything!). But, the bigger issue was he still wasn't comfortable holding them the way they were designed to be held, andddd they got paint and marker EVERYWHERE! At least they are washable!
Ok... I give up. We will put these all up here and sooner or later we will try again. Maybe when his teeth finally finish cutting and he doesn't want to eat anything and everything. Well, my little guy decided he was ready to try again. He was looking at a simple board book that was about the color purple. He turned to the crayon page, brought the book to me and I said "look a purple crayon". At this time, he walked over to the counter where the crayons were and pointed up. I got down the box of Kid's First Large Washable Crayons and the pad of blank paper. He then sat with Richard and I and colored not one, not two but three different pages. He only tried to eat one crayon one time and stopped before he even got it in his mouth.
The next day he again went over to the counter and pointed up to the crayons wanting to draw another picture. I thought ok lets try the TaDoodles again... yeah NOPE! That was a major failure. So for Blake anyway we will stick with the good old fashion fat crayons. And just be happy that he has decided to like to draw!